Johann Santner

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Johann Santner (21 April, 1840 in Sankt Jakob in Defereggen - 21 May, 1912 in Bozen) was a Tyrolean mountaineer and first climber to reach the summit of the Santnerspitze, which was later given his name in his honor, of the Schlern on 2 July, 1880. He also was the first climber on the Gran Cir.


Johann Santner came to Bozen in 1875 as a florist. In 1876 he became a member of the local branch of the Deutscher und Österreichischer Alpenverein. The Schlern was his favorite mountain, he climbed it over 400 times - the last time in 1911 at the age of 71.


  • Hans Kiene: Die Entwicklung der Bozner Bergsteigerei in: Der Schlern 1926, pages 407-415
  • Eduard Widmoser: Südtirol A-Z, 4th volume (O-Z), Innsbruck 1995, Südtirol-Verlag, page 195
  • Bruno Mahlknecht: Santners Traum. Ein Bergsteiger und sein Denkmal, German-language daily Dolomiten, 15 September, 2004, page 19

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