In recent days, the Army soldiers have started the intervention for the maintenance of the trail network of the Friulian mountain. The works started with the arrangement of the bottom and the rainwater drainage channels, the mowing of the grass and the restoration of the white-red trail signs on the CAI 141 path that from Collina di Forni Avoltri reaches Pierabech climbing over the Ombladêt fork, connecting the valley floor with the Italian frontline positions of the 1st World War.
The giulio carnica commission of CAI FVG paths, refuges and alpine works, with the help of the central Italian Alpine Club, turned to the Alpine Troops to start a collaboration that, hopefully, will continue in the years to come.
During the planning of the activity, the experts of the CAI FVG have identified the areas on which to gravitate with targeted interventions.
The regional network of mountain paths, explains the President of the Commission, is approximately 4.400 kilometers long and it is impossible to think of maintaining it systematically. "We therefore thought of turning to the Alpini who, here in the region, have always been a force to rely on and are familiar with the mountain environment". Local associations will contribute to the logistical support.
"An ad hoc unit has been activated" says Colonel Romeo Tomassetti, commander of the 3rd mountain artillery regiment of the 'Julia' to whom the task was entrusted, "This structure will carry out the work on the paths throughout the summer, intensely experiencing the mountains. For us it is a moral obligation to be able to meet the needs of the territory that hosts us and of which we are part."
The collaboration agreements are not limited to works on the paths, but will include the recognition of itineraries, via ferratas and equipped paths included, with the identification and mapping of the points to be restored. This specialist task will be carried out by the mountaineering instructors and artillery observers of the department.
The "summer work campaign" has been for many years, starting after the Second World War, a peculiar activity of the Alpine Troops for the restoration of mule tracks and paths which was a prelude to the "mobile camp" during which the movement training was carried out in mountain with long marches and daring ascents.