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Area 7
MOUNTAINS OUTSIDE EUROPE

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The most truthful representation of the dimensions of the Himalayas is offered by the east face of Monte Rosa, which dominates the Macugnaga valley and the plain around Novara. But the day came when not even the Monte Rosa was enough to satisfy the mountaineers. With the great explorers of the early 20th century, the epic discovery of the Himalayas and the mountains outside Europe began. The undisputed leader was Amedeo of Savoy Duke of the Abruzzi, who explored Karakoram and the North Pole, and climbed Mount St Elias and the Ruwenzori.

Under the stars of the 8000s

Becoming increasingly light and resistant, tents were the fundamental aid for climbing the fourteen 8000s of the Himalayas and Karakoram, an undertaking that required intermediate camps and long nights in the “zone of death”. The heavy encampments of the mid 20th century have been replaced by rapid expeditions in “Alpine style”, where bivouacs are kept short to reduce the risks of high altitude exposure.

The maestro of photography

Vittorio Sella was an excellent mountaineer and a great photographer, capable of showing the Alps and the world mountain chains with breadth and great skill. His photographic ‘views’, obtained after much effort and sacrifice with heavy sheets and enormous cameras, are still a reference for photographers today and for all those who know how to grasp a light on the mountain. With the film shot in 1909 on K2 he was also the precursor of expedition movie films.

 

The lord of exploration

Luigi Amedeo of Savoy Duke of the Abruzzi, the man of the North Pole, of Mount St Elias, of the Karakoram and of the Ruwenzori, was one of the greatest leaders in the pioneering period and is an icon of adventure by ‘fair play’, that challenge to know and to do that called for human gifts of leadership, consistency and distinction, even more than courage.

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Area 5  WINTER MOUNTANEERING

Area 5
WINTER MOUNTANEERING

The most extreme boundary is winter mountaineering, which originated on Uja di Mondrone in December 1874 with the ascent of Castagneri, Martelli and Vaccarone. Climbing the mountains in the most unfavourable season meant breaking the final taboo of valley...

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Area 6 SKIING AND WINTER SPORTS

Area 6
SKIING AND WINTER SPORTS

Skiing did not originate as recreation, but as a means for moving over the snow for the populations of north Europe. Known and practised in the north for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years, skiing arrived in the Alps only at the end of the 19th century, when...

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Area 8 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Area 8
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

For almost a thousand years, Alpine civilisation developed in a balanced equilibrium between nature and culture. Man drew resources from the environment without ever going beyond the limits of the resources themselves. With 19th- and 20th-century industrialisation,...

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Area 9 PIACENZA COLLECTION

Area 9
PIACENZA COLLECTION

Mario Piacenza was born in 1884 at Pollone, near Biella, not far from Turin, into a family of industrialists dedicated to wool manufacturing from several generations. He carried out various activities in the field of mountaineering and was also the director of the...

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Area 10 THE TURIN 2006 OLYMPIC MUSEUM

Area 10
THE TURIN 2006 OLYMPIC MUSEUM

In 2006, on the occasion of the XX Winter Olympic Games and the IX Winter Paralympic Games, Turin and its valleys experienced a moment of great appreciation and were at the centre of international attention. The Museomontagna conserves the memory of the sports events...

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