Emilio Comici, the Angel of the Dolomites
Time to look at some key figures in the history of the Dolomites.
Even if you are not a keen climber, and may well be scared of heights, knowing what happened in the past in the region you are visiting – or intending to visit – is certainly enriching.
Emilio Comici played a pivotal role in the history of alpinism. You may see videos of him dancing on the rocks, in somewhat comic and old-fashioned stills, and may wonder how this apparently crazy climber became famous. He has written, in fact, chapters on the art of climbing, primarily concerning style. We all know things can be done in two ways in life: with care and style, or just to get by. You can see many people trying to get to the top of a line or mountain, adopting any mean they can think of, just for the sake of reaching the zenith. Nothing could have been further away from Emilio’s mentality.