MONTANAIA SOGNO DI PIETRA
Italy / 2002 / 36'
Some alpinists tell the story of Campanile di Val Montanaia, one hundred years after the first ascent to the summit on 17 September 1902 by two Austrian climbers V.W.Glanvell and K.G.Von Saar. From the time it was discovered, in the late 1800s, to the first attempt by Cozzi and Zanutti on the South face, to the conquest of the peak and the period in which a more direct ascent was sought and finally the first ascent of the East face, in 1955, by P.Cetin and S. Dalla Porta Xydias. Among them there is also the alpinist and sculptor Mauro Corona who ended the story of climbing Campanile with his new ascents, raising the limit of difficulty to the maximum level. Solitary, in the midst of the mountain wilderness surrounding it, Campanile still guards a secret after a hundred years: to reveal the access to another dimension through the magic of climbing on its walls.
Born in Trieste in 1960, Giorgio Gregorio graduated in Arts from the University of Trieste. He has been a professional journalist since 1992. Since 1985 he has worked at the Television Production Centre of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region. He has taken the photography for and edited more than twenty documentaries on the region’s social and political situation, its culture, history, environment and nature, specialising in Alpine nature and environment; he has also made a range of mountaineering films. He is a CAI National Mountaineering Instructor.