Title I


Art. 1 - The "Club 4000", which brings together the climbers who have climbed at least 30 4000 meters peaks higher than on the official list 82 UIAA, founded by Luciano Ratto and Franco Bianco in 1993, is constituted as the Turin Section Group Italian Alpine Club, taking what denomination:

"CLUB 4000" group.

Art. 2 - The Group "CLUB 4000" included in its rules, according to the criteria of Article 35 Title VI of the Statute of the Italian Alpine Club of Turin Section, statutes and regulations of the membership Section and the general interests of the CAI

Art. 3 - The Group "CLUB 4000" strives to promote and encourage the mountaineering activities in the high mountains, while respecting the natural environment, stimulating and encouraging mutual understanding and the meeting between the members in order of information exchange , experiences and documentation. It maintains and updates the historical list of its members and their activities. By the list of climbers who have climbed at least 30 "4000" who request them.

Art. 4 - The "CLUB 4000" Group adopts as Registered Office the historic seat of the Turin Section at Monte dei Cappuccini, via Gaetano Giardino 48 - 10131 Turin.

Title II


Art. 5 - They can join the Group "CLUB 4000", upon acceptance by the Board of Directors, all members of the Italian Alpine Club who have climbed at least 30 82 of peaks higher than 4000 meters included in the official list of 'UIAA For members of the Turin Section is sufficient to apply to the secretariat of the "CLUB 4000 Group", members of other Sections them shall require the aggregation to the Turin Section.

A special award will be given to Members who have risen respectively 50, 70, 82 "4000".

Art. 6 - The application form must contain the following data:

  • name and surname, date of birth, address and telephone number;
  • CAI membership, with aggregate demand to the Section of Turin or request to join the Turin Section;
  • e-mail address (if you do not want to appear on the website, request it explicitly);
  • list of 4000 risen among those reported in the official UIAA, specifying date, same route and, where appropriate, at the request of the Executive Council, the name of the climbing companions;
  • date of the last 4000 rose for the first time;
  • notes; Any submission by the other Club 4000 member or of a CAAI member or the President of the CAI Section of belonging.

The membership application constitutes acceptance of these rules and that the supplied data are published on the "CLUB 4000" Group website.

Title III


Art. 7 - are the Group's organs "4000 CLUB":

  • the Assembly
  • the Board of Directors

Art. 8 - The Assembly is the sovereign body of the "CLUB 4000 Group", it represents all members, its resolutions are binding on absent and dissenting.

The Assembly:

  • It elects the members of the Board;
  • annually approves the Group's program, the President's report, the financial statements;
  • deliberates on proposals to amend the Regulation, to be submitted to the Divisional Council;
  • Resolution on the Group's dissolution, the details of which are laid down by the Sectional Council on the basis of Article 35 Sectional Regulations;
  • shall decide on any other matter included on the agenda submitted by the Executive Council or proposed by the motion of at least twenty members of the Group.

Art. 9 - The ordinary general meeting is convened by the Board once a year, between mid-September and mid-December.

The extraordinary shareholders' meetings are convened by the Executive Council if it sees fit, or within 20 days from receipt of the request of at least one-tenth of the Group entitled to vote.

Art. 10 - They have the right to attend all meetings of the Group "CLUB 4000" defined by 5 6 and articles of these Regulations and that comply with the company's shares; underage members have no voting rights for economic issues. Each member of the Group is entitled to only one vote, it is permitted by written proxy vote.

The vote for the election of members of the Board be held by secret ballot, the other voting by show of hands.

Art. 11 - The President, in his absence the Vice President, in his absence in order of registration to the CAI seniority, the oldest Director, presides over the assembly. In the case of elections appoints a returning officer and two tellers. The Chairman of ascertaining the validity of the same and the right to participate and vote.

Art. 12 - All Group members entitled to vote are eligible to apply for the post of Director, in a writing received by the secretariat of the Group within 18,00 hours the day before the meeting. Voters may express a preference on the number card does not exceed the number of eligible Directors. With the same vote is elected the shareholder with more seniority of membership of the CAI

Art. 13 - The Board of Directors consists of seven members, who shall hold office for three years and may be reelected consecutively for two terms. If there are not enough candidates to fill posts available in the Counselor expiry of the second term can reapply.

Art. 14 - If a Director resigned before the natural expiration of the mandate, new voting will be held on the occasion of the first meeting. If as a result of the resignation of the Board members should be reduced to less than four numbers, it must be called within a month an extraordinary general meeting.

Art. 15 - The Board of Directors appoints a majority:

  • President
  • Vice President

The charges above are not cumulative in the same person. The charges are closely linked to the mandate of the Board and therefore have equal duration, decaying unexpired term. In the case of Councillor reelection is not automatic renewal of the charge referred to in this article.

Art. 16 - All officers are free of charge.

