A mini-documentary of 3 minutes tells about the works at the 3.342 metres of the Capanna Punta Penia, after the passage of the storm Vaia, in view of the opening on June 20th, when on the Queen of the Dolomites the alpinists will find again Carlo Budel, the social hut managers, waiting for them
Last 29th October, the Vaia storm caused many damages even at altitude, but after some extraordinary maintenance works even at Capanna Punta Penia, the highest refuge in the Dolomites, the season starts - as is tradition - on June 20th. The building - realised about 60 years ago using the ruins of an Austrian outpost (dating 1916) – is located on Punta Penia, the highest peak of the Marmolada group, at 3.342 metres. The works have been quite difficult, not only because of the altitude, the difficulty of access and the exposure to the wind, but also for the abundant snow that, at the beginning of June, still reaches the roof of the cabin. The owner of the hut, the architect AurelioSoraruf, also owner of the refuge Castiglioni on the Fedaia pass, has personally taken care of the works to the coverage, of the reinforcing to the anchor supports and of the substitution of the fixtures, helped by the keeper of the Capanna, Carlo Budel, and by his brother Omar.
Marmolada is one of the dolomitic groups considered Unesco World Heritage Site and, right on occasion of the 10th anniversary of this acknowledgement, the tourist board Val di Fassa has decided to dedicate to this tiny "worksite" on Punta Penia a mini-documentary of 3 minutes, realized by the journalists Andrea Selva and Elisa Salvi and published on the social media of Val di Fassa – which tells about the works to free the refuge from the snow and the following maintenance works, and which is the first of a series dedicated to the return at altitude after the storm Vaia.
Carlo Budel – also known as the "social refuge manager" due to the pictures and video that he loves to send from the peak - can now spend his second season on the top of the Dolomites in safety and offer rest and refreshment to the mountaineers that get on top through the glacier (normal way), the via ferrata and the western crest, but also to the alpinists that reach the top facing the vertical difficulties of the southern wall. "This is an isolated place – Soraruf tells - but it launches you in a global dimensions, because up there the gaze goes from the Austrian Alps to Venice. It’s a place where you feel part of the world, but also quite detached, insomuch that you manage to observe things with a certain indifference".