“On the Trails of the Glaciers” at “ECOMUNICA”

Fabiano Ventura, presdident of Macromicro, will be one of the protagonists of “ECOMUNICA”, the first forum on recycling and renewable energy take will take place in Rome, from Sept 29 to Oct 2nd 2011, in the prestigious location of Piazza del Popolo.

“ECOMUNICA” is an interesting and unique container aimed at divulgating and communicating the value and care for the environment, the importance of recycling, and the innovation of whatever concerns the “green economy”. This is conveyed through an intense program of events, congress, and expositions, which involve citizens, industry, schools and young people. The happening is supported by the Mnistry of Youth, the Lazio Region and the Comune of Roma.

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“Caucasus 2011″: The second expedition has been concluded

Started on July 28th, the photographic-scientific expedition “Caucasus 2011”, which interested the georgian side of the Caucasus range, was concluded on September, 1st.

Four main glaciers examined; twenty comparative’ photographs realized with the same perspective used to shoot images from the first pioneers more than 120 years ago; several ablations sticks positioned; two data logger installed; three helicopter explorations; two years of preliminary studies and of logistic organization; and more than one month of on field activity. All this filmed by a specialized TV crew for the production of a documentary, which will be soon distributed worldwide.

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Documentary “On the Trails of the Glaciers” on German TV channel “Arte”

Documentary “On the Trails of the Glaciers” on German TV channel “Arte”

The documentary “On the Trails of the Glaciers”, describing the activities of the first expedition hold in Karakorum in 2009, will be shown on the TV channel Arte in German language:

-          on Saturday, 3rd September 2011 at 20:15

-          on Sunday , 4th September 2011 at 14:45

-          on Wednesday 14th September 2011 at 10:00.

The German title is “Aufbruch ins Karakorum – Auf den Spuren der Gletscher”.

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Climbing Banguriani mountain (3885 m)

Days went too fast. I still have clear memories of the departure, with its usual load of anxiety, curiosity and excitement, and I already find myself planning the last hours of the expedition. In the next days the team will split in three to conclude the activities in our schedule: Riccardo will recover the data –logger initially installed and will measure the sticks positioned on the Tviberi glacier, at 2500 meteres; Marco and Luca will go with Kenneth on the Shkara glacier to make the last shooting for the documentary. I will try to reach my last objective for this expedition: the remake of to the famous panoramic photo shot by Vittorio Sella 121 years ago from the Banguriani’s peak, at 3885meteres.

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Glaciers from the top: helicopter explorations

Last Monday we had the opportunity to observe the Svanetia’s glaciers from a unique and fascinating point of view: the sky. Thanks to the long and friendly work of the Georgiana and Italian Ambassadors, the Georgian Ministry of Defense and Environment allowed us to utilize an helicopter that was in the region for some military exercises. The sky view of the valleys, the mountains and the glaciers at different times of the day and therefore with always different lights and shadows, has been of fundamental importance to have a general picture of the glaciers snow status at the end of the summer. This particular point of view allowed us to observe so many details otherwise impossible to note with the classical landscape explorations.

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Ascent of mount Lashkdilar 3325 m

Through the path that leads up to an altitude of2700 meters,  we reach the plateaus that stand over the Mestia village, where we spend the night in order to reach some wonderful small lakes. From there, we follow the path that leads us to the summit of the Lashkdilar mountain. Thanks to the flat and grassy ground, we can set up our tents very close to one another and organize our equipment for the next day ascent.

To reach the summit before the sunrise, as usual we have to get up very early: we already keep on walking at three in the morning, following the path lighted by the moon, although we often lose the way, because the undefined track continuously confuses itself  in the free debris and forces us to separate in order to identify its direction.

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Lardaadi Adishi, a huge icefall

Sometimes, a second is enough to catch the moment in a wonderful photograph; other times it takes time and tenacity. To remake the masterly Vittorio Sella’s image of Lardaadi Adishi, one of the most spectacular Svanetia’s glaciers, we were forced to make a tough 3-days expedition, with porters and horses.

During the wonderful mid-august day we moved from Mestia to the fascinating semi-abandoned village of Adishi. From here we walked towards a small grassy hill located in front of the impressive icefall. The night, illuminated by a spectacular full moon, made us hope for good weather condition for the following day. Unfortunately, that was not the case: since the morning alarm clock, 3:30 am, the sky was getting darker, and numerous storms stayed with us until early afternoon.  The close thunders were confused with the incredible sound generated by the frequent fall of the ice.

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Second mission on the glaciers

Saturday, Aug 6th, 6am. We are finally leaving for our second mission on the Svanetia glaciers, the unexplored land that spreads in the Georgian northwest. This region is surrounded by some of the highest mountain in Caucaso, with peaks never below3000 meters, often higher than5000 meters, like the Skhara’ mountain with its 5201 meters.

Riccardo, Kenneth, George (our guide) and Merab (our translator), along with six porters arrived with us to Zhabeshi village, moved towards Tviberi valley, directed to it glacier. The aim of the scientific mission, as mentioned in the previous article, consist in measuring the melting rate of the glacier thanks to the positioning of eight ablation stakes on glaciers zones with different characteristics. Specifically, the thickness of the floating debris over the glacier will be related to the glacier melting and with the “reflecting ratio” (albedo) of the interface, which will be accurately measured on each spot. Geomorphologycal observations will be acquired during the long way to the glacier in order to reconstruct it’s length and volume.

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