A group of alpinists during the ascent of Gran Paradiso (4061 m s.l.m.). Alpinism is a discipline that is based on overcoming the difficulties encountered during the ascent of a mountain. The etymology of the word refers to the Alps and to first attempts to climb its highest peaks. June, 2018.
Hinking the track to Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele II at the bottom of mount Gran Paradiso. The ascent can be done on rock, snow, ice or mixed routes, also using rock climbing or ice climbing techniques. June, 2018.
A view of the massif of Gran Paradiso. On the left the Tresenta peak (3.609 m s.l.m.) while the Ciarforon (3.642 m s.l.m.) stands out on the right. June, 2018.
Cesare and Ludovico take a break outside one of the new shelters used by Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele II to host more alpinists. The ascent to Rifugio V. Emenuale II usually starts from Pont , a small village under Mount Gran Paradiso, and takes about 2 hours. June, 2018.
Nicola (a.k.a. Cega), Nicola and Giuseppe play Briscola (one of Italy's most popular card games) in Rifugio V. Emmanuele II. June, 2018.
The ascent begins early in the morning (around 4 am) in order to find good and more solid snow or ice along the trail. The alpinists wear crampons, traction devices that are attached to footwear to improve mobility on snow and ice during ice climbing. June, 2018.
The ascent starts very early also because the weather is usually better in the morning even though it can suddenly change. June, 2018.
The Mount Gran Paradiso is the 7th highest mountain in the Graian Alps and the 4th highest peak among all those located completely in Italian territory with an elevation of 4.061 m (s.l.m.). It's close to Mont Blanc on the nearby border with France. June, 2018.
The rope is a group of two or more climbers who make a climb tied to the same rope, allowing the lowering of the risk. The objective and subjective dangers present in the mountains make climbing alone riskier than the climbing performed by several people who mutually assure themselves: for this reason, normal sporting practice involves climbing on a rope. June, 2018.
Andrea, 25, is one of the yungest alpinist guides of CAI (Club Alpino Italiano) of CAI's branch in Vicenza. "The mountain is a parallel world to my life and when I enter this world I am lucky to be able to live another life. I go to the mountains to be able to live this life too, to fully enjoy the taste of my rebirth every time I climb a peak or a rock wall. And it is the thought of being able to go back to the mountains that gives me the right nostalgia, day after day." he says.
From the sides of the mountain several glaciers descend: from the western slope towards the Valsavarenche descend the Gran Paradiso Glacier and the Laveciau Glacier; in the eastern slope towards the Val di Cogne the Tribolazione Glacier descends. June, 2018.
In addition to the risks related to the mountain environment itself the main danger in alpinism is falling from the slope. The fall can be caused by mountaineer's incompetence or by accidental causes such as landslides, avalanches, lightning, ice fall and rocks from above. June, 2018.
Mauro and Toni at 4.000 m (sl.m.) on mount Gran Paradiso. Toni is one of the oldest and most skilled CAI guide of CAI’s branch in Vicenza. June, 2018.
Typically, a mountain with its peaks has one or more paths or climbing routes each with different degrees of difficulty: the simplest way, typically coinciding with the first historical ascent, is often called the normal route, the most direct route is often called "direttissima", the other routes often take their name from the orientation to the cardinal points. June, 2018.
A group of alpinists of the CAI (Club Alpino Italiano) approach the peak of the Gran Paradiso which reaches 4061 m s.l.m. The Gran Paradiso is one of the easiest 4,000 peak to climb but it does not deserve attention because of the numerous crevasses that reappear during the hottest season. June, 2018.
Mountaineering often involves reaching high altitudes. Here the cold temperatures due to the altitude make the environment very similar to the winter even in summer, while the winter features are even more pronounced in the cold season. Added to this is the greater atmospheric variability and the presence of physiological disorders due to high altitude. June, 2018.