Showing posts with label Italy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Italy. Show all posts

Video: Enduring the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc Trail Run

The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc is considered one of the toughest trail running events in the entire world, drawing hundreds of competitors from across the globe on an annual basis. In this fantastic short documentary we get an inside look at that race courtesy of our friends at Columbia Sportswear and Teton Gravity Research. As with most long-distance endurance events, the race is a blend of agony and joy, with runners pushing themselves to their absolute physical limits over the course of the 103-mile (165 km) route. Along the way they pass through three different countries – France, Italy and Switzerland – as they take on some of the toughest and most beautiful terrain the Europe has to offer. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Nat Geo Gives Us the World's Best Via Ferrata Hikes

We've all seen videos purporting to be of the "world's most dangerous hike." More often then not, those clips usually show us a terrifying via ferrata – or "iron way" – which has been built onto the side of a mountain somewhere, often in some state of disrepair. But most via ferratas are completely safe and offer unique experiences to hikers looking to visit some beautiful destinations. These paths usually find their way up climbing routes, where fixed ladders, cables, chains, suspension bridges, and other manmade structures offer access to a place that would otherwise be unreachable by all but the best rock climbers. They can be thrilling, exhilarating hikes to say the least, and aren't often for the faint of heart.

Now, National Geographic has compiled its own list of the 10 best via ferrata routes in the world, with locations such as the Italian Dolomites, the Canyon Des Étroits in France, and Catalonia, Spain all represented. Each is accompanied by an equally impressive photo and description of what makes these places so special as well.

Having done a few via ferratas in my travels, I can attest to how they are both scary and exhilarating. Of the few that I've done – none of which are on this list – they have all been more physically challenging that a traditional hike, but had amazing payoffs in the way of outstanding views and a sense of a rewarding accomplishment at the end. That makes them completely unique from any other more traditional hike I've ever done.

If you've always wanted to try a via ferrata for yourself, give this list a look. These are some of the very best in the entire world. I know I want to give several of these a go now.

Video: The Matterhorn in Timelapse

Recently, Red Bull TV launched a new web series called The Horn that follows a team of aerial search and rescue first responders in the Alps that operate near and on the Matterhorn, one of the most iconic mountains in the world. In preparation for that series, filmmaker Andrew Geraci shot a tremendous amount of timelapse footage of the mountain. Some of his best shots have been compiled into this 3+ minute long clip that gives us a beautiful view of this spectacular alpine setting. This is the Matterhorn like you've never seen it before. Sit back, soak it all in, and enjoy.

30 Epic Timelapses of the Matterhorn in 4k | Red Bull TV's The Horn from Red Bull on Vimeo.

Video: Wingsuits Over the Dolomites

We all know that Italy's Dolomite Mountains are a spectacular playground for climbers and hikers, but it turns out they're pretty fantastic for wingsuiting too. As you'll see in this short video, the landscapes make for a pretty dramatic backdrop for some of the best arial footage imaginable. With Chamonix putting an end to wingsuit flights in the area – at least for now – the Dolomites could become the next big destination for BASE jumpers and wingsuiters, and this clip will tell you why.

Video: Moments in the Italian Dolomites

This video takes us to the Italian Dolomites with professional photographer Gürel Sahin as he captures some of the beautiful landscapes that exist in that place. Over the course of the clip, he shares with us his love for nature and passion for photography, two things that come together to create lasting memories of the places he visits in his journeys. Those are the moments that stay with us for the rest of our lives, and are captured in the images that he takes. He finds plenty of them in these mountains.

MOMENTS with Gürel Sahin - Dolomites, Italy from Palatina Media Group on Vimeo.

Video: A Highliner Talks About Fear While Suspended 2800 Meters Up

This short, but beautiful video, takes us up to 2800 meters (9186 ft) as we join highliner Hayley Ashbury as she walks a thin rope across two spires on Torri del Vajolet, a peak located in the Italian Dolomites. While doing so, Hayley shares a quote from the book Dune by Frank Herbert about controlling her fear, something that seems very fitting considering where she is at in the clip. This is 90 seconds of pure terror wrapped up in an incredibly well shot video.

Highlining 2800m in winter.'Hayley'- 90 seconds about fear. (Dir. Stian Smestad Music by Nils Frahm) from Stian Smestad on Vimeo.

