AKU MAGAZINE - FIRST ISSUE 2016 / EN
Every place, every Seek your
day, every moment. adventure.
> Close-up Uri and Helle remained camped in the Finnish taiga for a whole week as part of their project to tell the story of the last wild places on planet earth (see reportage on page 6). The mosquitoes have gone and Uri prepares the evening meal: fried vegetables and reindeer steaks.
Indice 06 NOTES FROM THE FOREST The WILD Finland Expeditions / by Helle Olsen e Uri Golman
16 AN ARCHIVE IN THE ANTARCTIC FOR THE WORLD’S GLACIERS International Savage Program / by Carlo Barbante & Jacopo Gabrieli
24 AKU ADOPTS THE PATH OF THE COLBRICÓN LAKES Parco Naturale Panaveggio Pale di San Martino / by Teddy Soppelsa
30 METROPOLITAN PATHS Let’s slow down the cities / by Gianluca Migliavacca
35 ADVENTURES IN 400 WORDS Taken from BLOGGER CONTEST 2015
44 TIPS BY AKU
48 AKU COLLECTION 2016 Complete AKU models range
Credits EDITING AKU trekking & outdoor footwear TEXT by Teddy Soppelsa, AKU Marketing dept., with the contribution of AKU friends GRAPHIC DESIGN Pubblimarket² PRINT Tipografia Castaldi, Agordo - BL - Italy
Editorial > cover: Christian McLeod > photo on previous page: Uri Golman & Elle Olsen
“To be an explorer is not something you become, it is something you are when you are born. The passion for discovery is not something to be acquired, but is a natural state of mind. But if you are not very careful in your daily life you will quit early on. Years of school, parents’ expectations and society’s demands slowly grind your original spirit apart and you eventually start to behave in a civilized way without even noticing it”. It was Erling Kagge who said this, the world-renowned polar explorer who was the first human, in 1993, to reach the South Pole, alone, on foot. His theory is that there are so many good and sensible reasons in our world to forget the child that is in us and become prosaic persons with limited ambitions, such as consuming as much as possible and contributing to the GDP, that we end up with forgetting how happy we were as children when playing without rules and believing that everything was possible. There is only one way to escape this spiral: to cultivate the spirit of adventure that is in all of us. And the first step towards this goal is to get out of the house. Nature and outdoor life are some of the most satisfying experiences you can have. Nature has a beneficial effect on our mood and on our idea of priorities. The ways of enjoying outdoor life are countless. The pages of this magazine will hopefully give you some
ideas for embarking upon the first of many adventures. There is just one rule: you can find adventure anywhere, in any place and at any time. An adventure does not have to be in a faraway place and does not always require extreme effort. What counts is the spirit which pushes us towards the unknown, towards our goal, whether it be big or small. Taken in the right way, any adventure is possible, whether for a lone hiker or a group of friends. The natural environment can, however, prove hostile for anyone unprepared and having the right equipment is a necessity. The key requirement of all outdoor equipment is functionality and reliability. If this were not the case the products of every outdoor company would have a short life. Many companies offering outdoor products, including AKU, nowadays share a great responsibility with their customers: that of defending nature and the resources which are indispensable for making the equipment we rely on. Protecting the natural environment is the essential condition of every adventure. Enjoy your walks and your adventures.
NOTES FROM THE FOREST The WILD Finland Expeditions by Helle Olsen & Uri Golman THE MYSTICAL TAIGA Can you actually get lost in the Finnish Taiga? That was a question we had often asked ourselves before we started working on our assignment for National Geographic Nordic. The question might sound kind of stupid to outsiders at first, but when you look at a map and realize that the Finns have 23,000,000 hectares of mixed coniferous and birch forest all to themselves, most of it growing in and around bogs that are a remnant of the last ice age, you’ll start to understand. At the same time, this boreal forest is a part of the immensely huge forest belt that spans the entire northern hemisphere and is an important source of oxygen for our planet. Our job was, simply put, to photograph a story about the Finnish Taiga, the beautiful forest and its wildlife inhabitants. Something that’s easier said than done... And yes, you can actually get lost in the Taiga, but we will get back to that later. A WORLD OF TREES Actually, it’s amazing to watch Finland from above. Most of the country is covered in a huge boreal forest of pine, fir and birch. From above it all looks like a kind of spiky broccoli, shaded with an amazing variety of greens. This is the true Taiga and its geographic location is between the treeless tundra in the north and the more temperate forest to the south. The thin layer of soil that holds the tall trees
consists mainly of a thin layer of peat, and then a permanently frozen layer. Norway In some areas, the frozen layer is substituted with hard bedrock, which in turn creates a natural water blockage. This creates Finland’s magical and fabled shallow bogs that are interspersed all over the Taiga. Seen from above, the thousands of lakes and bogs mixed with the trees create habitats that could have been taken straight out a Tolkien > photo: adventure. Down on the ground, old logs Uri Golman & Elle Olsen and rocks covered in moss lie on the forest bed, and fungi pop up everywhere. Ancient green and grey lichen hang ominously from the coniferous trees, like long beards of old men. Positively these beards, tell the story that this habitat is saturated with the good clean air, in which they are able to grow. Another lichen, colored red like blood, embraces large rocks in a colorful splash amongst all the greenery. In late summer the ground of this pristine habitat booms with berries, a favorite food of the European brown bear. The Taiga is also home to the fabled and elusive wolverine, the lonesome wolf and the intriguing capercaillie. The majestic great grey owl lives in the tallest of the pines and the largest deer in the world, the moose, roams free in the woods.
> location: Finland
16 HOURS IN A SMALL HUMID HIDE Imagine a small valley with steep rocky sides covered in moss and a ridge lined with old spruces. On the bottom of the valley, old world ferns cover a small stream and it all looks so ancient, that you wouldn’t be surprised if a small dinosaur nonchalantly walked by. All in all, very romantic... Now try to visualize this: You are sitting two people in a small humid box, built for one. It has been put up right in the middle of the stream, and literally thousands of mosquitoes enter every place where bare skin is visible. After just 1 hour, your body starts to ache like hell, but you just sit there with the knowledge that you will not be able to leave for the next 15 hours. That was us as we tried to get the dream shot of a brown bear in its primeval surroundings. After 6 hours, a raven’s harsh call saturates the air. We know the bear is here. A
branch cracks and our hearts stop for a second. Our eyes are fixed on the ridge: First we see nothing, but then a flicker of movement tells us its whereabouts. We see the mighty bear as it shows itself in silhouette above us. We stop breathing as it comes closer. The only thing that breaks the silence is the sound of our camera shutters. Getting the right shot is an unmistakable feeling. In a magical moment everything comes together. Good light and a great angle turn to our advantage.
