I recently returned from a week long trip in Premana Italy where CAMP still maintains its headquarters. The town is situated in the northern-most nook of the Valsassina cornered by mountains to the north and a winding road that makes its way through the valley to Lake Como in the south. November is the rainy season here. I saw a total of one minute of blue sky, the rest of the time it rained. But within a forty minute hike are the small mountain villages that make Premana one of the most enchanting towns in the Alps. Each family owns a small hut (or two) that was used in the past for summer activities like farming and taking holidays. Today, the Premanese use the huts any time they need to be in nature, relaxing. I had the fortune to spend my weekend navigating the myriad trails and small roads that web out from Premana to these villages of primitive huts. Premana sits at 1,000 meters. Above 1,500 meters the snow is already knee deep. They have a saying in Premana that if the snow comes before the leaves fall, it will be a bad year for snow. But, the more snow they get right after the leaves have fallen, the better the year for snow. Allegedly, this will be a good snow year.
I am not a photographer, but it is always important to document the experiences we want to remember. So, here are a few shots … I hope you enjoy them.
-Jesse Mattner – Director of Sales & Marketing, CAMP USA
Approaching the Rifugio.
Welcome to the hut!
Good times are made better by great friends. From left: Me, Efrem, Ottavio.