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Mountainous Monday: Paternkofel or Paterno

It’s time for another Mountainous Monday! Today we’ll share one that you may not have heard about and that is not too well known, but that Anto recently climbed and that achievement made her pretty proud…

The Paternkofel  (German) or Il Paterno (Italian) is a 2.744 meter high giant located in the Dolomites in South Tyrol. During the First World War there were quite a bit of fights on the mountain, which resulted in a lot of (hidden) passages that will lead you right through the rocks.

Il Paterno looks different from all sides. When we walked up from the south, the peak was hidden behind the rest of the mountain and couldn’t actually be distinguished. When looking at it from the north (or to be more specific, from the Drei Zinnen Hütte) it looked like a real peak and it was pretty hard for her to imagine that Anto actually climbed it.

Well, climbing is a big word, there’s an easy-medium Klettersteig /Ferrata that leads to the top. Most of the time you can secure yourself to the cables, however in some parts there are just no cables or you have to climb using only your hands and feet. The last bit to the top is plain walking. From there, the 360 degree panoramic view is pretty overwhelming…

Il Paterno is located next to the famous Drei Zinnen rock formation. You can get there by car from the valley and will only have to ascend about 400 meters to reach the top. However, you need Klettersteig gear and experience with alpinism. If you don’t want to do all the climbing, you can observe the mountain from the hiking trails that leads around Drei Zinnen.

view-on-dreizinnen-hutte view-from-the-south the-only-way-is-up south-view on-the-top in-the-snow

More about the Drei Zinnen will come up soon. Keep an eye out….
For previous editions of the Mountainous Monday, go here.

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  • Hannah

    Wow good for you, that looks and sounds like a great accomplishment! Looks like you got a great view too- I like the picture of the little red roofed building off in the distance.

  • Alli

    I always enjoy your mountainous posts! I want to incorporate more mountains and hiking in my travels to come! You guys are awesome! Keep up the great work 🙂

    • anto

      Thanks Alli! I’m sure you can built more walking into your life easily – just take it step by step, we weren’t mountaineerers from the start either. Or well, I’m still not really, Martijn is though, he’s the total adventurous guy 🙂 I’m still scared at times … typical girlie thing I guess

  • Margherita @The Crowded Planet

    Great post! Looks like you had fun doing the ferrata! I love ferrate myself, but nothing beats proper climbing! Funnily enough, I’ve never been to the Tre Cime (hope you’ll forgive me for not using the German name!) but I really want to!

    • anto

      I know, I should have mentioned both names of Tre Chime too … 🙂 I’ve never been climbing up in the Alps or anywhere else other than Germany but Martijn has and he loves it. For now I’m glad that I survived the Ferrata hahaha

  • Chris Boothman

    Your pictures are absolutely stunning! I am always very envious of folks that are able to traverse the heights of these mountains so kudos to you for doing this type of excursion.

    One of the fascinating aspects of exploring mountainous regions are just what type of landscapes/terrain you will be dealing with, plus of course the inevitable AMAZING scenery and picture opportunities you will be given!

    Looks like a perfect spot for a GoPro camera as you make your way around these mountainous regions.

    • anto

      Thanks Chris! When up there, I realized I should have taken a Go Pro but at the time of packing it seemed too much hassle to carry it along for just a few days. How wrong I was. Anyway more posts with stunning pictures from the top will follow …

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