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Mt. Conturines and the cave bear

In the Fanes -Senes-Braies nature park in the footsteps of the cave bear Ursus ladinicus

Mount Conturines

The hike to Mt. Conturines, in the Fanes-Senes-Braies nature park, starts in San Cassiano / Capanna Alpina. The ascent to the cave is challenging, the hike is therefore recommended for well trained mountaineers only.

On trail no.11 climb up o the Col de Locia towards Fanes until you reach the Gran Plan (great plain in Ladin language). Continue to the left on a slope of mountain pines and climb on steep screes to the foot of Mt. Conturines at 2800 m, where you will find the entrance of a bear cave.

The discovery of the Conturines cave at the end of the 80s (in 1987) was a big sensation: In the cave there were found fossil remains of a cave bear. Studies of the bones have subsequently revealed that the fossilized skull, teeth, and bones found in the cave do not originate, as initially suspected, from a cave bear of recent times, but rather do belong to a cave bear of the Middle Ice Age. The Conturines bear was named Ursus ladinicus, the Ladin bear.

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  • Resti del Usrus ladinicus nelle caverne del Conturines

Details of the excursion

  • Start: San Cassiano / Capanna Alpina
  • Duration: 6 1/2 to 7 h
  • Highest point: 2800 m
  • Altitude difference: 1075 m
  • Difficulty: challenging
  • Lenght: ca. 10 km