THE 4 GENERATIONS OF THE HUT TENANT FAMILY
The Jamtal Hut has been run by the Lorenz family for 4 generations.
“Walser“ Lorenz I generated some extra income as guide of the first Silvretta alpinists. He was a good guide as the visitors even asked him to come with them to Switzerland. From 1882 until 1908 Gottlieb Lorenz took care of the small Jamtal hut located in the heart of his homeland mountains, owned by the mountain enthusiastic Swabians. More like a cozy cave than anything else with six bunks and a fireplace – that was it. His job was to guide guests and to cater for petroleum, wood and repair works and for polenta.
With Lorenz II winter operation started in 1922. In summer, mother Lorenz and a few goats ensured good food. This worked out fine until 1939 when the area around the now already stately hut was declared a prohibited zone during the war – just as it had been 20 years before.
The infantryman Franz Lorenz had to go to Lüneburg. One of his brothers was hit even more seriously – he found himself as sailor in Kiel. Silvretta man Walther Flaig put an end to this. He trickily smuggled Albert’s boys to Mittenwald where they joined the mountain troops. During the French occupation in 1945, the 19-year-old Franz certainly was the youngest mayor throughout the liberated “Ostmark“. Today he is laughing about it. “I was just too young to be suspect…“
Soon everything turned out fine. Under the guidance of Peter Aschenbrenner, Hermann Buhl, Walter Frauendorfer and Erwin Schneider, all well-known people from the Nanga Parbat saga, he received “old school“ training: first as rescuer, then as carrier and finally as mountain guide. “The best time of my life…“
Since 1948 Lorenz III has been supervising the Jamtal Hut with the dignity of a man who feels compelled to his origins, traditions and “his“ section. In the valley, the Lorenz family is still known as the “Balluner“. There, his wife Hildegard, who is no longer hut warden but hotel manager provides for their old age.
His most moving experience in the last decades?
Even though the Jamtal Hut has meanwhile developed into a large lodge, it’s still a hut with a soul.