... literally thousands of mosquitoes enter every place where bare skin is visible. After just 1 hour, your body starts to ache like hell, but you just sit there with the knowledge that you will not be able to leave for the next 15 hours. The charisma of the brown bear shines through and we both have a sense of connection with this animal. As the bear looked straight into the camera it felt as if we were able to enter the bears mind and could actually see the soul of the Taiga. Exhilarated, we both stopped clicking away and for a few minutes; we let ourselves enjoy the bear as it slowly walked away through the ferns and back into its green kingdom. After that, we did not notice our aching muscles or the humidity in the hide. Everything was pure joy and we both fell asleep with the knowledge that we had gotten the shot and that, even in Europe, there is still wild nature to be seen. GETTING LOST IN THE TAIGA The dark towering trees were all around us; the sky was a gloomy grey that hid the life-giving sun. We had ventured out into the forest to try to catch some of its mysticism, but somewhere along the way, we had missed the track. We found ourselves lost, or to keep our pride intact: “Temporarily out of position.” Usually we don’t have problems navigating in nature, but the forest is a difficult place. If the sun is gone, you don’t have many features to navigate by and we had left our
GPS at home. We did, however, know that if we could find east, we could keep on walking until we hit the border between Finland and Russia. From there we could trek north to find a path that would get us back home. But, as we asked each other which way was east, we both pointed in different directions. However embarrassing it was, we had to consult with our smartphones to look at the compass there. Luckily the phones all agreed on east. But there is no doubt in writing this; getting lost was actually a fantastic feeling! It was at this point during our adventure in Finland that we realized how small and vulnerable we as humans can become when we enter the realm of Mother Nature. Actually, we both became pretty excited with our new challenge and the pathless terrain became our adventure! Two hours of swampy-hiking later and the first yellow marked border pole appeared. The path from there was, however, all but easy. First we had to cross a small swamp, where border guards used to patrol during the Cold War. The old bridge was rotted and completely torn down, so we had to construct our own very unstable bridge out of the old planks. We were thrilled with the project, like kids often are when offered an important task. It was both fun and scary. As we were balancing the wooden logs and boards, gaining support only from our tripods, we quickly realized that a fall would mean a total loss of our camera equipment. But everything worked out and three hours later, we got back to the car unscathed. We were happy and invigorated from the long walk in the beautiful woods, and although we would not recommend getting lost, it was an amazing feeling to have been humbled by nature!
â€Ś there is no doubt in writing this; getting lost was actually a fantastic feeling!
FLYING IN THE MIST OF THE TAIGA The soft rumble from a Cessna Skyhawk II engine accompanies the rapid clicking of our camera shutters. We are thrilled beyond belief by our emotions as the mythical landscape below unfolds. The mist loses its eerie grip from the night and beclouds the Taiga in a magical spell. Our pilot Pekka does not speak any English at all, yet he is smiling widely from listening to all of our very loud and positive reactions. The ‘wows’ and the ‘yubiiis’ needs no translation in the headset. We are in the middle of the Ruska Season, as the Finnish call it, when the fall colours set in. We have timed it exactly spot-on, and the forest is displayed all its hues in full glory. From above, everything looks like a colouring book made by professional artists and the trees comes in all shades of green, yellow to orange, and even red. Meandering rivers dissect the surreal landscape, and the only good way to catch it all in one photo, is from the air. As photography goes, this was by far the easiest part of our assignment and everything was a mix of planning and good luck. We spent a whole week living in our tent in the beautiful forest where we fried vegetables and fantastic reindeer steaks over our Trangia outdoor kitchen. The mosquitoes were almost gone and we were literally in heaven. Flying by morning and walking or driving in the forest by afternoon and evening. It was a unique experience and we got a clear image of how immense the Taiga really is. It is, by all standards the most untouched and beautiful forest in all of Europe. FOTO / REFLECTION OF THE TAIGA-TRAVELS The northern Taiga, or the boreal forest of Finland, is nothing short of a magical place. It is a place where you can easily vanish in the vast beauty or the adventurous and pathless terrain. Here, time stands still... Finland has taken us by storm and we miss the silent embrace of spruce and fir trees and the clean forest air in our lungs. The boreal forest is an important carbon sink and produces a great amount of oxygen for our planet. But, the Taiga is not only fantastic for us. Thousands of large elusive animals call this forest home, and the trees are their last refugee from a world that is in great change. If we as humans are able to realize this, we might just be able to save the immaculate Taiga.
BEHIND THE SCENES As photographers, we have long been smitten by the magic of the northern hemisphere and had suggested a story on the Taiga to National Geographic Nordic editor Karen Gunn. As you might imagine, our hearts jumped with joy when we received the call that the magazine would take the story. Immediately, our minds started spinning as to how we would actually solve the different problems of getting the shots. We quickly decided that we wanted to experience the Taiga in an old school way—by immersing ourselves into its nature and living in a tent amongst the trees. We also knew that we would visit Finland in three different seasons, as to get a broader view on everything. Fortunately, we were already well connected with some people who call this part of the world their home. We contacted Kari and Jani from the Boreal Wildlife Centre, both of which are extremely knowledgeable about the local wildlife. Jari from Kuusamo Tourism had a lot of good ideas for some of the most beautiful locations in Finland. With most of our location issues solved, we started to focus on our gear. Of course we had to bring all the camera gear necessary, like our three Canon camera bodies, complete with a full array of lenses ranging from the EF 180mm Macro to our newest addition, the EF 11-24mm wide-angle, and our beast of a 600mm telephoto lens. All in all, this would add about 15 kg of equipment for each of us, and we packed in our Bergan’s backpacks which were rebuilt into serious camera backpacks; there was even a bit of space for gear for camping in the wild. We chose to bring only the minimum in clothes for the different seasons, and each trip would only see two sets of clothes. One to use and one clean set in the event we got really dirty. We opted for most of the lightweight Bergan’s clothes that we were already frequently using, even everyday as these have proven to be some of the most durable clothes for what we do. For the summer expedition we brought our Ally foldable canoe so that we could navigate rivers and lakes, and for the first winter trip, warm woolen underwear and lightweight down jackets were our main priority. Carrying that much equipment through forest terrain that varied from mud and swamp to snow and rock, we needed the to bring a sturdy and comfortable hiking boot, so
we opted for the AKU Jaeger EVO high GTX. This boot is an amazing crossover leather boot that is extremely comfortable for hiking, and at the same time can make it out for a tall rubber boot. The tongue of the boot is connected with the soft leather shaft in such a seamless way, that no water enters the interior of the boot, no matter what you do.
and Uri will be working in more than 15 different locations and the photos and stories will be published along the way. The first two stories from the boreal forest in Finland and from the world’s largest national park in Greenland will both be published in National Geographic Nordic in 2016.
THE PROJECT WILD is a conservation project, which aims to tell the story of the last wild places on planet earth. During the course of the next four years, photographers and adventurers Helle Olsen and Uri Golman, will be travelling the globe on all 7 continents to document these areas for a large exhibition and book. It’s all meant to inspire world leaders and public opinion to better take care of our last natural reserves. Helle
Both Helle and Uri have a strong connection to nature! Uri has always sought adventure and today he is a recognized nature photographer. He is an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a Canon Ambassador in Denmark for his work with conservation. Helle has a ranger degree from Africa and is a Near Eastern archaeologist. For 15 years she has worked on all the 7 continents as a guide, and today she is a member of the Women’s Adventures Club and a photographer in her own right. Together they have dedicated their lives to adventure and conservation. info: Helle Olsen - www.helleolsen.com / Uri Golman - www.urigolman.com / www.wild-explorer.com
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Life in the forest Boreal forests make up about 30% of the planet’s total forest surface area and play a fundamental role in the earth’s climate system. They are an invaluable habitat for many animal and vegetable species, in addition to supporting the life of many native communities. Unfortunately they are among the ecosystems hardest hit by climate change and risk gradually turning into arid grasslands.
