Waterfalls of Ice Mount Giovo and Surroundings
Written by Guida Alpina Stefano Nesti.
The mountain Giovo Rondinaio for many years is now considered a great playground for winter climbing activities .
Its majestic Linnhe vertical routes from the channels that fall into lakes , interspersed with lively slopes and picturesque valleys , have so far attracted over the years, many climbers , hikers or just tourists eager to breathtaking landscapes .
Besides, thanks a particular micro-climate , which features both morphological weather , means that in these places would be created on the optimal environmental conditions and difficult ritrovabili in the Apennines , such that they favored the development of a certain type of " soil "and then mountaineering .
At first they were the channels, steep and collected , which being filled with snow , which often freezes, have offered wonderful opportunity to climb more or less technical mountaineers wishing to try their hand at climbing " armed" with crampons and ice axes .
With the advent of new techniques and materials , as well as a more enlarged , winter mountaineering has suffered , particularly in the last decade , a considerable increase of the difficulties can be overcome and a widening of the field of action , the canals, the casts of ice .
Eager to be able to perform well in our mountains gestures of cascatismo climbers , began in the sort of finding these walls of ice .
From the beginning we realized that in this corner of paradise you go to form almost all seasons a number of glaciers that have made this area highly attractive to the practitioners of this type of climbing frozen waterfalls .
From the winter season 2004/ 05, noting that the phenomenon and the popularity of the place was starting to expand, although still limited to a handful of climbers , I decided with the help of some friends, and in particular with the thrust of the forward-looking Massimo Bernardi , cataloging and reporting lines of the most famous and known ice in the area, in principle , after seeing that much can still be done in this field , I started exploring in search of waterfalls still inviolate , salendone and trying to take advantage of new and transfer in the Apennines new trends arrampicatorie , actually opening the first lines of dry-tooling of the area.
This area, modest compared to the large Alpine valleys , however, is giving us great satisfaction , allowing us to play with the many different forms of mountaineering , offering an ever renewed from year to year with many ascents yet to be discovered or simply "see" above in the field of mixed classical and modern.
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