Imagine being tasked with the job of getting thousands of soldiers safely across this terrain, out of sight from the enemy. That was the challenge faced by military commanders as battles raged across the Dolomites during the First World War. The solution they came up with was nothing short of ingenious; make the mountains climbable and accessible to troops using cables, wires, and metal rungs. Those via ferratas (“iron roads”) are still in place and now lead climbers and mountaineers to some of the greatest summits in the Alps.

Reblogged from National Geographic


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