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Presentation of the ‘Italian routes – montagne senza confini’ project in Sofia
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Presentation of the ‘Italian routes – montagne senza confini’ project in Sofia

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On 28 February, the Italian Cultural Institute of Sofia is hosting an evening presenting of the project ‘Italian routes – montagne senza confini’ (Italian Routes – Mountains Without Borders) in collaboration with the Italian mountaineering group ‘Ragni di Lecco’.

The exhibition tells the story of the opening of a new crag fitted out for climbing, located among the most beautiful cliffs in the Lakatnik area in Bulgaria.

Starting from the 16 October, for about 10 days, the “Ragni”, Simone Pedeferri, Maurizio Tasca, Giovanni Ongaro, Paolo Marazzi and Serafino Ripamonti, climbed across the Bulgarian cliffs to bolt 40 new sport climbing routes, together with a select group of local climbers.

The new climbing zone created on the cliffs of Lakatnik is located on the long rocky stretch of the area known as Vodenitsata, or “Il Mulino” which now offers a range of perfectly equipped routes that will satisfy the needs of both less and more experienced climbers.

The Ragni di Lecco are one of the most prestigious mountaineering groups on the international scene, with a history of over 70 years behind them. Their symbol – the red sweater with the seven-legged spider logo – has made its way to the peaks of the world’s most beautiful and difficult mountains, from the Himalayas to Patagonia.

The project aims to strengthen the friendship between Italian and Bulgarian mountaineers and to spread awareness of our country’s culture and its deeply rooted mountaineering tradition abroad.

The completion of the bolting work on the Lakatnik cliffs is just the first step in the development of the ‘Italian routes – Montagne senza confini’ project, which seeks to share the knowledge and experience of mountaineering (as of 2019 an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity) and promoting a respectful attitude towards one of the most fragile environments on the planet.

On the occasion of the presentation evening, the project’s film, entitled: ‘Italian routes – montagne senza confini’ by Michele Caminati, and other documentaries on the exploits of the “Ragni di Lecco”, in Italian with Bulgarian subtitles.

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