> The wild places
by Robert Macfarlane «A passionate ode to real places that are full of surprises and wonderment, in a prose that lets us experience the vibrant enchantment of their innermost essence». Rebecca Solnit
AN ARCHIVE IN THE ANTARCTIC FOR THE WORLD’S GLACIERS International Savage Program by Carlo Barbante & Jacopo Gabrieli (Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes of the National Research Council, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) By now it’s a fact: the Earth’s climate is warming up and man is the main cause. The current global warming is not really an extraordinary occurrence because our planet underwent a number of warming and cooling cycles also in ancient times. The ice ages are the clearest evidence of this. The totally new element in the debate is the fact that the Earth’s climate is changing much faster than in the past and that this change no longer depends solely on natural factors but also on human intervention.
> Baffin Bay (ph. W. Crawford, International Ocean Discovery Program)
To put the changes that are happening in the right perspective, it is therefore essential to study past climate and environmental changes and compare them with current conditions. The best instrument we have to reconstruct past climate is the study of natural archives, which have recorded, sometimes in exceptional detail, the sequence of climatic parameters and extreme events of past eras and centuries.
> location: Antarctica Atlantic Ocean Weddel Sea
QUEEN MAUD LAND
> photo: Ice cores, Colle Gnifetti (ph. Jacopo Gabrieli) > info: Glaciers of the world, International Savage Program www.idpa.cnr.it
There are many archives of this type in nature, e.g. tree rings, corals, continental or polar ice cores and deep-sea or lake sediments, although the cores that are extracted from glaciers have the peculiarity of recording in a single archive both the causes and the effects of climate change. For example, both the concentrations of greenhouse gases as well as dust fluxes in the atmosphere of our planet thousands of years ago are faithfully recorded, while at the same time important information regarding past temperatures can be extracted. Ice is therefore a formidable time machine for understanding the climate and the environment of yesterday and today. In fact snow captures the impurities present in atmospheric dust and deposits them on the ground. In certain areas of the Planet, such as the polar areas or high-altitude regions with perpetual snow cover, there is a continual accumulation of snow whose soft layers are slowly compressed and harden until they become compact ice some tens of metres deep. The isotopic composition of snow that has accumulated for hundreds and even thousands of years in the polar areas and high-altitude glaciers provides us with important information on past temperatures. On the other hand the chemical composition of the snow allows us to discover which chemical and biological species remained trapped during the snowfalls and therefore to reconstruct past environmental conditions in truly impressive detail. While the four-kilometre thick polar caps of Antarctica allow us to travel back in time for more than eight hundred thousand years and to interpret climate changes in the glacial and interglacial periods, the snow and ice cores extracted in the high-altitude areas all over the planet, the so-called â€œThird Poleâ€?, do not allow such long periods to be studied yet preserve within them important information about the past atmospheric chemical composition on a regional scale. THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN Researchers all round the world are therefore extremely interested in working on high-altitude glaciers to extract these precious ice cylinders, which are analysed in the laboratory to reveal the past atmospheric composition. Because of global warming, however,
much information could be lost in the near future since the rise in temperature will result in the melting of many Alpine type glaciers at medium latitudes. The countdown has begun. The effect of rising temperatures is intensified by the fact that atmospheric dust coming from the combustion of fossil and biomass fuels is being deposited on the surface of the glaciers. This black soot absorbs solar radiation, thereby making the surface layers of snow melt even quicker, also on high-altitude glaciers. If we consider the progress made over the last twenty years in understanding environmental processes, thanks to the study of ice cores, we can expect to refine our analytical techniques even more over the next few decades and eventually be able to describe past processes with a precision that still today seems impossible. The most reliable forecasts obtained through very precise climate models, however, tell us that by 2100 global warming will have caused many high-altitude glaciers to disappear completely and with them the invaluable information that allows us, as we have seen, to reconstruct the past climate and environmental changes.
The project involves collecting ice cores from the sites most exposed to climate change and store them in the Antarctic for the future. The idea is to create a permanent archive of the glaciers... A team of scholars from all over the world, coordinated by researchers of the glaciology and geological climate laboratories of Venice and Grenoble, has therefore planned a worldwide glacier coring and sampling project with the aim of saving the information they contain for future generations. Glaciologists from all four corners of the globe are on the move, the largest international and scientific organisations are giving their support and the public as a whole is more informed than ever before. The project involves collecting ice cores from the sites most exposed to climate change and store them in the Antarctic for the future. The idea is to create a permanent archive
of the glaciers, based on the Svalbard Islands model of seed bank. THE STARTING POINT IS THE COL DU DÔME GLACIER IN THE MONT BLANC MASSIF The first step will be to identify the sites most at risk of melting in the coming decades. There is no lack of examples. Italian and French researchers have already planned a coring campaign for Autumn 2016 at 4300 m altitude on Col du Dôme in the Mont Blanc Massif on the border between France and Italy. This will be the first ice core of the Alps to be ta-
ken to the Antarctic storage facility. First, however, researchers will effectively study the extracted ice cylinders in the laboratories of Venice and Grenoble, where they will be dated and undergo chemical and isotopic characterisation. Thanks to the involvement of the National Antarctic Research Program and the French Polar Institute, the cores extracted from the Alps will then be transported in refrigerated container or reefers first to New Zealand and then to the Italian station “Mario Zucchelli” on Ross Sea in Antarctica. The samples will then travel another 1500 kilometres from the station towards the Antarctic plateau
< photo: Ice core (ph. A. Spolaor)
photo: Baffin Bay (ph. W. Crawford, International Ocean Discovery Program) Base in Antartide (ph. J.T. Thomas)
The Glaciers of the world program is promoted with the contribution of AKU.
Carlo Barbante & Jacopo Gabrieli Carlo Barbante _ Director of the Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes of the CNR (National Research Council) and Professor at the University of Venice. He is engaged in climate and environmental reconstructions and the development of innovative analytical methods in connection with the environment. He has taken part in many expeditions and coring campaigns in polar areas and in the Alps. Jacopo Gabrieli _a mountain man by birth and also by passion - has been working since 2005 at the CNR in Venice where he concentrates on reconstructing past climate and environmental conditions through the chemical analysis of Alpine ice cores.
as far as the Italian-French station of Concordia, at 3233 metres above sea level and where the average temperature is -54.5 °C, with a record low of -84.6 °C in 2010. This place has not been chosen by chance: apart from being a natural refrigerator, Antarctica is more than anything a continent where national claims to territory are not recognised. In addition to the core from Col du Dôme, other samples coming not only from the Alps but also from high-altitude glaciers of other areas of intense interest, such as the Himalayas, the Tibetan Plateau and South America, will be stored there.
