Guide of Alagna Valsesia, Michele "Longhez" Cucchi and Michele Enzio on
Dufour Top with age costumes.
Macugnaga, Piedmont - ITALY -
the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the first climb to the top of
Dufour Peak, the highest of the peaks which make up Monte Rosa, which took
place exactly 150 ago on the 1st of August 1855, have just ended. It has been
a three day's weekend of intensive activities which involved the three
main cities surrounding Monte Rosa: Saturday, July 30th in Alagna Valsesia
(Italy); Sunday, July 31st in Macugnaga; Monday the 1st August in Zermatt
On the 31 of July in
Macugnaga Professor Riccardo Beltramo from the University of Turin, presented
the Protocol of Ecocompatibility for Extraeuropean Expeditions.
Among the hundreds of
partecipants of this very special event was the Italian Minister of
Agriculture Gianni Alemanno who, after spending the night at Regina Margherita
Hut, at an altitude of 4554 mt. climbed to the top of Dufour Peak where he met
the Swiss Minister of the Treasure Joseph Deiss.
Before leaving for Zermatt,
the two Ministers, celebrated the spectacular climbing by depositing on the
top of the mountain a memorial plaque running "What you think to be the peak
is nothing but a step" by L.A. Seneca.
In the climbing to the top of
Monte Rosa, the Minister Gianni Alemanno, was accompanied by the Chief
Expedition and President of Monte Rosa Anniversary Luca Succi, Silvio "Gnaro"
Mondinelli, Marco "Macho" Confortola, Fabio Iacchini and Chicca Piolini who
will partecipate to the Celebrative Expedition which is leaving for the
Himalaya on the 5th of September with the aim of climbing to the top of the
Photo: On Dufour Top,
(left) Swiss Minister of the Treasure Joseph Deiss, President of Zermatt
Tourism Daniel Luggen e the Italian Minister of Agriculture Gianni Alemanno.
Photo: Zumstein Peak and
in the background Regina Margherita Hut, from summit of Dufour Peak.
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