A great Christmas present

A great Christmas present

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An unexpected present

On december 26th i finally took some time to go and put some order to an old box of family pictures and letters that i had seen literally rotting away in my grandmother's old house, in the attick. Me and my father took the afternoon looking at old memories and putting them away into a safe place, where time and mice could not do any damage.
As the afternoon passed and dark came, we moved everything in a box and put it on a high shelf together with some other boxes full of other photos and things.
I don't know much about the history of my father's side of the family, so it was really nice to discover some new things, and i was already quite satisfied, when i happened to pick up a small box, very well kept, that appeared to contain quite a few pictures, judging from the weight.

As soon as i opened it, i saw an envelope, packed with pictures and marked "Artiglieria di montagna" the italian mountain artillery.
I started to feel as if i had just found what i had come to look for, so since we were in a hurry to go, i took the box back home and decided to look into it's content.

As it turned out there were quite a lot of envelopes in there, and they were all full of pictures. They were all pictures of a relative of mine i knew nothing about, and through these images and the descriptions on the back of them i was able to discover a person i would have surely had a lot of fun with.

I am writing these things here, because the pictures have mostly to do with mountains, so i'm sure some of you will enjoy this dive in the past. I was hoping to post this little memory a few days ago, as a Christmas present to Summitposters, as it has mountains, family and memories all embedded into one page, but it took me some time to sort them out, divide them into periods and places, scan them, understand where some of them were taken and so on.

So for all you lovers of black and white and sepia, here we go.

When and where

I made a small selection of what i thought might be the most interesting pictures to look at, there were many others i liked, but i figured i wouldn't inflate SP with old family memories.
Pictures go from 1926 to 1931, and the locations are mostly in the Eastern Alps, Julian And Carnic and in the Dolomites. There are also some from the Western Alps in Val di Susa on the border with France, where apparently my relative did his military service in the Alpini in 1927.

You will find what information i could find about each photo by clicking on it.

Military service in the Western Alps: 1927

Looking toward OulxA view on Val di Susa

RocciameloneRocciamelone, the highest peak in the area.

 Mount ChabertonMonte Chaberton, while marching in winter

ski touring to FrejusPreparing to ski tour up to Frejus...

skiing down from Frejus... and descending from it.

Cesana in winterThe town of Cesana

Mount Chaberton Mount Chaberton

mount Chaberton 1927Mount Chaberton... Again

Italian alpini officersAlpini officers relaxing and having a good time during winter camp

sun rising over Cesana (Val di Susa) 1927The sun rising over Cesana

Eastern Alps: various dates, from 1928 to 1931

krn groupKrn group

Grintovec buttressesGrintovec buttresses

Matajur summitSummit of Matajur

Walking up to HochkogelHochkogel

Sernio groupSernio, in the Carnic Alps

Krn groupAnother view of Krn

Mangart and JalovecMangart and Jalovec

GrintovecProud young men on Grintovec

Ski tour to MatajurUp To Matajur, skitouring

Dante s cave Dante's cave, near Tolmin


Monte CristalloMonte Cristallo

Tofana IIITofane di Rozes

Sasso di StriaSasso di Stria

Passo FalzaregoFalzarego pass

Monte CristalloCortina and the Cristallo

Tofana IIITofana III

Cimon della PalaCimon della Pala

Two misteries

I wasn't able to discover where theese two were taken.
The first one is an easier mistery to solve, as it is parto of the vacation to Hochkogel that lasted a week, so it cant be too far from it.
Of the second one i haven't a clue to where it might be.

Any help from Summitposters will be great, plus, you might enjoy the game and learn some new things by trying to solve the misteries.

Climbing in the good old daysMistery #1

misterious placeMistery #2

Here ends theis brief tour in the past, i hope you enjoyed it.

It was an incredible feeling, to gain contact with someone that i never knew existed, to know we share a passion, an eye for the same beautiful things. It was incredible to think nobody saw those smiling faces and that alpine happiness we all know so well for all those years. It was really a great Christmas gift.

Go to your old boxes, into hidden shelves and drawers, you might discover some little treasure of your own, and i'm sure we would all be happy to see them.


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CSUMarmot - Jan 5, 2011 5:55 pm - Voted 10/10

Awesome article!

I enjoyed these pictures and hope you can find out more about those mystery photos


gabr1 - Jan 5, 2011 6:12 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome article!

Thanks a lot, i really enjoyed finding them. I hope i can find some more info too, but i think there are still some boxes to check out... so any news will be posted here.


phlipdascrip - Jan 7, 2011 9:30 pm - Voted 10/10

Interesting pictures

thanks for sharing!


gabr1 - Jan 7, 2011 9:53 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Interesting pictures

thank you for you comment and for voting. i'm happy you liked them.


taddo - Jan 13, 2011 6:25 pm - Voted 10/10


the charm of black and white ... some are magnificent!
thanks for sharing it


gabr1 - Jan 13, 2011 7:08 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: vintage!

Thank you, i suppose you enjoyed the one of cimon della pala...


taddo - Jan 14, 2011 9:04 am - Voted 10/10

Re: vintage!

obviuosly! but i love the one of the descending from frejus...


JasonH - Jan 24, 2011 6:25 pm - Voted 10/10

Most Excellent

Thanks for sharing.




gabr1 - Jan 24, 2011 8:04 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Most Excellent

thank you for your comment, i'm happy you liked them.

Eric Sandbo

Eric Sandbo - Feb 17, 2011 7:10 pm - Voted 10/10


Thanks for posting these, along with your explanation. I would recommend also posting them to Panoramio.com, especially the ones with the soldiers. If they are located on Panoramio's map, they'll end up on Google Earth.


gabr1 - Feb 19, 2011 5:16 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wonderful

Thank you for the comment, and for the advice. As soon as i have some time i guess i will.

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