The project is very ambitious and partly financed by the research funds of Italian and French partners, although the researchers have also launched a “patron program” to allow private persons and foundations to contribute to this extraordinary scientific adventure.
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Exploration and mountaineering « Mountaineering is a relentless pursuit. One climbs further and further yet never reaches the destination. Perhaps that is what gives it its own particular charm. One is constantly searching for something never to be found». Hermann Buhl
Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage– by Alfred Lansing «For scientific leadership give me Scott; for swift and efficient travel, Amundsen; but when you are in a hopeless situation, when there seems no way out, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton».
AKU ADOPTS THE PATH OF THE COLBRICĂ“N LAKES Parco Naturale Panaveggio Pale di San Martino di Teddy Soppelsa
The CAI trail 348 goes from Passo Rolle to the small lakes of Colbricón and lets hikers enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery of the Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Nature Park. Starting in Spring 2016 this path will be “adopted” by AKU trekking & outdoor footwear. Austria The “Adopt a path of the Park” scheme, conceived by Parco Naturale Paneveggio Pale di San Martino, is a response to the belief that paths are the connecting link between man and nature TRENTINO and should be considered a common asset on a par with water and air. BOLZANO Created as human settlements spread more extensively across the Alpine region, the paths are also a historic asset as well as a cultural heritage for getting to know the territory. TRENTO Veneto «They are a resource for the community to use» thinks the Park’s director, Vittorio Ducoli, «and it would be great if those who spend time in the mountains were involved in maintaining this heritage, also through innovative and original forms, such as “adoption”». > photo: For firms and corporations interested in “adopting” a Park path, it will mean protecting it, Archivio EPPPSM assisting in its upkeep, sharing responsible use of it and cooperating with the Park Authority (ph Carlo A. Turra) for its management/maintenance. For a company like AKU, which designs and produces high quality mountain footwear and has been engaged for years in supporting schemes aimed at encouraging correct use of the natural environment, the Park’s proposal immediately caught its attention. AKU products have always been inspired by those who live and work in the mountains and in close contact with nature in general. In fact, many of those who have always used AKU footwear are farmers, forest workers and shepherds, who have now been joined by those who love > info: www.parcopan.org hiking, trekking and mountaineering. For AKU, taking care of nature and of the places in which its footwear is used is therefore a form of responsible commitment, which comes first and foremost from its own history and inspi...paths are the connecting ration; in fact the company uses production methods that limit link between man and natuenvironmental impact while ensuring utmost transparency rere and should be considered garding the origin of the product.
> location: Colbricón's lakes San Martino di Castrozza Trentino - IT
a common asset on a par with water and air. They are a resource for the community to use...
WE CAN FEEL THE EARTH ON THESE PATHS The paths are not something that belong to the world of yesterday but to a world that has to be modernised with a new approach. They are works that take us back to the consciousness of limit, the re-humanisation of the mountains, encouraging a slow tourism intent on discovering the true heritage. The paths were not created by chance, they are deliberate and often ingenious works, marked out with the wisdom of mountain men. Unlike other facilitated forms of transport inserted between our feet and the earth, when we walk we come into real contact with the places, we cross through them, we exploit to the full our capacity of observation and awareness provided by our senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch and even taste if we find something edible). Walking is transformed into experience. Through the path we actually feel the earth that we have beneath our feet. In other forms of transport there is no direct contact between us and the ground, but always separation. When we walk along a path there is total empathy with the earth, a direct relationship without any mediation. THE PATH OF THE COLBRICÓN LAKES It is an easy path featuring modest differences in level and therefore suitable also for families:
They are surrounded by a wonderful landscape of junipers and rhododendrons, which offer visitors a spectacular sight in the summer when in full bloom.
a short walk of about 1 hour and 30 minutes (there and back). The path starts from the Malga Rolle car park (1900 m), approx. one kilometre from Passo Rolle, which is also served by shuttle buses leaving from Valle di Fiemme and from Valle di Primiero. The hike continues along an undemanding, relatively flat path signposted with the CAI waymark number 348 as far as the small lakes of Colbricón (1927 m). Near the starting point, you can enjoy some of the most spectacular Alpine scenery of the Park and see the profound morphological and geological differences between the Pale di San Martino dolomitic slope and that of Lagorai, whose rocks are instead of volcanic origin. Because of their exceptional natural value, both these environments are now part of the European ecological network “Natura 2000”. Along the route you can enjoy the lush vegetation which includes centuries-old trees, larches and cembran pines and, especially early morning when there is peace and quiet, also see various species of Alpine animals, such as chamois, marmots, eagles and black grouse. After having walked through magnificent forests, visitors suddenly find the splendid scenery of the Colbricón lakes appear before their eyes. Of glacial origin, the smallest lies at 1909 metres and the southern one at 1922 metres, only a short distance from the Colbricón refuge. They are surrounded by a wonderful landscape of junipers and rhododendrons, which offer visitors a spectacular sight in the summer when in full bloom. Above the valley where the lakes nestle rises the Colbricón peak: this whole area was a theatre of war between the Italians and the Austrians from 1915 to 1918, and is strewn with the remains of works built during the conflict, which have by now been swallowed up by nature. The lakes of Colbricón form an interesting area both from a nature and an archaeological point of view. A few decades ago important remains dating back to the Mesolithic period were found on the shores of the lakes, showing that hunters had settled here around 10,000 years ago to hunt the plentiful fauna. For those who would like to walk further, it takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to descend from Colbricón towards Val Bonetta and the Alpine pastures of Malga Ces and from here take a forest road to San Martino di Castrozza.
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Light trekking Walking unhurriedly, effortlessly, through woods, along mountain tracks, treading on sand or asphalt with the enjoyment of re-discovering yourself and the surrounding world, relying solely on your own strength and equipment. Trekking is the celebration of slow tourism, which heightens emotions and makes the places you visit unforgettable. Walking is a culture in itself, it is a lifestyle.
> Paneveggio-Pale di San Martino Nature Park - Travel by images The nature and the places of the Park through superb images with short texts intended to stimulate the desire to start walking and get to know the protected area. Edited by Vittorio Ducoli, Maria Liana Dinacci, 2015, publisher Idesia.
