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.
More about the Drei Zinnen will come up soon. Keep an eye out….
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