Video: Italy From Above

Take a scenic journey across Italy with this video, which gives us a fantastic view of the Italian countryside as shot from a drone. The video is the latest in the GoPro Awards, in which the camera maker gives cash prizes to the best short films created using their gear. In this case, those cameras managing to capture some enchanting shots of one of the most beautiful countries on Earth.

Video: It's Time to Play Outside (In the Italian Dolomites)

When we get caught up in the mundane grind of our daily lives we sometimes need a reminder how important it is to get outside and play, something that is good for our bodies, spirits, and minds. This video not only points out just how important it is to go outdoors, but it uses the Italian Dolomites as an example of the playgrounds that are waiting for us. There aren't many places on Earth that can compete with that. Watch the clip, then go outside to play.

Dolomiti Paganella, Time to Play Outside from StoryTravelers on Vimeo.

Video: Winter in the Dolomites

The Italian Dolomites are one of the most beautiful places in all of Europe, if not the world. This video confirms that, providing almost three minutes of fantastic timelapse imagery from this fantastic setting, which is where many great Italian climbers have cut their teeth over the years. If you want to know just how magical of a place the Dolomites are, just sit back and enjoy this short clip. It is definitely worth the time.

WINTER | DOLOMITES 4K TIMELAPSE from Martin Heck | Timestorm Films on Vimeo.

Video: Wingsuit Flight Down an Italian Mountainside

In this beautiful wingsuit video, pilots Uli Emanuele and Dario Zanon make an amazing flight from a mountain top above Lake Garda, approaching their launch site by first hiking through a cave. Their helmet cams capture some fantastic footage as they fall back to Earth, with the final challenge being a tricky landing on a small shoreline along the lake itself. Pretty impressive stuff all around.

Nat Geo has 10 Trips for Spring 2016 We Shouldn't Miss

Now that spring is officially here, it is time to head outside, enjoy the warm weather, and start thinking about some adventurous escapes. Thankfully, National Geographic is here to help, as the writers at Nat Geo Travel have compiled 10 great trips for the spring.

As usual with any list like this one, NG provides plenty of information on not just where to go, but when and why as well. Each entry in the list includes suggestions on where to stay, what to eat, and the things you absolutely should not miss while you're there. These helpful tidbits will make it easier in planning your escape, and give you an idea of what to expect when you arrive.

So where exactly should we be headed this spring? I won't give away the entire list, but I will share a couple of suggestions from the National Geographic staff. They include Sicily, Italy for the UNESCO World Heritage sites; the Falkland Islands for the amazing wildlife; and San Sebastián, Spain for the excellent food. They also give a nod to Great Basin National Park in Nevada, and the Futaleufú River in Patagonia, Chile for some of the world's best white water rafting.

One of the best parts about the arrival of spring is that it represents new possibilities for the year ahead. These suggestions from National Geographic are just that – new possibilities for travel. There are plenty of other great places to choose from as well, and hopefully you are already thinking about where you would like to go next. I know I am!

Video: Running the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc with the Nike Elite Trail Team

The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc is one of the most well known and challenging endurance races in the world. It takes place each summer in the Alps, with several route options available. In 2015, a team of Nike Elite Trail runners traveled to Europe to take part in the CCC (Chamonix-Courmayeur-Champex) a 101 km (63 mile) race that starts in Courmayeur, Italy and finishes in Chamonix, France. This race has over 20,000 ft of positive elevation gain, and challenges competitors with unpredictable weather and tough trail conditions too. This short documentary video takes us along for the ride at this epic event, giving us a glimpse of what this amazing race is all about, and what it takes to finish it.

Video: Paragliding Through the Italian Dolomites

We've seen some amazing videos from the Dolomites in Northern Italy, but we've never seen those famous mountains from this perspective before. This video was shot on a 50 km (31 mile) flight in a paraglider that soared high above the iconic jagged peaks that are a trademark of the region. This four-and-a-half-minute clip will give us a look at these mountains that most of us will never see, and it is well worth the trip. Enjoy!

Amazing day in the Dolomites from Robi on Vimeo.

Join an Epic Mountain Bike Race in Italy this Summer

Are you looking for a good challenge to keep you motivated in 2016? Like to ride mountain bikes? Then check out the new Romagna Bike Trail race that's coming to Italy in August. In its inaugural year it already appears to be shaping up to be quite the event.

Located in the northern region of Italy, Romagna is rich in history and culture. It is known for its diverse terrain that ranges from flat, wide-open spaces, to rolling hills, and steep mountains that I'm told don't rival the Dolomites, but will test the legs nonetheless. In modern times, Romagna is also renowned for its excellent food and wine too. In other words, it is a perfect place for a bike race.