METROPOLITAN PATHS Let’s slow down the cities by Gianluca Migliavacca Sentieri_Metropolitani (Metropolitan paths) is a project nearing completion that has seen the creation of a network of footpaths, which (for the moment) pass through the metropolitan area of Milan. I believe it is important to quote a statement extracted from the official presentation of the project: [...] We think we know the city we live in, but perhaps our way of thinking stops us from really understanding it. The same daily routes, identical day after day, create instantly recognisable maps that may be reassuring but are “doctored”. We must not be afraid to take off the glasses of habit or nostalgia and see the territory for what it is, with its distortions to be corrected and its endowments to be applauded. Because cities change, mutate, are transformed, supplant obsolete parts, write the signs of the times on their body and engrave on their skin, on the urban fabric, the signs, the dreams of an era, which becomes history and memory. Every city is a palimpsest, a document that continues to be written on, day after day, century after century, without anything being truly lost. Every city encompasses its past and future, its talent and its vocation. That is why we are duty-bound to know it thoroughly if we truly want to love it. That gives rise to the question: do we really know our town or city? The basic concept of the Metropolitan Paths project, which is nearing completion, is to try to “slow down
Milan” so as to recover the sense of citizenship. If we truly want to discover the authentic city we must cross it on foot, because you can only understand cities by walking, even when it seems impossible. Over the last few years the inhabitants and workers of this metropolis have become simple city users, in other words they have lost the ability to make the spaces that they cross through every day count. This also means losing the possibility of establishing relations with the urban space and with no connection or relationship, there is no social cohesion. There is no identity. Identity, as we understand it, is built up again, politically (from the Greek term polis - city), by walking. Re-experiencing the city at a pace that Milan people are no longer used to means taking back possession of the city. Deciding to discover, to reveal, where you live, where you dream. [...] A project that came into being inside and outside the city walls. It is a collective idea, that has become a “core value” of Trekking Italia - Associazione Amici del Trekking e della Natura (Friends of Trekking and Nature Association). An idea nurtured by group trips, whether on paths or in the wild, crossing mountains, hills, deserts or seashores; by words, walking and observing the transformations of the human landscape cleverly directed or, as in most cases, instinctive and speculative. An idea consisting of setting out time and again for nature, far away, with a backpack, and of returns to the city: inside and outside the imaginary walls with the city/countryside dichotomy being continually brought
> location: Milano - Lombardia - IT
MANTOVA Emilia Romagna
> photo: Trekking Italia > info: Sentieri_Metropolitani is a project by Trekking Italia with support from Fondazione Cariplo and AKU. www.sentierimetropolitani.org
to the fore. An idea that has therefore been added to as time passes. Especially thanks to Association members who feel the â€œneedâ€? at the weekend to get out of the city for a change of environment and return to nature. The members of an Association which has branches located in cities. An obvious sign that this need to get out, to pass from grey to green, is clearly felt by those who live in the city. A trend that at weekends becomes the desertion of what is for us townsfolk the primitive environment, what embraces us for most of our lives, ill-treated but rich in another way.
... the opportunity for symbolically redefining the spaces of a city, which must not be simply used but tried and tested both by individuals and by the community.
FIND NATURE IN THE CITY Sentieri_Metropolitani is an idea that suggests slowing down and changing paradigm. Retracing your steps towards the city and trying, with an inquisitive gaze, to change and understand the bond which links the different environments that make up our country. A morphology that in just a few kilometres links them, even the most dissimilar, human or natural, with ecotones in which animal and vegetable life explodes. It is this very succession that attracts us: this sequence of stories, which from the mountain slope reaches the hinterland of the metropolis and, step by step, takes us into the central square of our city or town. Or vice versa, the cutting through, like true hikers, of the canyons that open up in the built-up area and then crossing the “petrified woods” with their big or small stories, from the centre to the suburbs. In fact, only an association of social advancement with 30 years of studying psychophysical experiences on the trail could create the first stages of Sentieri_Metropolitani, finding a “natural” environment even in the large cities. A completely man-made environment, but where the organised and the wild green spaces, the vertical dive of the Peregrine falcons from the castle towers or from the skyscrapers, takes us back and reminds us of the environment outside, there in the countryside, where nature reigns supreme although well-organised by centuries of the culture to transform. BUILDING UP A NETWORK OF FOOTPATHS OF URBAN MEMORY At the heart of the project is the creation of a network of paths that cross Milan, with length varying from14 to 22 km, to be shared with all townsfolk as well as with the casual traveller, tourist or wayfarer. To create a network of metropolitan trails – in the same way as new paths are “opened” up in the natural environment – becomes the opportunity for symbolically redefining the spaces of a city, which must not be simply used but tried and tested both by individuals and by the community. The ultimate aim is, thanks to this network, to create an extensive true Museum of urban memory and an incubator of civic identity in which a new relationship between citizens – old and new re-
sidents – and the metropolitan space is encouraged through the discovery of its places (many inhabitants of Milan do not really know their city...), taking them to heart and looking after them. Walking would bring together all the components of the Milan “melting pot”, getting them to take possession once again of the streets through slow mobility. And with regard to this, we feel we just have to mention the Paris Climate Conference and the issues it dealt with: intervention in cities through slow mobility is an antidote and at the same time a political commitment. Walking in the metropolis to ultimately help improve the quality of life and social cohesion. A PROJECT THAT CAN BE PASSED ON TO ANY METROPOLIS Sentieri_Metropolitani is an adventure that does not stop with Milan: in these last few years research has spread throughout Italy and to other European towns and cities. Marseille, Lyon, Paris, London, Rotterdam, Berlin, Naples and Palermo are already part and parcel of the proposal, so that their distinctive political and social dynamics can be compared and understood through their trails. It is a never-ending project: ongoing!
Gianluca Migliavacca Long-standing member of Trekking Italia, who has also been its chairman, he has walked along trails worldwide. He is currently coordinating the Milan branch and was the person behind the idea of sentieri_metropolitani.
DISCOVER MILAN WITH THE SENTIERI_METROPOLITANI APP Discover Milan on foot with the help of the Sentieri_Metropolitani App - the Android and iOS Smartphone app developed by Trekking Italia with the contribution of AKU, which firmly supported this interesting project from the beginning. Once you have downloaded the App onto your device, you can choose from 10 routes in the city of Milan (355 km of town and outof-town trails) along which various points of interest are indicated and for which more information can be obtained through the application thanks to its multi-media contents (videos, pictures and fact sheets). The App allows users to register so that they can store the trails they have done (whether completely or in part) and keep track of the kilometres walked and the CO2 saved. Every time a target is reached, such as finishing a trail or reaching a certain distance, Trekking Italia will send the user a discount code for online purchases of AKU footwear. With Sentieri_Metropolitani, tourists and inhabitants can (re)discover the hidden sides of the city and create an active link with the territory, giving life to an extensive museum of urban memory. The actual users can also supplement the information being offered with suggestions of new routes and points of interest. You can download the App from the QR Code below.
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> Leki - Micro Trail Pro Versatile, ultra-lightweight (100 % carbon) folding stick. Truly compact, ideal for Trail Running or Nordic Walking.. www.leki.com
> The world on foot - by David le Breton Enjoyment of time and of places, walking is a deviation in relation to modernity. Walking is an act of rebellion, a powerful affirmation of freedom. It is a crosswise progression in the frenetic pace of modern life.
Urban trekking It is an excellent way of exploring and getting to know towns and cities. It can be as relaxing as a walk in the mountains, but offers satisfactions of a different kind. It’s good for your physical and mental wellbeing and brings towns and cities a moment of "respite" from the traditional tourist flows.
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adventures in words
Adventure is a state of mind, it is something within us that drives us towards the unknown, towards the unexpected, to go through a riveting web magazine experienceoutdoor whose outcome is uncertain. Adventure is a mental and not just a physical event.
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WHAT IS THE BLOGGER CONTEST??
