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Back to a week-end for the Widerness in Mont-Blanc

Along with the General Assemblies of Mountain Wilderness International and proMONT-BLANC (the associations umbrella for the Mont Blanc protection ), a little crowd of mountain purists met in Chamonix during the week-end of June 15 in the Chamonix Valley.

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Beyond the traditional statutory work of the associations the participants wanted to highlight their continued commitment to the protection of Mont Blanc, and to the preservation of wilderness spaces not only in this Alpine area but also in all the European mountains.

 

Quoting John Muir:
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” (read more here…)

As many, a day in MontBlanc

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Photo: Sylvia Okkerse, Flickr

 

We are leaving for a short mountaineering journey in the Argentière basin; leaving stopwatch or stress behind us, just with the wish to live a beautiful day shared with friends, away from the din and sanitizing routines of the workdays. By entering this peaceful kingdom a feeling of being out of the world, or, paradoxically, at the heart of it, fills us. Finally we’ll be able to re-energize ourselves!

suddenly the aircraft turmoil begins. Until late afternoon, whether one is on a north face or on a glacier, the quietness is broken. the paradise suddenly turned into a fun park. “- Yoann Joly, mountaineer

(read more here)

 

Foundation of Mountain Wilderness Austria

MW Austria at the 2013 Alpin Messe

MW Austria at the 2013 Alpin Messe

 

The international organization Mountain Wilderness dedicated to the preservation of mountain areas gladly announced the foundation of its tenth chapter on November 9 2013.

Due to a technical reason the MWI site team did not publish at time a press release, we are trying to correct this with this article and we deeply apologize for the inconvenience that this may have caused to various people.

Right from the start, on the same weekend, the new team members took action in favour of the “Kalkkögl” preservation area .

(To read more click here)

 

 

The return of the Wakhi Project team

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A Mountain Wilderness International Action in Pakistan

The 2 weeks long, environment friendly mountaineering training led by Carlo Alberto Pinelli (President of MW Italia) for Mountain Wilderness International has just successfully concluded at Passu; a village located in Gojal Tehsil of the upper Hunza. The twenty-three successful trainees included three mountaineers from the Wakhan corridor in Afghanistan and seven young girls from Pakistan of various degrees of mountaineering experience.

This “training the trainers” course was held along the spectacular ice fall of the Passu glacier (western Karakoram range)….. (To read more click here)

 

EVEREST, TRAGEDY AND FARCE

Credit: Gazette.com

Credit: Gazette.com

It took the death of sixteen sherpas in the labyrinth of the so-called “Nutcracker” icefall that separates the Everest base camp from Camp 1 for news of what has been happening for years on the slopes of the world’s highest peak to reach a wider public. But already back in 1997 Jon Krakauer, in his best-selling book “Into thin air”, had lucidly and bleakly described the degradation – complete with deaths and amputations – that the excesses of commercially-run expeditions have brought to mountaineering in the Himalayas. Anyone who thought that those reports might have led to a change of course was seriously wrong: what happened was exactly the opposite… (it continues here)

 

Mythic Summits. the problem of overcowding in normal ways

Recently, events such as the “Ueli Steck team” fight with the Nepalese’s Sherpa on the Everest’s normal way and the decision to put cops on the Mont-Blanc have hit the media’s front pages. Consequently raising general awareness of an increasing need to preserve these places from damages caused by a massive flow of people and to manage this flow to a level sustainable by the fragile ecosystems.  (To read more click here)

The Alps Macro-Region: Toward an EU Strategy for the Alpine Region

Aline convention logoAfter 23 years of commitment to a sustainable development of the Alps, the Alpine Convention is facing a new challenge that offers opportunities but also creates some concerns. Indeed, on December 19, 2013 the European Union decided jointly with Alpine states and regions to establish an Alpine Macro-Region. Already two similar Macro-Regions exist around the Baltic Sea and along the Danube. As its name indicates the perimeter under consideration will be much larger than that of the Alpine Convention. It will include vast regions such as Rhône-Alpes, PACA, Lombardy and Bavaria, for example, but also large urban centers such as Lyon, Milan, Vienna and Munich bringing along their respective political and economical weight. (More here)

 

Sassolungo, Orphan of the UNESCO World Heritage. An oversight? Not really.

280px-Langkofel_stchristinaMountain Wilderness Italy’s protest

Mountain Wilderness Italy in the forefront again: a two-day trek around the Sassolungo group organized  to denounce its  scandalous exclusion from the Dolomite World Heritage Site.

On June 26 2009, thanks to the constant efforts of Mountain Wilderness (since 1993), UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) registered the Dolomites as a World Heritage Site. A great success, no doubt about it.

(to Know more click here)

 

The Matterhorn under siege

800px-Matterhorn-EastAndNorthside-viewedFromZermatt_landscapeformat-2The municipality of Zermatt wants to revoke the protected area statusof the Matterhorn – for the sake of Heliskiing. Mountain Wilderness Switzerland – together with other environmental associations – castigates the approach of the community of Zermatt who prioritises profit over protection.

MW Switzerland has launched an online petition and requests the federal council of Switzerland to prioritize the conservation of this internationally famous landscape over particular economic interests.

*Please sign on: **www.matterhornforsale.com*  (to read more click here)