Up until a decade ago, climbing was reserved to some passionate – or mad – obsessed people, whose ultimate aim was to reach the sky.
Several places in South Tyrol are endowed with peculiar charm and mystery. The story of the Sciliar Plateau, whose image is among those symbolising the Dolomites, is rich in mythological and legendary figures that live in the local woods. Stories, which have been passed on for centuries, were born out of these figures, among which the cult of the Witches of the Sciliar.
Going to the mountains is good for us – fresh and clean air, exercise, the colours and landscapes which feed our souls… - and those who deeply love it try and get their children involved from a very young age. This choice can be praised, although there are a few precautions one ought to take.
Once upon a time, there was a short and not so good-looking king called Laurino, whose reign, hidden among the rocks of the Rosengarten, was full or marvellous roses. He was also King of many dwarfs, who spent their time digging and searching for crystals, gold and silver. Laurino possessed two magical weapons: one belt, which gave him strength equal to twelve men, and a cloak, which made him invisible.
Sky running, that is running towards the sky.
This name evokes extraordinary emotions and sensations. Sky running means, in fact, running along mountain paths, going up and up. This sport is getting more and more popular; it requires fitness and stamina, but also the capability of reading the terrain quickly, avoiding the “traps”, and also listening to our body, seeing how it reacts with the constant strain on bones and joints with a steep and demanding terrain.
The Salvans are legendary figures of the Ladin culture. They were the inhabitants of woods and sheepfolds and lived alone in very humble conditions.
Once upon a time, in a small hamlet in Alta Badia, there was one of these little men, he loved sheep so much that he would always find ways to pamper them. The inhabitants of that place felt that they did not need a shepherd anymore, for he was with the herd day and night. He would bring the animals to the best pastures, caressing and pampering them, never leaving them alone, not even for a moment. He missed them at night, as well, so he would often take them grazing under the moonlight.
Thanks to his care and attention, the sheep would grow strong and beautiful, chubby and portly. One day, the owners of the animals got together to discuss about how to rightfully thank this man, who had been so kind with their animals. They saw that he sported a rather old and worn-out jacket, which certainly would not have been good enough for winter, so they had another one sewn for him. It was bright red, and they thought it would have made him happy. When it was ready, they went to the highest sheepfold and hanged it outside the front door, hiding close-by to see how the Salvan would have looked wearing it.
The Mezzalama Trophy, the “Marathon of the Glaciers”, takes place on 25 April this year. It is an extremely testing competition and, for its 20th anniversary, the route has been reversed, starting in Gressoney la Trinité and ending in Breuil Cervinia. It is a ski-touring route which epitomises a return to ancient traditions.
Visiting a foreign land does not merely entail discovering unusual food combinations and enchanting landscapes, but also learning about ancient and unknown languages. Italy is a well-known kaleidoscope of colours and captivating images, a jumble of strong traditions and each region will warmly welcome you.
It’s winter, snow is the talk of the day. We all dream of sliding down snowy slopes, but how do we safely do that? All you need is the right pair of skis.
There are almost countless models on the market, but their definitions are not always clear. Let’s shed some light.