It is a challenge between bloggers in telling the story of mountains through the creative use of multimedia languages. outdoor web magazine
The web magazine altitudini.it, together with the magazine Le Dolomiti Bellunesi, the Associazione Gente di Montagna and AKU trekking & outdoor footwear, has been organising for the last five years this contest between the different forms of writing on the web. The challenge of the 2015 Blogger Contest asked participants to say what adventure is for them in 400 words plus a photo. The following stories are the tales of adventures by the three winners and by other bloggers mentioned by the jury. Find all the other stories on www.altitudini.it.
If you love writing about mountains on the web then why donâ€™t you follow altitudini.it, where you will find all the information on how to take part in the 2016 Blogger Contest.
adventures in words
THE ADVENTURES OF OTHERS (CIAO, GIANFRY)
by Simonetta Radice
As a little girl, I wanted to live like you. My home, an Alpine hut in the woods, the bright colours of new felt-tip pens. My food, pieces of bread in the garden, hidden for fun, found for fun. At a certain point you actually went and did it. You gave up your work and your surname – “it’s not necessary up there” – you said. You became simply Gianfry to everyone. You went barefoot over the mountains. Your feet became grass, snow, rock. Your progress, agile leaps. For sixteen years your home was the Vald refuge hut, in Val Grande. Summer: the sweet, silent nights of relaxation echoed with the notes blown on your horn. Autumn: the rustle of leaves, the splitting of wood, the smell of resin. On the odd occasion the transit of hikers bringing you greetings, books and maybe a packet of pasta. Winter and they told you no, you would not survive, not in Val Grande, where the days exhaust you with snow and solitude, when even just the attempt to move one step attracts attention. But then spring arrived and spring truly only arrived when someone brought news of Gianfry, as soon as the highest passes were freed of snow.
They had seen you, they had spoken to you. You had spent five months without seeing anyone. If I had you here in front of me I would not ask you why, but what and how. How did you spend that cocoon-like time, those white-tinted silences? What’s it like to obey just the rhythm dictated by your body, without obligations, without the hands of a watch, without the countless distractions of daily dealings with the world? What is it like to experience stark adventure? But you are not in front of me and never will be. To tell the truth I never knew you and the only time I saw you I didn’t have the courage to ask you. I didn’t have the courage then and now time has run out because you left us on a warm day at the beginning of summer. Without doctors and without diagnosis, as, I find myself thinking more and more, it should be. “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” I leave to these words of Thoreau and to the wind that caresses the beeches of val Grande the task of giving you my greeting.
Simonetta Radice _ When I say that I was born on 14 July, some people think I have a revolutionary temperament. That will be the day! My most subversive act was to flee the school run by nuns to go to a state high school. The most adventurous, to climb a normal route. And I really mean normal. My blog: https://estateindiana.wordpress.com (Reflections when I have the time, always too little). Look for my adventure on www.altitudini.it 37
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GIGI by Emilio Previtali
“The evening before the race I felt more or less like a blindfolded diver as he’s about to plunge into the void. Will there be enough water there below? I was so scared of not succeeding, also because before starting to train for the Gran Trail Orobie I had never run in my life before. Truly, never.” GiGi is bursting with enthusiasm and has a dreamy expression and two dark eyes like two black holes. We have put together a small running team and he has asked me to be part of it. “Signed up.” “Doesn’t it matter that I have never run in my life before?” “Signed up.” “Once I had entered for the GTO my life changed. I changed diet and started to run first on roads and then in the mountains, while my weight went down from 62 to 55 kilos. I was running 45 kilometres at a time. Before, not even on a bike.” There were Mondays when rumours arrived in the office about his exhausting and adventuresome training sessions, 10 or 11 hours of running alone in the mountains, news of passing out and admittances to A&E. To tell the truth we were also a bit worried. “GiGi’s not overdoing it, is he?” The day before the competition GiGi came to see us in the office and brought three trays of cakes and pastries
with him. He was very tense yet also calm and kind, as always. He weighed his words, however, he was less talkative, he was worried. So worried that in the end he left and we forgot about the cakes and pastries. They remained there on a table. “I went to bed and lay there staring at the ceiling, asking myself what would happen if I did not finish the race. Will I manage it? All that time I could have spent with my wife and daughter and didn’t, why? All that effort and those days wasted, to maybe return home with my tail between my legs accompanied by a chorus of I-told-you-so by relatives and colleagues.” And instead. And instead Luigi “GiGi” Mostosi finished the race in 14h19’33″ in 277th place. “Only now am I beginning to understand what I have achieved. I find it difficult to believe that the person embracing his daughter on the finishing line and who I see in the photos and the film, is really me. I did it. I think that at times we truly need to attempt something that seems impossible and see where it takes us. I think that we must find the time to remember who we are and what we can achieve.” That’s what adventure is.
Emilio Previtali _ I write stories with Instagram photos in Facebook posts, sometimes in newspapers and other times in books. I prefer to write stories combined with photographs, with motion videos or for someone who is speaking aloud. I write where it seems to me something should be written. It is the story I am telling that decides where it wants to finish. My blog: https://medium.com/@emilioprevitali/il-gigi-f1d1869dbc69 Look for my adventure on www.altitudini.it 38
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(PRAEMEDITATIO FUTURORUM MALORUM) by Giorgio Madinelli
This time it’s the end! By keeping on looking for trouble, I’ve finally found it. If I had even one possibility of getting out of this, I would try it. Without the rope I can’t get down: I have exaggerated with the difficulties. I believed I would get through in one way or another, but this overhanging rock above me is the end of the line. I am tired, my arms and legs hurt, evening is drawing in. If I had a possibility of getting away from here, I would take it. I could try the overhanging rock: if I fall, it’s the end. I hear a stone fall with a smack. I instinctively look up and shit! A rope is swinging from the overhanging rock and dropping towards me. Hey! I cry: “Who’s up there?” I cry again, but a crow answers me from far away. The rope is within reach but comes no lower. I grasp the end knot: the rope is identical to mine which, idiot that I am, I left at home. Now he will come down, someone will come down if he is using double ropes. I wait, but nothing moves. I tug on it: it seems secure. So, someone wants me to climb up, he cannot hear me, I cannot hear him, but the message is clear, this is my means of escape. I pluck up courage, tie a Prusik knot and begin to climb.
My heart is in my mouth, I don’t know if this rope is well secured, if I fall will it hold me? But I go on up: I wanted a way out and cannot reject it, now that it has incredibly fallen from heaven. With the help of the rope I heave myself over the top of the overhanging rock. I follow the rope, now it’s easy going: I’m curious to see where it is anchored. Then the terrible discovery! The rope is tied to the climbing harness of a decomposing corpse, wedged between the dwarf pines. The smell is unbearable: I put a hand over my nose. I go even nearer and recognise the backpack, the trousers and the boots. Fuck, shit, that’s ME! I had never died before and the feeling is one of extreme incredulity: am I dreaming? How can I be here and there? Perhaps it’s my spirit that is looking at the body it has left? Astounded, confused by hundreds of questions, I see the rope go taut and hear someone panting in the effort to climb up it. Here he comes: now I see his helmet and backpack and I recognise them, I know perfectly well that he is dressed like me and has my boots. He reaches me, becomes one with me: he has gone; the corpse and the rope also disappear. A crow caws at a distance. I’m alone! And I realise, with a desperate end-apnea inspiration, that I have just climbed the overhanging rock!
