Project "Capanna Quintino Sella" - Press release

Saddle hut

Capanna Quintino Sella to Rochers Mont Blanc: part of the restoration, opens the subscription

The 2015 finally seems to be a good year. Two years after the festivities of the 150 ° CAI foundation will turn on the most of the historic restorations of the four mountain huts which bear the main architect of the association nameThe Quintino Sella Biella (1827-1884), hydraulic and mining engineer and three times the Finance Minister of the Kingdom of Italy after the Unification between the 1862 and 1873, but above all passionate mountaineer. In 1885, The year after his death, in 3370 meters of altitudeAlong the south west ridge of the Rochers of Mont Blanc, on the path of what the 1872 1890 to be the only normal Italian (The so-called Cogs of Tournette), and even today the most direct, He stands in his memory an unguarded shelter. Also in 1885 a second shelter is built in locations Felik, Monte Rosa (3585 m), while the following year is at the fountain of Sacripante Monte Viso (2950 m), later replaced by the current in 1905 at Lake Grande (2650 m), when it opened the fourth by the SAT (Society of Tridentine alpinists) of the Brenta Dolomites (2272 m).

Of the four, the Mont Blanc refuge is perhaps the least-known and certainly the least visited, but in many respects the most significant. built by CAI central under the supervision of the lawyer Francesco Gonella cost of 6.200 lire and then succumbed to the Turin Section, The current owners, the figure including the first ever shelters built on the Italian side of the White. The building, in bone structure and modular wooden walls, arranged in carpentry in the valley, carried on the shoulder and assembled piece by piece and finally covered with dry stone masonry retrieved on site, measuring x 9 2,7 meters and is divided into three equal areas: a central entrance with kitchen and refectory; two chambers on the sides for 15 beds Total. Quickly fell into disuse following the discovery of easier access to the summit of the Alps from the Italian side (the way of the Dome, served by the future Gonella refuge since 1891), and poorly attended because of the remote location and the commitment of the routes, the shelter He has known over time limited alterations and maintenance work, as well preservandosi in its almost original form until today. It is therefore a testimony of particular historical value that deserves to be protected as a museum of itself: just think of the inscriptions in pencil of visitors (various generations of the main families of guides of Courmayeur and their customers), found since the year of construction on the wood paneling and dark interior.

Now, thanks to significant contributions made by the Autonomous Region of Valle d'Aosta, Banca Sella and Club4000 (Custody of the acting structure of the CAI Torino subsection), They were reached two-thirds of the more than 200.000 euro estimated for jobs. These, designed by the Turin studio Alprogetti, Provide for operations of recovery philological approach: In particular, the disassembly and the subsequent riapparecchiatura the outer facing stone upon insertion of insulating layers and protective systems of internal wooden carpentry, which will not undergo any alteration and for cleaning will be treated with non-abrasive agents; similarly it will act on the floor and take relevant support and interposing an insulator. The cost estimate includes the provision of fire extinguishers, lighting and signage, but above improvements in the safety of the access path to the refuge, Which was necessary to the changed conditions of the glacier below and the rocky gully.

In recent years, the Turin section of the CAI is strongly committed in the action of the heritage restoration of the numerous shelters and camps which it owns. In particular, on the Mont-Blanc, should mention the most distinctly interventions aimed at replacing and technological innovation: expansion of Dalmazzi refuge at Triolet (Which must be added, in Valtournenche, that of refuge Theodule) And replicas of Gonella refuge at the Dome and hut Gervasutti the Grandes Jorasses. To these, all concluded, alongside those now being planned, directed mainly to the protection of the existing through the recovery: the Torino refuge to Colle del Gigante, to refuge Boccalatte the Grandes Jorasses and, of course, to the Saddle hut to Rochers. In the case of the latter, in order to reach the amount required when the shipyard, scheduled for 2015 summer, the CAI Torino counts on the support of both the National fund shelters CAI and any sponsors and partners (such as the cultural association high-altitude construction sitesAlready became available) and individual benefactors among private citizens and mountain enthusiasts. For this purpose a public subscription, which everyone can contribute by transfer to the Civil Code has been opened. 000103565012 payable to "CAI TORINO CLUB 4000" Iban IT91B0200801137000103565012, UniCredit Bank AG. 37, specifying as a causal "Contribution Capanna Sella"