Events all cancelled? Maybe not entirely!
The “Incontri d’alt(r)a quota” (Other High Altitude Encounters), organised by the UNESCO Dolomites Foundation, have enlivened many mountain huts in previous summers, introducing hundreds of people to the culture of the mountains, to quality products, and to the kindness of the hut managers. However, this year, the events were forced to capitulate to the COVID-19 emergency. But perhaps not entirely.
We hope to meet up anyway
The restrictions in place at the moment make it impossible to plan the event, but there is still a chance that it might be held in September, in full compliance with the rules. You would then be able to take a journey through time and space to the Cava Buscada mountain hut in Val Zemola, one of the entrance points to the Dolomiti Friulane Natural Park. The appointment at Cava Buscada was one of the “Incontri d’alt(r)a quota” scheduled for 2019, but it had to be cancelled due to bad weather. We hope to be able to catch up with it as soon as the regulations allow us to set an appointment in complete safety. Then visitors can enjoy the geology, history and natural wonders of a place with a wonderful range of fauna and flora, an ammonite garden, and the remains of a marble quarry business, opened in 1953, and carefully preserved by the managers.
The events of the previous editions
During 2019, the “Incontri d’alt(r)a quota” took place at the Berti al Vallon Popera mountain hut, the Agostini mountain hut in the Brenta Dolomites, the Pian de Fontana mountain hut in the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park and the Pradidali mountain hut, under the Pale di San Martino. In 2018, this adventure in cookery and culture was held at the Galassi mountain hut, under Mount Antelao, and the Dal Piaz mountain hut, on the Vette Feltrine. All the events followed a similar pattern: a walk accompanied by a mountaineering or nature guide, tastings of special dishes made with local products, and then book presentations or musical events. In each case, the aim was to take participants on a journey through the nature, landscape and geology of the Dolomites, as well as their cultural diversity and gastronomy.