Giorgio Madinelli _ “I am an explorer of mountainsides; taking on these precipices and crags is a socially useless and potentially dangerous activity. The reports of this site are compiled haphazardly, but there’s always the possibility that a passage here and there corresponds to something on the ground. I cannot be held responsible if by chance you find the right route for the right peak: you have probably made a mistake. My blog: http://latanadellorso.altervista.org Look for my adventure on www.altitudini.it 41
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REGARDING ADVENTURE by Andrea Alberti I was just getting over a slight climbing mishap when I attended the crowded conference in the mountain refuge on: “Avventure e no-limits in Montagna” (Adventures and no-limits in the Mountains), with the mood of someone who has just regained that calm interest for their passion. Sitting as best I could on the bench under the large windows in the corner of the room, I was waiting for them to get to the heart of the matter, while diverting my gaze to what was beyond the slightly misted windows. Among the public near to me I identified on one side a group of experienced climbers with methodical and spontaneously inscrutable faces. On the other side, a youthful group was animatedly following the presentations, with nods and gestures that seemed to take on the characteristics of those who feel they are original or innovative climbers. I remained composed until, hearing the emphasis laid on certain words, I had an instinctive reaction and unintentionally revealed a certain knowledge of the facts. This caught the attention of those nearby who underlined their curiosity by staring at my carefully concealed arm. I turned away coolly, attracted by the scenery outside the window: a veil of mist had invaded the space, shrouding the actions of the persons, presenting me with different perspectives. Two children, caught in the act of playing around a pole with flags, were being engulfed in the fine mist, not at all worried that the colourless sky could stop their banter: they had that typical, resolute attitude of those travelling for destinations that can only be reached through imagination. Other people, moving in small groups, were continuing on
their way in a general and appropriate manner in keeping with the mountains, walking in the midst of its different contours with the intact and rational aspect of the imagination. I thought: «Unpredictability is difficult to interpret. A limit can turn into something good or the opposite, wishes into positive surges or failings. Adventures» The conference ended and applause prevailed. Nearly everyone stood up and gazes rapidly flitted here and there. Some of these intensified without looking at anyone in particular. They seemed contemplative, lone spectators affected by the contrasts that the conference had aroused in them. More than one person, myself included, ran over again the situations in which the abstract game of possibilities had entered our action, when we encountered something on our path. In such situations, maybe a combination of imagination and rationality with “invisible majorities” prevents us from seeing clearly, stirring up experiences, knowledge, mood patterns, reserves of persuasions, unawareness. In the mountains or elsewhere, when something strange or unexpected happens, intentions stop and an instantaneous immobility prevails, and the senses that normally sustain us line up with the substance of unanswered rhymes, suspended in time to look and not see, to listen and not hear, what will be, arousing a lasting envy with regard to Adventure, because one of its greatest unknowns is that, unlike us, it does not let itself be led.
Andrea Alberti _ I was born, live and work in Belluno. I am a member of the CAI of my town and also of various other associations. Since I was little I have spent a lot of time in the mountains and am passionate about many sports. In the last few years I have become more and more interested in photography and have opened a blog. I believe in the positive synergy that is created by putting photographs and words together. Look for my adventure on www.altitudini.it
SE N FOR YOU
adventures in words
FOR THE COMING YEAR, I WISH YOU THE MOUNTAINS by JMBReRe
I wish you to “sleep by high lakes”, to wake up with the smell of the burnt wood of the campfire and wash your face with the dew. I wish you to climb hard, while enjoying yourself. And “to feel the waves of heat while you hurtle down in your climbing harness hoping that the rope holds”. To settle this problem of trust as soon as you have stopped, just before shouting and just before understanding that the chain of trust has not betrayed you and that it has come back to you to give you a special moment, to give you a shot in the arm that makes you understand how fantastic it is to be alive and to be there to understand it once again. I wish you a muddy face after a lap on a mtb. I wish you to get a puncture, break the chain and curse while you look at the sprocket teeth worn away and the spokes broken by the rocky outcrops. And then to put your foot on the ground and suddenly stop while everything else keeps on going, by inertia, past you: branches, trunks, leaves, problems, illusions. To stop, then start off again, have a breather in order to rest. To gasp for breath and not give in, to react again in order to learn that picking yourself up is hard but essential. I wish you to run with storms over your head and hear thunderclaps that you feel could split open the sky. To
lower your head as if you were running under a barrage finding shelter under an idea, in the hope that the courageous are dear to the gods. Or things of the kind. Or kind of things. I wish you cold days. I wish you the pain of cold hands and the tingling as your blood flow struggles to return. I wish you powdery snow, the sort that forms a crust on the snowboard, on the skis, under the bindings, so that when you get home you find drops of water as the last tangible residue of a wonderful day. I wish you to hurry down from the woods at sunset, while the sun filters red through the branches. To lose the main road and consequently return home by finding a wild trail. I wish you to feel the branches of the forest that stretch out their long finger to caress you. To feel the comfort of being one with the environment. To lift up your head and hope. To lower your gaze and reflect. To look at yourself from without in order to face up to yourself, to look at yourself from within in order to know yourself. “Life is not made to be protected or preserved, but is made to be lived and explored.”
JMBReRe _ This blogger is not always online. He appears mostly when the undersigned goes for a run or goes climbing in the mountains. I would say that he’s another ‘ME’. I would not say that he is better or worse. Just different. Maybe a little less mediocre. Possibly more complete. Certainly freer. My blog: http://jmbrere.blogspot.it Look for my adventure on www.altitudini.it
THE RIGHT OUTDOOR FOOTWEAR
HOW TO CHOOSE IT
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SPECIALISTS ARE BEST
Sports footwear is a product with considerable technical content. A specialist shop or store is still an important point of reference. Its knowledgeable staff can help you select the right product for you from among the vast assortment.
TAKE YOUR TIME
It is important to take all the time and all the care necessary when choosing, also mulling over and talking about details that could make a huge difference. A true bargain in fact is when you have really good value (in terms of product quality) for money: if you buy on impulse you cannot understand if the quality-price ratio is correct.
CHOOSING MEANS COMPARING
Always compare different brands of footwear, taking care to look at models designed for the same type of use. It would be a mistake to compare trekking footwear with models expressly designed for a light sporting activity or town use. Choose on the basis of the actual activity you want to engage in.
OK THE SIZE IS RIGHT!
Using a sock specifically recommended for outdoor use, you get the right feeling of fit and consequently the right size. Remember that there must always be a small gap between your toes and the toecap of a trekking or climbing boot.
TAKE A FEW STEPS ON THE SPOT
Move on the spot: just a few steps and movements with the boots or shoes laced firmly onto your feet can help to understand product performance in terms of comfort, weight, stability and traction while dispelling any doubt regarding the choice of size. Go up and down a few steps if possible while in the shop.
