Mountaineering Photo-Tour Castore peak 4226m

The Castore is an easy peak in normal weather conditions, the long final ridge is a balcony on all the peaks of the Monte Rosa massif. The central position of this peak allows you to look the Cervino, Mont Blanc, Gran Paradiso, Gran Combin, Bernese Alps.

We recommend a minimum of acclimatization at intermediate altitudes before doing the workshop, it is a two-stage climb, a first-day excursion and a high-altitude one the second.

Monte Rosa – Gressoney

  • When: 10-11 august 2019

  • Duration: Two days with accomodation in mountain hut over 3500m

  • Photo level: High

  • Mountaineering level: medium

  • Mountaineering: F+

Day by Day:

Day 1:
Meeting at 9.30 am at the cable car square in Staffal short briefing. Ascent to Colle Bettaforca 2800m and beginning of the hiking ascent, we will stop at the most interesting points, the first part of the course includes digital / film exposure techniques, tricks in the high mountains, composition, choice of objectives, use of flash in fill-in . The climb offers very wide views, the flora that we will encounter along the way is the one that first colonizes the areas left by glaciers such as the Linarea alpina and the lichens. Arrival at the Quintino Sella refuge 3585m, accommodation, briefing, tricks on how to prepare the backpack, photograph of the glacial moraine and sunset. After-dinner photography at night. Uphill elevation: 1400 m Journey time: 4/4: 30h (times are very cautious with breaks but do not include photographic breaks) Difficulty: EE

Day 2:
Departure early in the morning, before the sun rise, the ropes along the glacier will create interesting light patterns, once ready we will travel the glacier to the Felik hill from where we will be able to photograph the sunrise with a view of the Lyskamm and the Felik glacier, the summit of the Castor and its crest. Attend photographically, you will be advised, tricks, how to exhibit and compose, filters and camera settings so as not to miss the spectacle of the twilight at high altitudes. Once the sun has risen we will continue the climb dedicating ourselves to mountaineering reportage, tricks to photograph on the ridge / summit safely without losing creative perspectives. Return by the ascent route. Both the descent and the ascent include breaks to photograph which will be chosen by the photographer / guide at the most interesting moments and places. Return to the Q.Sella refuge, de-briefing, rest break, return to Gressoney per evening Departure altitude: 3585 m Ref Q.Sella Arrival altitude: 4221 m Height difference: 636 m uphill and downhill + descent from the hut with another 649 m ) Times: 4h for the climb (considering photographic breaks) Difficulty: F + (mountaineering).

Focus of workshop:

  • Mountaineering reportage

  • Sunset and sunrise photography

MIRKO SOTGIU

Professional photographer specialized in mountain environments. Mountaineer and journalist filmmaker, he has worked with the major travel and mountain magazines since 1997. He has expeditions, documentaries and books on biodiversity and nature. He deals with outdoor photography. site: www.alpinfoto.it

Requirements:

Expert hiking ability, altitude training (3000m). Minimum glacier experience. High mountain clothing, gaiters, crampons (we can supply them in the altitude), sleeping bag for shelter, UV protection glasses, sun cream (high gradation). Precautions: Unlike the Alta Quota workshop in Vallee Blanche, this course provides a good experience hiking and minimal climbing, despite the assistance of the guide it is necessary to have training given the particular difference in height on the first day and the altitude of the second. Days before the course via skype a briefing on how to prepare the backpack / weights, choice of photographic equipment, clothing.

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Reservations and participation fee :

320€

 

It’s possible to book directly from the site or write to [email protected]
Infos call Tel +39 328-9275353

  • Assistance from a professional photographerNikon NPS
  • Alpine Guide Assistance – Luca Macchetto – IUAGM
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  • Cable car A / R Staffal
  • Overnight at the refuge, half board (no drinks)
  • Possible rental of harness, crampons, rope, ax and mountaineering equipment


  • Transfers to and from the meeting place.
  • Drinks and packed lunch.
  • Photographic equipment, mountain clothing
  • Possible extra nights or return by jeep due to weather / safety changes.
  • Anything not mentioned in “the price includes”

It’s possible to book directly from the site or write to [email protected]
Infos call Tel +39 328-9275353

 

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