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SILENCE, Respect for MONT-BLANC

Sunday, October 19, together with Mountain Wilderness, young climbers and mountain guides have carried up at the heart of the Mont-Blanc, at 3400m on the glacier of the Col du Geant a strong requirement to end the nuisance caused by the motorized recreational aviation in this paradise of beauty and silence! They have drawn with very large, but short leaving, letters a requirement widely shared:  “! SILENCE”

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THIS ACTION HAS BEEN MADE:
– To reaffirm that Mont Blanc deserves to be protected
– To encourage the “future strategy” of “Espace Mont-Blanc” and especially the “airspace” component
– To ask for an rapid implementation of a harmonized, cross-border regulation of the range overflights.

The Alpine Line

A Mountain Wilderness International emblematic project

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Yoann Joly and Yann Borgnet

This Great Alps crossing is a long travel route that should lead the team, starting on February 2015, from Monte Cinto in Corsica to the Slovenian Triglav. It will be all done, without motorized means. Various options will be explored  as offered by soft mobility means to rally the jewels of the Alps.

 

From sailboat to paragliding, skiing or hiking. The various natural elements will drive the participants from wall to wall, allowing them to express a Mountain Wilderness mountaineering refreshing vision. The unique connections of aesthetic openings and great historical climbing routes will guide their journey during 5 months.

(read more here)

2014 Elbrus Cleaning expedition

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After Dhaulagiri in 2003 and Aconcagua in 2008, Breffni BOLZE, Philippe GOITSCHEL and Jean-François ROSSILLON are back from their cleaning expedition on Mount Elbrus (Russia), Europe’s highest summit, a dormant volcano.

About 2 tons of garbage were taken off the slopes of the mountain…

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The Sherpa Women project

©Paulo Grobel

©Paulo Grobel

Paulo Grobel, a free lance to several mountains magazines, a Mountain Wilderness International Guarantor and a fine connoisseur of the Himalayas, especially Nepal, has launched a new original project : the “Sherpa Women expedition”. In partnership with Salewa, the project was launched in 2011. For the end of this year the mountain guide has invited five Western women climbers to rope up with as many Nepalese counterparts. The goal, after learning proper mountaineering techniques, will be to climb a summit such as the Tharpu Chuli (5663 m) in alpine style, in the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary.

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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.

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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)

 

 

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