150 years first ascent of the Sassolungo

In the Summer of 2019 it will be the protagonist: the Sassolungo!


Since time immemorial it has played a major role and in the Summer of 2019 it will be the protagonist: the Sassolungo – the mountain of the Val Gardena. There is a lot to tell about the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Dolomite mountain by Paul Grohmann: stories, anecdotes, curiosities and all sorts of interesting facts.

Paul Grohmann was born in 1838 in Vienna and was one of the best-known mountaineers of the 1860’s and 1870’s. From 1856 he was regularly in the mountains and climbed numerous peaks. He first turned his attention to the Dolomites in 1862. He had made it his mission to make height measurements in the mountains. So it was on 13th August 1869, when Paul Grohmann set off together with the two local mountain guides Innerkofler and Salcher.

The Sassolungo was considered at the time to be unclimbable, due to the numerous dangerous rock falls and the amount of time required for the ascent. Not for Grohmann however - the daring mountaineer managed to reach the summit together with Innerkofler and Salcher. It was a sensation and a groundbreaking achievement: Paul Grohmann had written an important part in mountaineering history.

During the summer months, numerous events will revolve around the legendary mountain, including an exhibition of photos and pictures in St. Christina.