Art. 17 - The President convenes and chairs the meetings of the Executive Council and has the representation of the Group "CLUB 4000" in front of the Sectional Council, has the signature that may delegate.

Art. 18 - The Vice President replaces the President, with the same powers, in case of his absence or inability, in accordance with article 21 of Sectional Statute and article 11 of these Regulations.

Art. 19 - In case of impediment of the President and the Vice President, the task will be done by the Director with greater seniority of membership of the CAI, which will assume the seniority of the one it replaces.

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Art. 20 - The members of the "CLUB 4000" the date of the establishment of the "CLUB 4000" Group of the Italian Alpine Club of Turin Section, will, if required, aggregates the Turin Section if CAI members; if non-members will be enrolled, more if required, to the CAI Section of Turin, free for the first year.


The Club 4000 enters the family of the Italian Alpine Club

The Club 4000, having the purpose (as stated in its Rules of Procedure) to "promote and encourage the mountaineering activities in the high mountains, while respecting the natural environment, stimulating and encouraging mutual understanding and the meeting among its members ", proposed by the President of the Turin Daniela Formica section and with the resolution of the respective Governing Council, from January 1 2006 has become part of that section. The officially assumed name is to Group Club 4000 of the Italian Alpine Club of Turin Section.

To join the Club must have climbed at least 4000 30 alpine peaks of over 4000 82 included in the official list of meters that, since 1993, under the aegis and UIAA certification, have been given the work of three committees ( Italian, French and Swiss), on a project formulated by the same Club. They can join the group Club 4000 all members of the Italian Alpine Club. For members of the Turin section it is sufficient to apply to the secretariat of the Group. The members of other sections of the CAI or Alpine Club foreigners must previously request aggregation - which is free - at the Turin section.

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So much for the essential information. That said, however, it can be interesting to say something more on the previous history of the Club 4000 and also on how it turned out the official UIAA list of 82 'four'.

As for the birth of the list of the peaks, it all began in August 1990, with a long article by Luciano Ratto on Alp magazine, in which he proposed a first reference 87 peaks waiting for an official definition of 4000 of the Alps. the same rat in 1992 contacted Silvia Metzeltin and then Gino Buscaini, in order to initiate the formulation of an official list. Buscaini became the director of the entire operation, on the one hand participating in the first meeting in Turin, whose purpose is to draw up a set of selection criteria and a proposed list, on the other hand involving other climbers in France and Switzerland and in the same time informing the initiative UIAA. I remember with a tinge of regret the presence and contribution of Gino in those first meetings, which were held in the old headquarters in Via Barbaroux the Turin section: its expertise and its availability was for us a real point of reference. It thus came to May 1993 when the aforementioned Buscaini and Rat, along with Franco Bianco and writer, met in Martigny, in an intense and hardly forgettable day at work, with the members of the Swiss and French commissions, including note in particular the well-known Maurice Brandt and Francois Labande. He came thus to the definitive list, that of 82 peaks, then endorsed and published UIAA.

As for the method of selecting the peaks we simply observe that the distinguishing feature of this list is to be based on objective criteria as much as possible, as opposed to the prevailing subjectivity of previous lists, referring to the Club 4000 website for more full description of the above criteria.

At this point it may be interesting to look at the story about the first climbers of 4000 of the Alps. The first name that appears, well-known, is that Austrian Karl Blodig (1859 - 1956). By being anxious usually I assume that he has climbed all 4000 considered as such in his time, as recent research shows that in fact it has gone up 'only' 60. Better than him was the Englishman Thomas Eustache (1869 - 1960), strangely ignored by scholars of these companies, which in just six years it went well 70. In this brief review should not be left out the name of another Austrian, Ernesto Puhn, that in the period between the 1892 and 1911 climbed all the peaks, then considered one of the 4000. Among other Puhn was member of our Alpine Club, in Turin section. As for the number of 4000 included in previous lists, it was quite variable: 88 it appeared in the lists due to Piero Falchetti, Gian Salvi, Franco Riva, Michel Vaucher, J. Chaubert; 60 the lists Helmut Dumler and Mario Vannuccini.

Returning to our discussion, parallel to the complement of the selection by the peaks of these committees work, it was developing the idea of ​​bringing together in an association the climbers enthusiasts 4000. In an article in the Journal of the CAI November 1993 it was addressed to all fans an invitation to that effect and it was in fact a form the Club 4000. Rat next to the promoter must remember the Franco Bianco Secretary, one of the first collectors of 4000 convinced in Italy.

Since 2000 became available the first web site. With the beginning of 2002 Club members reach the number of 50. At the same time the site was completely revised and enriched by the work of Flavio Melindo, who still continues to profitably deal. During 2005 Rat proposes to Daniela Formica, President of the Turin section of CAI and member of the Club 4000, to place the same Club as a 'group' in the Turin section, and soon reaches the favorable opinion of the Section Council.

