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Topic - TV Series about mountain rescue on the Dolomites

Luca Signorelli - on 05 May 2013
DMAX Italy has shown a 6 episodes series (dramatically called "Mountain Heroes" :) ) about the daily working of the Aiut Alpin Dolomites, the mountain rescue organization covering the Eastern Dolomites centered around the so called "Ladin" valleys (Val Gardena, Val Badia, Ampezzo etc, so covering the big places like Civetta, San Martino or LAvaredo).

The format was interesting because the rescue were not scripted, but real, as only limit agreed with the AAD was not to show anything involving fatalities, and the episodes included un rescue plus one mission of routine work on the Alps like mountain anti-avalanche obstacles or refurnishing huts. They do a bit of medical rescue too.

It's in Italian but rather easy to follow, and the images are stunning. And it shows how busy and tragicomic the mountain rescue activity is - in episode 5 they circle Civetta for two hours following the (wrong) indications of a tourist who first saw an emergency that weren't there, and then he saw it on the wrong place. In episode 6 there's the rescue of a young lad suffering from fear of heights whose uncle had the bright idea to take him climbing on the Cima 12 at Lavaredo.

http://www.dmax.it/video/programmi/mountain-heroes/stagioni/1/
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