Mount Everest will be the main theme of this year’s “City of Trento” Mountain Film Festival. On 29 May 1953 New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay stepped on to the earth’s highest point, the 8848 m summit of Mount Everest on the border between Nepal and China. Fifty years after that historic ascent, the Trento Film Festival (27 April – 4 May) is organising a series of special events under the slogan “Everest: uno, nessuno, centomila” – Everest: one, none, a hundred thousand
DiscoveryAlps alpinismo, una sezione del portale delle Alpi in cui reperire notizie dalle spedizioni da tutto il mondo; novità, tecnica. Inoltre conosciamo insieme i premi dell’alpinismo, gli alpinisti italiani, i personaggi e le curiosità del mondo verticale.
La Convenzione delle Alpi, che riconosce la fragilità e la peculiarità del sistema alpino, stabilisce chiaramente, attraverso i protocolli tematici, le strategie di sviluppo sostenibili per questo territorio.
L’energia si configura come uno dei 12 campi di azione
The first Sunday in Lent, in the Roman Catholic tradition, marks the start of a period of abstinence from eating meat, which the Church obliges the faithful to observe until Easter Day. In past centuries, the people of the mountains replaced the meat in their diet with cheese from the mountain pastures, which they bought and sold at the main market in Trento
The provinces of Turin and Trento, together with the Arealpina association, have launched the first Video Archive of Mountain Crafts, “VAMM” in its Italian acronym. The aims of the archive are to collect, file and disseminate videotaped material – already existing or recorded specially – documenting the range of crafts and trades in mountain regions
The Alpini Association of Ornavasso has launched the idea of starting an ecomuseum in the lower Ossola Valley, just when plans are being drawn up for a rubbish dump on the Celtic necropolises and close to the Cadorna Line.
“Five years ago, in the packed hall of the cinema-theatre of Ornavasso, the local group of Alpini (ex-members of Italian Alpine Corps- ed.) outlined to an attentive audience of citizens and politicians of all levels a project for an ecomuseum in the Lower Ossola. The idea met with a great deal of interest, but nothing concrete came of it. Evidently the time was not yet right
Nel 50° della conquista della vetta più alta del pianeta al via “Everest Speed Expedition”, un’avventura tutta italiana. I protagonisti: Fabio Meraldi e Manuela Di Centa
It’s true: a wolf has returned to the mountains of the Ossola valley. Says the press release issued a few days ago by the Veglia-Devero Natural Park authorities, “Genetic analyses carried out on two samples of excrement found in recent weeks in the course of monitoring by staff of the Veglia-Devero Park and the Police of the VCO Province have confirmed the presence of a wolf on provincial territory. Both samples, which were analysed by the National Wild Animal Institute in Bologna, are from the same animal, a female.”
Ritorna il grande raduno dei climber proposto dalle palestre del circuito milanese, la divertente festa per promuovere l’arrampicata sportiva, dove tutti possono iscriversi e partecipare, dove non ci saranno premi solo per i vincitori, con un protagonista assoluto: l’entusiasmo!
“It’s not a question of over-dramatising; the facts speak for themselves.” With these words the chairman of the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Jacques Rogge ended a lightning tour of the construction sites of Turin 2006, during which he met political leaders and staff of the organising committees of the next Winter Olympics. His inspection brought to light some worrying delays in some of the Games’ essential construction works, for example the bobsleigh run, work on which should have been underway for months
The Saturday night road accidents which have become a tragic fact of life in Italy are no longer an isolated phenomenon: Sunday skiing accidents are sadly becoming more and more common. To tackle this dangerous situation, a law is about to be passed, as often happens in Italy: wearing a crash helmet will become compulsory for skiers under 14, and whoever manages a ski lift will have to have insurance cover
LUGANO – In its exhibition of paintings by Egon Schiele, the Lugano Museum of Modern Art gives us a view of Vienna at the end of the 19th century, between modernism and decadentism. After exhibitions devoted to Modigliani, Munch, Chagall and Kirchner, the art of the great Austrian master, who died in 1918 at only 28, will be on show at Villa Malpensata from 16 March to 29 June, with forty oils and as many sketches, watercolours and gouaches. The spotlight is not only directed at Schiele’s oil paintings, but also at his works on paper, testifying to the fact that he is still regarded as one of the greatest illustrators of all time
The first treatment plant in the Canton Grisons using phytoremediation is to be set up at Suraua, and will be an addition to the dozen or so similar plants which already exist elsewhere in Switzerland. The decision was taken recently by the Suraua town council.
