The conquest of the mountains (1870-1890)

The conquest of the mountains (1870-1890)

Adventurous climbers scale the highest peaks. Their accounts inspire, above all, town-dwellers with enthusiasm. Climbing clubs establish a comprehensive network of Alpine huts and paths so that they can experience the mountains.

The Alps in 3D
In the beginning each photo is torture for the mountain climber - the equipment weighs more than one person can carry. But around 1890 stereoscopic photography also becomes fashionable among mountain climbers. Pairs of pictures viewed through a stereoscope give a fascinating sense of space.

Alpine Refuges
It is noticeable how many Alpine refuges in Tyrol are built by those club sections that are furthest away. The section from the eastern German town of Halle an der Saale builds its Alpine home at 3175 meters in the Ortler range. Towards the end of the First World War the hut is destroyed in the battles on the Ortler Front.