El Scaleen - Traditions of Malcesine

"El scaleen" the wooden ladder that was used for the olive harvest in autumn and in the pruning of olive trees at the end of winter. Once the olive trees grew very high, with this ladder up to 10 meters long the farmer could reach every part of the plant by inserting it between the gnarled branches! The one used today is made of aluminium, which is safer and lighter.