The 2019 Mezzalama ski-mountaineering marathon postponed to Sunday, April 28

The 2019 Mezzalama Trophy has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions. The legendary ski mountaineering competition on Monte Rosa will now take place on Sunday April 28.

The Mezzalama Trophy has been postponed for 24 hours due to bad weather on Monte Rosa, which is expected to last until Friday. Initially scheduled for Saturday April 27, the 22nd edition of the legendary “white marathon” will now take place on Sunday April 28. It is the same fantastic route through the glaciers of the Aosta Valley, from Breuil-Cervinia to Gressoney-la-Trinité, climbing three mountains over four thousand meters above sea level: Castor, Lyskamm, and this time too Entdeckungsfels on the ‘Colle del Lys’.

The announcement was made by Technical Director Adriano Favre, a mountain guide who, since 1997, has been responsible for the highest and most coveted ski mountaineering competition in the world. “This morning” (yesterday, Editor’s note) explained Favre “I examined the weather maps with the help of professionals from the Italian Meteorological Society. With an improvement expected from Friday afternoon, Mezzalama can only take place on Sunday 28. The break in the bad weather that we anticipate for Saturday will make it possible to secure the parts of the course which are at altitude, especially in the steepest sections. Castor and Naso del Lyskamm. About a hundred mountain guides and volunteers were mobilized to do this work. The same people who will be dispatched to the checkpoints on Sunday morning, waiting for the nearly 300 three-man rope teams from different 18 countries. “

New in 2019: three 4000 instead of two

The Mezzalama Trophy, the last race of the season on the La Grande Course ski mountaineering circuit, will start from the center of Breuil-Cervinia and end in Gressoney-La-Trinité. The historic race, organized for the first time in 1933, is the only one in the world to take place on glaciers; it crosses two 4000, the Castor peak (4226 m) and the Naso del Lyskamm pass. “This year” explained Favre “the course will pass just above the summit of the Naso (4275 m), which is even higher than the Castor. But the real novelty of the 2019 edition will be a third summit of 4000m. Instead of starting the descent towards Gressoney Immediately after crossing the Naso, from an altitude of 3900m, the athletes will ski up to the Col de Lys up to the Roccia della Scoperta-Rocher de la Découverte (4177 m). As in the 1978 edition of the Mezzalama , we want to commemorate the feat of seven mountaineers from Gressoney who first reached this rocky outcrop emerging from the glaciers between the Aosta Valley and the canton of Valais in 1778. It was a European-level expedition which took place eight years before the conquest of Mont Blanc. seven pioneers of Gressoney, commemorated by an imposing monument in Gressoney-Saint-Jean, were thus both the first to embark on the exploration of the Mont Rose massif and the forerunners of mountaineering itself.

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