Our refuge is open during the summer from June 20th until the beginning of October. We have 54 beds (between bunk beds and emergency beds) divided in three dormitories. The emergency beds are situated in the winter shelter or they are arranged on the big dining room table with mattress, sheets, blankets and pillows with pillowcases.
The homely cuisine generally offers simple and traditional dishes, in particular the famous trio of canederli (three different bread dumplings, knödel) and the nettle canederli stuffed with gongorzola with a cheese sauce and walnuts on top.
Being one of the few refuges accessible only on foot, to get our supplies we either use the helicopter or bring them on foot from the Zsigmondy-Comici refuge.
For the water supply, we use the spring that creates the small body of water, located at the foot of the Croda dei Toni, known as Lago Nero (black lake).
The refuge is located in the heart of the magnificent and wild rocky amphitheater formed by the eastern ramparts of Croda dei Toni and Monte Giralba di Sopra. From this beautiful balcony you can enjoy a wonderful view towards Croda di Ligonto, the Crissin, Bivera, Cridola mountain groups up to the Monfalconi. Just take a walk to the nearby Giralba pass to enjoy an equally astonishing view of the Crode Fiscaline, Cima Undici, Popera and the Amphitheater of Alta Val Fiscalina.
The brickwork construction of our refuge dates back to 1908, when the Cadorina Section of the CAI (Italian Alpine Club) decided to transform the old shepherds' shelter into a small mountain refuge. The modest structure consisted of 2 rooms on the ground floor; one was open to the public and the other was used as a kitchen and dining room, on the upper floor there were 6 beds.
It was dedicated to the poet Giosuè Carducci, not for his mountaineering skills but because he urged the construction as a war outpost and also because a few years before he had visited the Cadore area twice and, during his last stay in Misurina, he had composed the ode "Cadore" in which he celebrates the beauty of the Comelico and of the whole Cadore area. The refuge, despite its location only 400 meters below Giralba pass, was hidden from the sight of the artillery and, during the first World War, suffered some damages but it was not completely destroyed.
On this mountain pass there was the arrival station of a cableway divided in two sections that from the bottom of the valley of Auronzo supplied the troops at the front.
Due to the dominant position of the Italian first-line troops on the Giralba pass, the fights were moved to the upper Fiscalina Valley with daily skirmishes between the Alpini and the Kaiserger for the conquest of bare ground made of protruding boulders, high ridges, walls and inviolate peaks. From the Giralba pass towards Mount Paterno and Cima Undici, you can still visit trenches, caverns, tunnels with observatories, ledges dug into the rocks, remains of barracks and barbed wire.
Only in the 50s the masonry structure was consolidated and the kitchen was rearranged, and the management of the refuge was taken over by the Holzer family from Sesto Pusteria.
In 1962, the Cadorina Section of the CAI Auronzo planned the first enlargement. The new refuge, completely renovated, was giving hospitality to about thirty mountaineers. In 1978, the dining room and the toilets were modernized and expanded and, in 2002, the refuge was equipped with new toilets and hot showers in the north side. In 2010, after an avalanche, the veranda was rebuilt and closed. In 2014, we completely renovated the dining room, which can now be used as a classroom if needed.