No sooner said than done! We’d identified the perfect destination: The little Attilio Sieff bivouac hut, on the southern slopes of the Latemar Massif, 2,365 metres above sea level. With a wood stove, it’s comfortable enough on even the coldest winter days. And all around it; steep enticing chutes. Shouldering our heavy backpacks (the sleeping bag alone weighs around 2 kg) we managed a comfortable pace going up the Cima del Forcellone gulley.
Seeing as the hut we were aiming for was less than 200 vertical metres down, in a diagonal south-easterly direction below the Cima del Forcellone gulley, we kept our skins on and headed over. Sitting by a roaring fire, we enjoyed a hearty Valentine’s meal, washed down with a shot of schnaps to celebrate the first day. The following morning, we were treated to an incredible sunrise, with an inversion shrouding the base of the valley in cloud.
The sight from there prompted huge grins all round – pristine powder was in the cards yet again. The joy as we floated down this chute was immense.
On Sunday, Valentine’s Day, my darling surprised me with chocolate hearts – heaven! We loaded up our heavy packs again and headed up towards the Forcella dei Camosci col. The ski tour was perfectly rounded off by a steep descent down the Chiesa chute followed by a cold, refreshing beer from the take-away box at the Epircher Laner Hut. What a weekend!
Another beautiful, sunny weekend was forecast, so we wasted no time in making our way back up to our Latemar ‘basecamp’. This time, we went up via the Torre di Pisa Hut, in the baking heat, before descending to our base. Late in the afternoon Michael started up to the narrow gully directly between the Torre Diamantidi and the Forcella dei Campanili col, but I decide to leave him to it because of the snow conditions, preferring to watch from below.
The following morning the same two friends who joined us last time, came to meet us at the hut. Together, we made our way up to the summit of Torre Diamantidi, the highest peak in the Latemar Dolomites, where we were treated to the very best corn snow conditions on the way back down. After a short break, we skinned back up to the hut and continued on up to the Forcella dei Campanili col.
Freund, Schatz und Skifahrer:
Die beiden Freunde auf Besuch:
Niklas Eisath, Philipp Waid
Latemarmassiv – Südtiroler Dolomiten
Wann: Februar 2021
Biwak Attilio Sieff 2365m