Home page Planetmountain.com
Carletto Alverà 'Lete' during the making of the film Rosso 70
Photo by arch. Rosso 70
Carletto Alverà and Ettore Costantini at the base of the Dimai - Comici on the North Face of Cima Grande di Lavaredo in 1941.
Photo by arch. fam. Carletto Alverà
INFO / links & info:

Carletto Alverà, good bye to another flag bearer of the Scoiattoli di Cortina

by

Yesterday morning Carletto Alverà Lete passed away at the age of 92. The Italian was the flag bearer of the Gruppo Scoiattoli di Cortina, a mountain guide and ski instructor. He takes with him another piece of the history of alpinism in Cortina and the Valle d'Ampezzo, Dolomites.

He didn't go by unnoticed, Carletto Alverà. Not because he put himself in the limelight. And certainly not because he was a man of many words. Quite the contrary. You noticed him immediately because he seemed to have something special. Perhaps it was his posture. Perhaps it was his upright physique, like that of an athlete, which distinguished him even at 90 years of age. Because Carletto was the child of another era, of other mountains. He had this within his gaze, deep within his eyes, that ancient and sincere nobility. At least this is what seemed to me from the very first time I met him. The occasion arose with Rosso 70, the film which retraces the 70 year history of the Scoiattoli di Cortina, and in which Carletto Alverà "Lete" is one of the protagonists.

The recollection of that meeting is still very much alive. Carletto, born in 1918, was one of the flag bearers of the Gruppo degli Scoiattoli, the Cortina mountaineering club. He joined the group in 1941, was president for 17 years (from 1957 to 1974) and he wasn't one of the 10 young founder members simply because in 1939 he was serving the military at the Alpine School in Aosta. In 1942 he became a ski instructor and mountain guide and it is worth mentioning - and this is by no means a minor detail - that for many years he was also the Cortina barber. In short, everyone knew Carletto, since always.

Of his numerous climbs one cannot forget one of the first repeats of the Dimai - Comici up the North Face of Cima Grande di Lavaredo, in 1941. On that occasion his partner was "Vecio", alias Ettore Costantini, a pillar amongst the Club's founder members and an alpinist who, along with Claudio Apollonio, left his name forever on that splendid route up the Tofana di Rozes pillar.

Those who know their mountaineering know that climbing the Dimai - Comici up the North Face of Cima Grande at the time was a real undertaking. Even more so since Carletto, as he himself recounted, "made a mistake" and climbed off-route and inadvertently established a new and extremely difficult variant. Few know about this. Just as few know that Alverà was a true skiing ace. He excelled in ski jumping, in cross country and downhill, so much so that he often a member of the Italian skiing team. And in 1943 he won the Cortina combined event. Yes, Carletto was an athlete and man from a different era. A true champion.

While talking about himself for the film, we realised that he omitted numerous details. His victories and medals, for example - these are things we found out from the other Scoiattoli. Instead, slowly but surely and with a simplicity and normality which today cannot but amaze, from his words emerged the essence of life itself. "Beautiful things" he told us "are beautiful even when they come to an end." I'll never forget this sentence. Thank you Carletto.

Share


SEARCH news

ZONE

CATEGORY

Full text search

AUTHOR

EXPO / Products
EXPO / Company News
Planetmountain.com logo
Planetmountain.com: climbing, alpinism, mountaineering, trekking, via ferrata, freeride skiing, ski mountaineering, snowboarding and ice climbing worldwide. Furthermore the site contains technical gear reviews, book and film reviews, expert advice, mountain photos, sport climbing competitions.
INFO
The information is indicative and subject to change due to the nature of the mountain environment. Given the inherently risky nature of the activities described within, Planetmountain.com does not assume any responsibility for the use of the information published.
NEWSLETTER

SUBSCRIBE to receive the weekly newsletter with all the latest news from planetmountain.com

Recent Comments Ice
  • L'uomo Volante
    Il 10 giugno 2017, insieme all'amico Michele, decidiamo di r ...
    2017-07-12 / Enrico Maioni
  • Gallo George
    Il 16 luglio 2016, invogliati dalla relazione, ci siamo avve ...
    2017-07-12 / Enrico Maioni
  • All-in
    Francesco Salvaterra e Filippo Mosca 27 gennaio 2017, probab ...
    2017-02-02 / Francesco Salvaterra
  • Una via per te fatta in tre
    Prima ripetizione effettuata il 3/11. Da rettificare la diff ...
    2015-11-13 / maurizio piller%20hoffer