But what is a phytoremediation plant, and how does it work? The answer is, naturally
Everybody knows it’s hard to give up going on holiday. And why shouldn’t it be? But it’s just as hard to give up going on holiday in our own car. So, how should we get from one place to the next in our time off, and what are the consequences of choosing one means of transport rather than another? These and other related questions are tackled in a new dossier published by CIPRA (International Commission for the Protection of the Alps), which has for years been involved in research and debate on the subject of traffic throughout the Alps
The Walser people of the Aosta Valley used to say “Wacksen di toaga, wackst da vroscht” , which means “The days are lengthening, the cold’s increasing”. It sounds like a saying that suits this time of year. But it won’t be long till spring comes, and then the fine weather of the early summer, just right for the first hiking expeditions in the mountains. And this is exactly what the Walser people used to do, taking their culture over the high routes of the western Italian, Swiss, French, Austrian Alps as they escaped from Germanic persecution
Alessandro Botteri Balli’s photographs speak to us in the cadences of a voice whispering like the incessant rushing of water. In the International Year of Freshwater, in an exhibition in the Castelgrande of Bellinzona until 4th May, this great photographer is sharing the fruits of his work of the last three years: a collection of portraits of all the hydroelectric power stations of the Cantons of Ticino and Grisons. Five hundred intriguing images which shed new light on the often rather oppressive, heavy immensity of power stations and reservoirs
For the past six years the Fiemme Ski Jazz Festival has been one of the most eagerly awaited events of the winter, bringing to the Fiemme Valley some of the major artists in international jazz to perform in a unique festival on the snow. Fiemme Ski Jazz offers a week of music and skiing, with daily concerts up in the Alpine huts of the Fiemme Obereggen ski district, and outstanding evening performances and jam sessions in the theatres, halls and pubs down in the valley… integral text
“On the road”: Kerouac’s novel could inspire you to take part in the literary competition “Una strada per arrivare a Ponente” (A road to the Ligurian coast) organised by ERDE Ltd in collaboration with the association “Wine and Oil Road from the Alps to the Sea”. The road in question is of course not an American highway but the food and wine route at the centre of a complex project for the development of this region… integral text
“Explosive” might just be the word for a long-standing collaboration between the Monterosaski company and Roberto Vassale, a raider admiral of the Navy, aimed at perfecting a revolutionary system for avalanche control. One of the preventive measures used to protect ski runs from avalanches involves setting off explosives to bring down snow masses or cornices when the runs are closed… integral text
Not content with his exertions of last year, a race of a mere 600 km across Alaska dragging a sled laden with all the necessities for self-sufficiency in this extreme environment, 24-year-old Alex Bellini, a native of Edolo living in Aprica, is this year to undertake an adventure-race three times as long… integral text
Chi vuol vivere la Valsesia a “tuttotondo” da oggi ha un punto di riferimento in più! Si trova in edicola, infatti, “Scialpinismo: Valsesia e Monte Rosa” di Marco Maffeis; fascicolo che assolutamente non può mancare nella biblioteca di un amante della disciplina.
Questa guida, con “Arrampicare in Valsesia” e le “Guide degli itinerari escursionistici” del C.A.I. di Varallo, danno un’immagine precisa di come la nostra valle può, e deve, essere vissuta a 360°.