Alpine climbing has been practised in the Ampezzo Valley since the mid-19th century. Paul Grohmann
, originally from Vienna, was one of the pioneers of mountaineering in the Dolomites. When he saw the Dolomites for the first time, from the Grossglockner (Austria’s highest mountain), he was charmed by their beauty and decided to explore the area and conquer the summits. In August 1863, he was the first to climb the highest peak in the Ampezzo Valley - the Tofana di Mezzo, 3,244 m
- accompanied by the local climber Francesco Lacedelli.
Paul Grohmann became internationally famous and contributed significantly to establishing the reputation of Cortina d’Ampezzo throughout Central Europe. The first hotels were founded, the railway was built, and it led to the creation of a new profession for those who loved and knew these mountains: the mountain guide. In 1871, as many as 9 official mountain guides were registered in Cortina.
Today, there are numerous Mountain Guides
working in the area of Cortina d’Ampezzo, available to accompany expert alpinists as well as mountain enthusiasts along the stunning classic and modern routes to the summits of the mountains surrounding the Queen of the Dolomites. They also offer rock climbing courses
for beginners, both indoor and outdoor.