On Sunday the lunch will start at 1 p.m. and though online reservations are already closed, people can still appoint directly on site, depending on the remaining available seats. It'll be a big party with gadgets, music and a final lottery for all participants. And, true to their principles, SAF also organized three hiking tours early in the morning, all due to end just in time for attendees to join the lunch – online reservations for hiking are still open up to June 23, but on site reservations are possible too (for those appointing for hikings, reservation for lunch is mandatory).
SAF was founded back in 1874 and has been serving as Udine's local section for CAI – Italian Alpine Club. The association is a meeting point for mountain lovers but also a centre for scientific information and research on mountain-themed issues: in fact, as it also has an educational purpose, it backs many cultural programs for schools and kids.
Società Alpina Friulana is divided into different branches, one of these being the Hiking Commission, now running for its 30th year: it's meant to promote hiking in the mountains in the most respectful way possible, and to encourage their environment's safeguard and knowledge. Every year it supports a full program of events, from meetings to hiking and biking tours.
The Hiking School was set in 2012 and it was the first one in Friuli Venezia Giulia. It's the technical branch of the Hiking Commission, organizing hiking classes (both winter and summer sessions) to teach how to approach the mountains safely in different weather conditions and on different kinds of paths.
Sunday's three hikings: routes and tips
In order to celebrate properly the two anniversaries, three hikings with different routes are scheduled on Sunday. Organizers strongly advise aspiring participants to attend only if they're perfectly fit, because although the routes are not so gruelling, it's better not to underestimate the physical stress they inevitably entail – as they actually last four or three hours each. And it's mandatory to get yourself a topographic map of the route's whereabouts (Map 02 Forni di Sopra – Ampezzo – Sauris – Alta Val Tagliamento, edited by Tabacco publishing, available online here). As to the equipment, it must be suitable for hikings of course: comfortable, mountain boots (better with Vibram sole), walking sticks. And, of course, follow the guide! All routes are described in full detail here on the celebrations' official program. Info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the three routes in short:
Hiking Route 1: Punta dell'Uccel, along the Tiziana Weiss Nature Trail
Difference in elevation: 600 metres
Duration: 4 hours
Starting point: 8:15 a.m. from Rifugio Tita Piaz, at Passo del Pura
Hiking Route 2: Anello del Monte Colmàier – Mount Colmàier Ring
Difference in elevation: 440 metres
Duration: 4 hours
Starting point: 8:15 am from Rifugio Tita Piaz, at Passo del Pura
Hiking Route 3: Casera Pieltinis from Sauris di Sotto
Difference in elevation: 550 metres
Duration: 3 hours and a half
Starting point: 8:15 am from Sauris di Sotto (Wolf's parking)
WARNING! Regional Road 73, also known as “dei Lumiei”, is closed for works in progress.
To get to Sauris, people need to pass by Passo del Pura. So keep in mind this detour for the estimated time of arrival.
Founded in 1874 in Tolmezzo, near Udine, as a local section of CAI – Italian Alpine Club, SAF – Società Alpina Friulana it's one of the oldest Alpine associations around the world. From an historical point of view, it's always been playing a big role in Friuli Venezia Giulia as a cultural and scientific institution. As a matter of fact, among its founders were then renowned scholars, researchers and expert mountaineers such as Giovanni Marinelli and his son Olinto, Francesco Musoni, Michele Gortani, Egidio Feruglio, Ardito Desio.
Since its origins, it made a point of backing research on mountain environment and spreading information about it: the very first issue of its magazine “In Alto” was published in 1894, and hasn't stopped since then – it's still out nowadays on a regular basis. Thanks to a great number of scientific contributors, SAF has been publishing also a series of guides about Friuli Venezia Giulia's territory.
It also helped establish many mountain shelters across the Friulian Alps, which are still in use: Quintino Sella Refuge, Giacomo Di Brazzà Refuge, Canin Refuge, Sella Nevea Refuge (now named after Divisione Julia), Marinelli Refuge.