Sumary of Pictured: Bivouac Fanton, the incredible shelter for hikers perched 8,750ft up in Italy’s Dolomites:
- Incredible pictures show how the 34ft- (10.4m) long hut, called New Bivouac Fanton [bivouac means encampment], sits improbably on the edge of a ridge in truly wild and remote terrain.
- The New Bivouac Fanton, pictured, offers an incredible panorama of the Marmarole mountain group The shelter sits on the edge of the Forcella Marmarole pass at an elevation of 8,750ft (2,667m)The set-up, the combination of the shelter’s silvery angled design and the extreme terrain, has a definite sci-fi feel to it.
- The purpose of the bivouac, which sits by the Forcella Marmarole pass, is to offer hikers refuge from the elements – and they can stay the night without needing to book ahead.
- The set-up, the combination of the shelter’s silvery angled design and the extreme terrain, has a definite sci-fi feel to it In this image, it looks as though the shelter is tumbling down the mountain.
- According to the CAI, a previous attempt to place a shelter – the similarly titled Bivouac Fanton – where New Bivouac Fanton was constructed ended in failure, with strong winds forcing the helicopter manoeuvring it into position to “place it momentarily” in the upper Val Baion [a nearby valley], ‘where it then remained’.
- Eventually, years of wear rendered the original bivouac unusable, so the CAI set out to replace it.