The mountaineer Nives Meroi, is one of the few women in the world to have climbed the K2 and many of the Himalayan eight-thousands. She guides Marco Albino Ferrari, journalist and writer to the discovery of the “Cengia degli Dei” a mountaineering itinerary, which in an almost uninterrupted sequence of ledges, encircles the whole Jôf Fuart range at an almost constant height. This demanding itinerary is over 5 kilometres long and unwinds through a wild environment in the heart of Alpi Giulie. The “Via Eterna” (the eternal route): this is how Giulio Kugy, writer and mountaineer, used to call it: between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century he was the first person to have foreseen the existence of this “magic ring”, a timeless route. The “Cengia degli Dei” becomes the “magic” place where Nives and Marco, away from everything and everyone, think about mountaineering: the conquest of the first high summits and today’s great enterprises. The ledge seems to lead the roped party in an anticlockwise journey, back in time to a different world, from where it does not want to descend but to continue on and on, as if the route never ended. And Kugy’s words will link past and present sensations.
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.