Between the end of May 2005 2006 and it has the appearance and then the discussion of the Regulation, its final approval by the section, and finally, the 26 May 2006, the headquarters of Monte dei Cappuccini in Turin, the first annual meeting for the appointment of the Governing Council and for the definition of work programs. The shareholders, at the same time, have gradually grown in number and time sono170, belonging to a dozen European countries.

What can be the meaning of a club that brings together collectors of 4000? I have not finished to put down this question, and I realize I have written that word, collectors, that will surely turn up their noses at over a mountaineer, and that, indeed, someone is considered a word little short of demonic. In fact, if you think about it a moment, any ongoing and passionate activities holds the idea to include multiple companies of the same kind, and so, somehow, to 'collect'. By mountaineer who puts together its streets carnet, more or less difficult depending on its capabilities, the hiker that every week adds its new Sgambati to his own resume, is it not, in some way, a collecting something? In this regard I am pleased to mention the name of Kurt Diemberger: this great alpinism has joined the Club 4000 with simplicity and enthusiasm, keeping well away from any complication or controversy subtlety.

To return to our question on what is the meaning of a Club 4000, one can not but call to mind the more or less veiled sense of apprehension by many mountaineers, when you ask, which is now a classic of mountaineering ? It 'still alive and practiced, or is a phenomenon almost over, nearly suffocated by overpowering development of other forms of knowledge and attendance of the mountain, came out in the last decades? Well, if, as I think, the main activity among the climbers of 4000 can roughly be placed in the context of mountaineering classic mold, then we can say that the formation of the group and especially the large number of signatures collected so far and the 'interest aroused may be a witness that classic mountaineering is still alive and, above all, that the presence of this club may make a contribution to the practice of this type of activity.

In the short history of the Club 4000 exposed previously you might get the impression of an association linked mainly to a specific city. In truth it is not as important the fact that this club was born in a city rather than another, but the fact that the association actually is mainly linked to the website that around it came gradually developing. And the characteristic of a site is precisely to free ourselves from the geographical constraints, to bring together the members who live in areas too far apart from the most fortunate that the 4000 can reach them at the weekend, to the most distant, that They 4000 reserve them for the summer holidays.

Just this website is therefore the real strong point of reference and identity. On it there is a lot, and other things should be added in the near future. There is, of course, the list of four thousand 82, with an illustration of the criteria for their choice, the list of members with their email addresses, statistics of all kinds, bibliographic notes and notes on ski 4000. And again, mountaineering history, news, images, climb relations. And above all there is a forum, where every partner and every fan can get news on the routes and the status of the mountain by mountain guides, and can possibly find friends to combine climbs to the peaks of interest.

I am going to close this brief note, but I feel that we forwarded into an argument, one of the climbs on the highest mountains, which claim strongly somewhere else, beyond mere institutional communications. One, among all, comes out with particular intensity: from what comes the charm of the climb the highest mountains? It 'clear that the answers to this question are varied. But let groped a telegraph response among the many possible, reserving to return possibly on the subject in more detail on another occasion. We could first be observed that the vertical dimension gives us an extraordinary change of climates, vegetation, views, feelings and experiences, economies and lifestyles, of confined spaces, which are measured by the hundreds of meters. This we may observe every time we start from the plain to go up on a high mountain peak: the countryside and grow gradually to the end of the chestnut, conifers, pastures, rocks, the snows in their various forms, from mild to glaciers steep couloirs, it's all a kaleidoscope of images that change. Very different are the other two dimensions along which we spend our lives, the horizontal dimensions, the ones that allow us to move on the earth's surface. Think of the great European center plains, Russian and Siberian, the flat and vast steppes of Central Asia, the large expanses of semi-arid lands, savannas or forests. Here we can move for hundreds or even thousands of kilometers but the feelings and visions do not show substantial changes. It 's true, there are happy exceptions. But these are exceptions, not the rule. The conclusion that can be drawn is simple: millions of individuals is given fated to live a life inexorably hooked to two dimensions, to try for a lifetime the same environmental and geographical sensations. Aside from the few who have sufficient financial resources and a suitable cultural background, to these individuals it is totally denied the thrill of being able to freely move through the different worlds that take place along the vertical dimension. Well, climb the highest peaks is it not, ultimately, a way to enrich our lives by drawing the highest degree, with both hands, to the sensations and experiences that line this privileged dimension?

But we close the parenthesis and return to us. We can conclude by noting that the arrival among us of a Club 4000 adds a further component to the rich reality of the Italian Alpine Club. This new presence can be the stimulus for those who already salt on the highest peaks, to step up its attendance. But, above all, one that looks can be an opportunity to appear at this fascinating activities for those who do not yet tried, with high altitudes and at the same time does not mind the balanced models of action and knowledge inspired classic alpinism,. Why not try?

(Roberto Aruga)