'Dolomites: the killing mountains' talk
I have climbed for many years in the Dolomites region of northern
Italy, utilising the 'Via Ferrata' - fixed iron cables that were
originally set up to allow Austrian and Italian troops to fight at high
altitude in World War I.
These sheer, mountainous routes are still littered with evidence of the military conflict, together with the suffering an implacable nature inflicted upon the unfortunate soldiers posted here. Many of them, from these remote self sufficient mountain valleys, had friends and relations fighting on the other side and loyalties were often torn.
In this talk, I explore the impressive mountain landscape, the techniques for negotiating it, and also delve into the history of this little known harsh wartime frontline.
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