News on 4000

230 years ago the first ascent over 4000 meters

The August 22 1778 seven Gressoney, motivated by the need to know their origins, their limitations and hope to discover new horizons, they ventured on the Monte Rosa glacier to search for the Lost Vale. With daring spirit they reached the hill that separates the valley of Gressoney to that of Zermatt, exceeding for the first time in the history of the four thousand meters in an area that was called "Rocks of Discovery".

The Gressoney Section will be undertaken to promote awareness of this historic undertaking, through the organization of different initiatives that will culminate with the ascent up to the Rocks of Discovery on August 22 2008.

(Source: Montagnes Valdôtaines, May 2008)

In fact, this enterprise was remarkable because it preceded by eight years the epic ascent by Jacques Balmat, the 8 1786 June ventured alone until near the present Vallot hut, where he bivouacked without shelter and adequate equipment, in one of the first attempts to climb Mont Blanc.


Eustache Thomas, who was he?

E 'is the title of a long article by Luciano Ratto, published Annuario 2006 of CAAI, for distribution at the end of 2007. Thomas see also under the heading "And Curiosity"

Mont Blanc does not agree with the doomsayers

global warming? Retreat of glaciers worrying? But no:

"The Mont Blanc has increased by two meters" is the title of a news item in La Stampa of 14.10.2007, from which we learn that "The Mont Blanc has never been so high: he earned 2,15 meters in two years and now measures 4810,90 meters. The new height, found the 15 and 16 last September, was announced by expert surveyors of Haute-Savoie, meeting in Chamonix for their general assembly. The new measurement was made during the fourth campaign in 2001 the height was set at 4810,40 meters, in a 2003 4808,45 and 2005 4808,75 in meters ".

But that's not all because "... The Mont Blanc has grown not only in height. The volume of ice, above the 4800 meters of altitude, was calculated for the first time in 2003, and it had been detected 14.600 cubic meters. It was decreased to 14.300 cubic meters in 2005, but has almost doubled in the 2007 24.100 with cubic meters. "

What do they tell the many catastrophic fashion?

(Source: La Stampa, 14.10.2007)

LR, 15.10.2007

Baptism of 4000

Commendable is the initiative of the Champoluc Guide Company, which, in August 2006, (and we hope in the coming years), they brought the "baptism of 4000" Monte Rosa, with ascent to Castor, at cost, including transport to Colle Bettaforca or higher Verra Pian, the 120 € per person, plus overnight expenses in a shelter.
For information and reservations call 346.2441210

(Source: La Stampa, 12.8.2006 - LR)

Aosta Valley Mountain Rescue: new regulations

Since July 1 2006 be rescued by helicopter in Val d'Aosta, without reasonable cause, it will be very expensive.
The Regional council has approved a resolution that says the cost of the rescue, when a call is unmotivated, is totally dependent on who makes the call to inexperience, fatigue, minor accidents with no real need. The same regional document fixed in the sum of EUR 750 the rate for hikers in real difficulty, but without the proper equipment for the type of activities that are taking place. What for Italian citizens. Foreigners must, in any case, refund the total cost of the rescue.

(Source: La Vallee, 17.6.2006 - LR)