Since 1976 in the Brenta Dolomites!
It might seem like an advertising slogan, but this is a date that has left its mark on the history of the Silvio Agostini refuge.
In fact, it was in the spring of that year that my father Ignazio interrupted his work in the cooperative family of San Lorenzo, abandoning a place that was as precious as it was safe at the time, to take over the management of the Refuge vacated by the previous Pinzolo managers. These were very demanding years, in the village it was rumored that only a madman could make this choice, the refuge was quite worn out from the beginning with the need for several interventions.
The first day we all went up together, Pope Ignazio, mother Mariella, my brother Maurizio, I who was 6 years old at the time and Agnese an employee. In that winter it snowed a lot and a large avalanche closed the road in the central part of the valley. at the height of the last bridge the “pont de Paride”.
We climb slowly, in the thick fog in the middle of meters of snow, each one his own weight … in my small backpack I still remember, candles, a few torches with spare batteries and 2 liters of milk.