A HIKE TO CIMA GALLINA, ON THE TRAILS OF THE GREAT WAR
We start from Rifugio Col Gallina (2,055 m) when the sunset first begins to color the sky. By the time we’ve walked a few meters, Averau, Sasso di Stria, Lagazuoi, Tofane, Valparola, and Cinque Torri are ablaze on the horizon, while the stories of the historical reenactor slow our pace. The nature around is silent, and imagining how so much beauty has been violated by men fighting their own kind makes us shudder.
A succession of gentle ups and downs leads to the fork connecting Croda Negra and Cima Gallina: the spectacle offered by Monte Civetta, the Pale di San Martino, and the Marmolada is incongruent with the view of the tunnels dug by soldiers during the Great War.
We turn right, going around the rocky outcrop on the eastern slope of Cima Gallina (2,322 m). The Italian artillery stronghold of the Great War and the lookout posts stand suspended, becoming one with the orange rock, at the base of the outline of the tower that emerges from the expanse below.
A hot meal, cooked on a wood stove, anecdotes about life in the trenches. We can’t close our eyes: the stars above the mountains keep us looking up, while our thoughts return to what happened on these crests a few decades ago.