The 2,414 m high Punta Santner peak which rises above Siusi allo Sciliar, was climbed for the first time in 1880 by Johann Santner.
The Tyrolean alpinist and developer of the Dolomites Johann Santner (1840-1912) was the first who climbed the mountain in 1880 and gave name to it. Impressive 400 times in total he discovered the Sciliar Massif. In Siusi allo Sciliar a road reminds of him, moreover the South Tyrolean Alpine Association named the Schlernbödelehütte hut after him.
Until the first ascent, the Punta Santner peak was known as “Großer Schlernzacken” and was was thought to be unconquerable. But the mountain was used as a huge sundial for the people in the area of the Alpe di Siusi. The region of the Hauenstein Forest is located in its shadow, the sunny hill of Siusi allo Sciliar on the sunny side. In August 2011 several huge rockfalls happened at the Punta Santner peak.
Today the mountain is a classic among the Dolomite routes. The normal way proceeds across the north wall and along the crest up to the summit. The climbing route is not so difficult but quite long: 1,500 metres in altitude have to be managed, of them 800 m climbing distance (20 pitches). The five-hour tour starts at the Johann-Santner Mountain hut (or Schlernbödelehütte) at 1,693 m asl.