PAY ATTENTION TO MATERIALS
Carefully study the quality of the materials: the origin and treatment of the hides, the construction of the membranes and of the insulating layers, the design and the composition of the tread are all important factors for ensuring complete safety of the product whatever the environment of use.
WHERE TO USE IT Nature, healthy life, outdoor sports. Outdoor footwear is the all-round answer whatever your passion. Choosing the most suitable footwear is essential for any type of activity to ensure a truly comfortable fit and to give your feet the right protection even after hours of use.
APPROACH / MULTITERRAIN
Sturdy, comfortable footwear for professional climbing and high-altitude trekking. Excellent grip on all types of terrain and outstanding resistance to impact and to temperature change. All models have Vibram速 crampon-compatible outsoles.
Comfortable, sturdy footwear with excellent traction on any surface. Designed to support even considerable weight on medium and long distance hikes.
The approach models are a combination of hiking and climbing shoes, suitable for the approach to rock faces and for easy rock climbs. Multi-terrain footwear provides maximum comfort when walking on slightly uneven terrain. Also recommended for free time activities and urban trekking.
Lightweight, safe footwear, ideal for medium altitude trekking. Extremely comfortable and practical, these boots are designed for use on rocky and mixed terrain whether dry or wet.
The models in the AKU mountain inspired footwear range have been conceived as everyday travelling companions. They are enhanced by top quality technical elements that ensure safety and stability in rain or on slightly uneven surfaces.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF IT
After each and every use, when the footwear is dry, remove traces of dust, mud and earth with a soft brush. Use a cloth moistened with cold water to remove stubborn dirt.. 45
Do not wash in a washing machine and do not use high-pressure water jets. Never use solvents or aggressive chemical products otherwise the leather and the plastic parts could be irreparably damaged.
Allow the footwear to dry naturally in a well-ventilated, dry place, away from direct sources of heat such as radiators, heaters or direct sunlight.
Regularly apply a conditioning cream to the leather uppers to keep them soft. Periodically use a protective spray to ensure the leather and fabrics remain water repellent.
HOW TO PREPARE THE BACKPACK
AFTER YOUR BOOTS, THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT ITEM OF A HIKE IS THE BACKPACK.
DECIDE HOW YOU WANT TO USE IT
Backpack is another word for freedom. With a backpack you can go anywhere, for a day or for several weeks. A good reason why the backpack must be comfortable and suitable for the chosen activity (trekking, day trips, climbing, ski mountaineering, etc.). It’s pointless talking about resistance to water and to tearing: nobody likes to find the contents of the backpack wet or to lose them on the way.
CHOOSE B THE SIZE
As a general rule, a backpack with capacity of less than 40 litres is suitable for day trips, a rucksack holding 40-60 litres is more appropriate for hikes or treks lasting a few days with overnight stays in a mountain refuge, while a larger rucksack can be used to carry assorted equipment for longer periods as in the case of expeditions or treks lasting a number of days.
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ASSEMBLE C THE EQUIPMENT
There is no one checklist of things that are right for everyone or for every trip. Just remember that you may have to cope with different kinds of weather or emergencies on a trip and having adequate equipment helps you tackle them more easily. That is why it is advisable to have a range of accessories with you that will be very useful at a time of need; to the side, you will find some tips on what to take with you on a day trip.
WEIGHT D LESS MEANS LESS EFFORT!
When preparing the backpack you should only select useful, indispensable items and leave anything superfluous at home. By reducing the material to take with you to the bare essentials and preparing the backpack properly, carrying the load is much easier.
MAKE SURE YOUR BACKPACK IS BALANCED PROPERLY
To walk safely and with less effort, it is indispensable for the load to be balanced on both sides as well as front - back and that the backpack does not sway with the risk of the load shifting.
The more delicate, frequently used and “emergency” objects (map, compass, sunglasses, first-aid kit) should be put in the top pocket of the backpack
The heaviest items should be put at the top closest to your spine with the weight distributed evenly and as centrally as possible.
Lighter items (equipment or clothing that could be needed quickly, food and water) should be put at the top furthest away from your spine. The weight must be spread symmetrically in relation to your spine.
4 Put the lightest items at the bottom of the backpack as well as items not needed regularly, such as spare clothes, waterproof cloak or jacket.
·MAP ·PENCIL AND NOTEPAD
·MULTI-PURPOSE POCKET KNIFE
·LIGHTER ·ELECTRIC TORCH ·WHISTLE
·FIRST-AID KIT ·FLASK ·WASTE BAGS
·CAMERA ·SUNGLASSES ·SUN CREAM
·GLOVES ·WOOL HAT ·THERMAL AND SPARE CLOTHING
·WATERPROOF JACKET ·RAIN COVER ·POLES
AKU COLLECTION 2016 TREKKING
ALPINA PLUS LTR ALPINA PLUS GTX
ALPINA AIR GTX
ALPINA AIR GTX W’S
TRANSALPINA GTX W’S
TRIBUTE II GTX TRIBUTE II LTR
TRIBUTE II GTX W’S TRIBUTE II LTR W’S
SUPERALP NBK HI GTX
SUPERALP NBK GTX SUPERALP NBK LTR
SUPERALP GTX W’S
UTAH TOP GTX
BACKPACKING CONERO NBK GTX
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ERERA GTX W’S
WINTER TRACK GTX
ZENITH II GTX
TREKKER LITE II GTX
TREKKER LITE II GTX W’S
SLOPE GTX ANNIVERSARY
SLOPE LTR GTX
SUPERALP NBK GTX
SLOPE GALAXY GTX
ULTRA LIGHT GALAXY GTX
ULTRA LIGHT MICRO GTX
ULTRA LIGHT GTX
APPROACH / MULTITERRAIN
MIO SURROUND GTX
MIO GTX / MIO
MIA GTX W’S / MIA W’S
GEA GTX W’S
GEA LOW GTX W’S
ROCK II GTX
AKU COLLECTION 2016 APPROACH / MULTITERRAIN
ARRIBA II GTX
ARRIBA II GTX W’S
ARRIBA MID II GTX
KS SCHWER 14 GTX N
WINTER SLOPE MAX HI GTX
WINTER SLOPE MAX GTX
WINTER SLOPE PLUS GTX
JAGER EVO HIGH GTX
JAGER EVO LOW GTX
GRIZZLY WIDE GTX
SILVA HI GTX
CUZA LOW GTX
PILGRIM HL GTX
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NEMES MID PLUS
NEMES FG MID GTX
NEMES SUEDE GTX
BELLAMONT FG MID GTX
VITALPINA II GTX
NEMES FG GTX
BELLAMONT MID PLUS
BELLAMONT FG GTX
SLOPE SOFT GTX
NEMES SUEDE MID GTX
BELLAMONT SUEDE GTX
FEDA FG GTX
TABIÀ II HI GTX
BELLAMONT PLUS AIR
TABIÀ II MID GTX
NEMES SUEDE GTX
NEMES SUEDE MID
SILVA LOW GTX
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CHROME AND HEAVY METAL FREE