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Stay at Bivouac Luca Vuerich for Free – If You Can Get There

Photos: Flavio Pesamosca

 

Rarely do we get to stay at beautiful, remote mountain cabins for free, but this week, we’ve got a special offer. If you can make it to Bivouac Luca Vuerich in the Julian Alps of Northeastern Italy, your stay is free! Think you’ve got what it takes?

Built as a memorial to mountaineer Luca Vuerich who was killed in an avalanche in 2010, the Luca Vuerich Cabin is located on an exposed rocky ridge at 2,531 meters above sea level in Italy’s Julian Alps. Its creator, Italian architect Giovanni Pesamosca, designed the tiny pre-fab A-frame to sleep nine people.

Due to the location of the cabin, some building materials needed to be flown in by helicopter. The entire project was assembled in a single day by a team of volunteers, professionals, and friends of the late mountaineer whom the cabin memorializes. This refuge is located on the Ceria-Merlone trail, where climbers and hikers are welcome to use it as a temporary retreat from the mountain weather or as a cozy accommodation for the evening.

 

Get there

Bivouac Luca Vuerich

33010 Dogna UD, Italy

46.416504, 13.473717


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Matthew Swartz is originally from Connecticut and currently lives in Denver, Colorado where he passionately pursues rock climbing, trail running, and skiing. Matt’s love of travel has inspired him to through-hike the JMT and part of the PCT, bike across the United States, and explore the West coast of South America from Ecuador to Patagonia. Matt and his partner Amanda have also travelled across much of the Western US in their 1964 Clark Cortez RV, which they lived in, on the road for the better part of three years. Matt has worked for the USFS as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and Matt's photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.