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  • Jun
    28
    2018
    Climate change from the roof of the world

    We have completed the first part of the expedition and are back in Kathmandu and need to know if the Chinese Consulate is going to issue us with a visa to enter Tibet. We have an appointment at the Consulate the morning after our arrival and are received by the Consul himself. The meeting turns

  • Jun
    04
    2018
    Descent to the Jannu, an enormous transformation of the landscape

    After the high-altitude exertions of the previous day we decided to set the alarm clock at a reasonable time and got up at 7am. I emerged from my sleeping bag and shook off the frost that my condensed breath had formed and switched on the light of my tiny tent. Before me lay the peaks

  • May
    31
    2018
    The geology of the Kangchenjunga area

    (Italiano) Lungo i corsi d’acqua che incontriamo risalendo la valle del fiume Ghunsa Khola si osservano i tipi di rocce provenienti dalle aree più a monte, e quelle più rappresentate sono quelle metamorfiche, infatti siamo nella zona che i geologi chiamano “The Higher Himalaya” (nella quale sono comprese le più alte cime della terra) costituita da rocce di questo tipo e in misura minore da graniti (rocce ignee).

  • May
    16
    2018
    Kangchejunga, the world’s third highest mountain.

    The expedition moves on at a rapid pace. Over the past couple of days we have climbed up the Ghunsa river valley towards the base camp of the world’s third highest mountain, Kangchenjunga. The Himalayan mountain landscapes that surround us are simply breathtaking and the sense of awe they provoke has helped us cope with

  • May
    02
    2018
    In the Nepalese jungle

    After making some last-minute purchases in Kathmandu’s legendary Pilgrim Bookstore we took a scheduled flight to Badrapur, a small town in western Nepal where our guide, Prem, was expecting us.

  • Apr
    22
    2018
    Finally flying to Himalaya

    We finally left Rome Airport on a flight bound for New Delhi on April 20th. We checked in more than 250Kg of baggage, including photographic and scientific equipment and other material required for a long expedition. We made sure there was enough space for three litres of top quality olive oil, a good supply of

  • Jan
    24
    2018
    Again in London

    It is very exciting this research work … but also very difficult and complicated to recognize the geographical places in an area as vast as the Everest area, the highest mountain in the world. I have to cross a huge amount of data, from the historical photographs I have to recognize the glaciers, valleys, mountain

  • Dec
    05
    2017
    The iconographic research continues

    Back from London, my journey for iconographic research and new partnerships for the next expedition “On the trail of the glaciers – Himalaya 2018” continues in northern Italy. Bergamo, Milan and then Parma to meet the journalist Marcello Rossi who will participate in the expedition. Yesterday hectic but very profitable day. In Turin I met

  • Nov
    30
    2017
    Tired but happy!

    I spent two whole days selecting the 1657 photographic prints of George Mallory’s expeditions at Everest in 1921 and 1922 at the Royal Geographical Society, I interpreted as many captions, recognized the mountains and glaciers portrayed in photos on historical maps, comparing them to satellite images of Google Earth … a long, meticulous, tiring and

  • Nov
    29
    2017
    Mythical photographs at the Royal Geographical Society of London

    Today I have seen mythical photographs that have made not only the history of mountaineering but also exploration and geography. I began the long work of selection and geographical recognition of the huge archive produced by the British expeditions to Everest. I will never take 3 days, I have to study and select over 15,000

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