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IMS – the platform of alpinism in the middle of the Dolomites

Dear Ladies and Gentleman, yesterday, 4 November 2010, the IMS Congress was concerned with the Dolomites which gained the UNESCO world heritage status in 2009.
IMS – the platform of alpinism in the middle of the Dolomites

Against this background, experts discussed the consequences of this “coronation” for the region, its inhabitants and its strategy for tourism. Special thanks are due to Christope Engl, Director of the South Tyrol Marketing Company (SMG) and Michl Laimer and his Regional Department for Area Planning, Environment and Energy who organized yesterday’s congress. Among the experts speaking at the convention were Beat Ruppen, Member of the Swiss UNESCO Committee and Andreas Bass, CEO of the Rhaetian Railway World Heritage Management Board, Engelbert Ruoss, Director of the UNESCO Venice Office who presented the distinctive features of their respective regions. The anthropologist Annibale Salsa and the geologist Piero Gianolla addressed the scientific aspects of the UNESCO candidacy. The speakers all agreed on the significance of the world heritage. The public’s awareness for the quality of its own values has been strengthened.

Open the eyes of the seeing at the IMS Walk with Andy Holzer

At the IMS, mountain enthusiasts had another chance to enjoy a hike with top alpinist around Brixen. Denis Urubko, Simone Moro and Krzysztof Wieliecki took their group of hobby mountaineers up to Rossalm Peak. The second group had a very special experience: their mountain guide, the blind alpinist Andy Holzer, showed the groups of hikers is unique view on moutnaineering. Together with Nives Meroi and Silvio Mondinelli, the third group climbed up to Sattelalm Peak.

Exciting talks took the IMS audience on journey in breath-taking altitudes. Krzysztof Wielicki from Poland is known for his winter expeditions. He guides his guests through the Himalaya and the most extreme conditions prevailing in winter expeditions. Andy Holzer would like to open the eyes of the seeing. With his spectacular presentation, he shows that a physical disability does not necessarily result in a loss in quality of life. Finally, Steve House who Reinhold Messner considers one of the world’s best extreme mountaineers, narrated about his severe accident and the subsequent recovery process which made him view his life from a different perspective and reflect on the significance of his achievements.

IMS Congress Women and Mountaineering

One of this year’s highlights will be the IMS Congress on Saturday, which will be devoted to the role of women in mountaineering. This event will deal with the attitudes of women who dedicate their lives to the world of mountains. Was stimulates and motivates them? How do they perceive their own role in a world of alpinism dominated by men? The Korean alpinist Oh Eun Sun was the first woman to climb all 14 eight-thousanders. The second woman to achieve this, Edurne Pasaban, had to cancel her trip to Brixen due to personal reasons. Three other ladies will be among the participants of Saturday’s panel discussion: Billi Bierling, the assistant of the unofficial chronicler and referee of all Himalaya expeditions since 1960, Miss Hawley, journalist and writer Eva Maria Bachinger, who recently published a book about female mountaineering and, Ingrid Runggaldier, an expert in the historical context of female alpinism.

IMS Boulder Cup 10

At the finals of the IMS Cup 10 at the in the handball hall in Brixen , the “Boulder Festival by Alpenverein Südtirol” will host the world elite of bouldering. Last year’s champion, Alexandra Ladurner from Meran, will also present this year. Among others, her competitors will be the world champion Anna Stöhr (AT), Juliane Wurm (DE) und shooting stars like Alex Puccio und Alex Johnson from the US. At the men’s, the group of participants is very strong too: Participants like Guillaume Glairon Mondet , Kilian Fischhuber, Paul Robinson, and Nalle Hukkataival as well as the South Tyrolian Rudi Moroder will guarantee excitement und bouldering of the highest level.

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