Event Report: ‘International Youth Ice Climbing Camp’ February 6th – 10th – Valle Varaita (Cuneo)
14 participants took part in the event: 12 Italians and 2 foreigners (one from Spain and one from Germany). The base camp of the group was Savigliano Hut in Pontechianale.
Below a short daily reportage of the event.
Sunday 7 February: the participants were divided into two groups. The first group went to ‘Castello’ fall where started practicing the basis of ice climbing: crampons and ice axes use and progression. The second group with the more expert participants went climbing to ‘Anfiteatro’ . Unfortunately the weather was not nice and it snowed all day. At 12.30 we left for Turin where we visited the Cinema Museum inside the Mole Antonelliana.
Monday 8 February: great weather. The participants were divided into three groups: the first climbed ‘Valeria’ fall above the village of Chianale, the second climbed ‘Berrò’ fall in the same area while the third group climbed ‘Pineta Nord’ fall in Pontechianale. Today was a very intense day and all the boys and girls were enthusiast. The late afternoon and evening were spent at the hut to let the participants socialize.
Tuesday 9 February: the participants were divided into two groups who climbed ‘Berrò’ and ‘Pineta Nord’ falls. New routes were opened and the participants could also experience climbing on mixed surfaces because of the insufficient presence of ice in some areas. This day was full of activities and an exciting one for all the participants. In the evening took place the farewell party where all the participants were given the official event t-shirt, hat and UIAA pin.
Wednesday 10 February: departure day.
Considerations: This event was a great opportunity for all the participants to learn the basics of Ice Climbing: they were enthusiasts about this experience and asked to have the opportunity to repeat it in the future!