The Romagna Bike Trail event is scheduled to begin on August 27 with participants setting out from the Piazza del Popolo in Ravenna, the most historically prominent city in the region. The course will cover more than 600 km (372 miles) with the route featuring everything from paved tracks, dirt roads, and mountain single track, with just about everything in between. Race organizers say it will also feature more than 12,000 meters (39,370 ft) of vertical gain, just in case you didn't think there would be any climbing involved.

Once the race is underway, participants will have to be complete sell-supported out on the course. The event will run non-stop, so much like in adventure racing it'll be up to them when they decide to stop for a rest or press on. They'll also have to be able to deal with any mechanical issues that might arise as well, particularly since the trail will take them into remote areas.

Speaking of that trail, the route for the race is still being designed at this time. The entire 600 km path will eventually feature a series of interconnected roads and bike trails that will take participants across the entire Romagna region. Approximately a month before the race begins each of the racers will receive a GPS file in the GPX format that will provide them with the exact course details. They can then use that data to help them navigate their way through the race.

You can find out more about this event on the race's official website. It is mostly in Italian however, so if you don't speak the language be prepared to use Google Translate.

This looks like it'll be quite an interesting event, and who wouldn't want to take part in a bike race in cycling-mad Italy?

Video: Drifting Through the Italian Alps

Take a relaxing and scenic trip through the central Italian Alps with this timelapse video. Over the course of the three-minute clip you'll get a chance to witness some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in all of Europe as we watch the clouds lazily drift by overhead. If you've ever wondered why there have been so many great Italian climbers and mountaineers over the years, take a look at the amazing playground they have at their disposal and you'll understand why. Beautiful stuff.

Heights 4K from Riccardo Mojana on Vimeo.

Video: The Dolomites and Alps in Timelapse

The Dolomites and Italian Alps make up some of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Europe. We're reminded of that in this video, which uses timelapse photography to dramatic effect. Clouds roll across rocky ridges and the sun drifts towards the horizon as we watch from various vantage points found in those iconic mountains. This is a peaceful look at a part of the world that is stunningly beautiful.

TIMEDRIFT II from Martin Heck | Timestorm Films on Vimeo.

Video: Paragliding Through the Dolomites

The Italian Dolomites are some of the most spectacular mountains on the planet, and what better way to explore them than through the air on a paraglider? In this video we go high up with a group of gliders who give us a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. While I'd personally prefer o be hiking or climbing in this environment, it is hard to deny how beautiful it looks from the air.

Follow Me - Dolomites from Cloudbase Productions on Vimeo.

Video: Riding the Liguria Mountain Divide Race in Italy

This short video is the latest from our friends over at Teton Gravity Research. It takes us to Italy where we follow endurance mountain biker Jay Petervary as he attempts to ride the Liguria Mountain Divide Race, a grueling competition that features a 311-mile course with more than 55,000 feet (16,764 meters) of vertical gain. Most riders take nine days to finish, but Jay did it in 4 days, 12 hours. Check it out for yourself and get a taste of what this event is all about.

Video: Running the Red Bull K3 Mountain Race

The Red Bull K3 Mountain Race is a grueling event held on Rocciamelone, a mountain located in northwest Italy near the town of Turin. Participants start the race at an altitude of about 500 meters (1640 ft) and must run up a mountain route that covers 10 km (6.2 miles) and features 3030 meters (9941 ft) of vertical gain. Yep, you read that right. Runners must cover more than 3000 meters on their way to the summit, in what looks to be incredibly tough terrain.

The video below was shot at the 2015 version of the event, which took place on the 8th of August. As you'll see, this is a sufferfest of monumental proportions, pushing athletes to their absolute limits. It is not a race to be taken lightly for sure, but it looks like quite the experience to say the least.

Video: Get Out and Live Your Life!

This video begins like many of our daily lives begin. The main character drags himself out of bed to head into work, even though he is clearly reluctant to go – something we are all probably familiar with at times. But just as it looks like his day is about to be ruined, he is transported to the Italian Dolomites to go mountain biking instead. The clip features some great shots of the mountains, while our intrepid hero rides impressive trails that look like they would be a lot of fun. The message here is to get out and live your life. Find some adventure wherever you can, and don't always get caught up in the drudgery. You'll find it is more fulfilling that way.