Volcanic Seven Summits, Bottom Up!

It’s time to grow and think big.

We are proud to announce the first long term Bottom Up Climb project:

The Volcanic Seven Summits.

The idea is to climb the highest volcanic summit of each continent from the lowest point of the country  where the summit is found.

Some are relatively easy, some look kind of hard. Anyway, we are not in a hurry, the real goal is the journey.

Below you find our list, and, for some of them, a tentative date of ascent.

Africa

Kilimanjaro, 5895 m, Summer 2015

Australia (or Oceania)

Mount Giluwe, 4367 m.

Europe

Elbrus, 5642 m

Asia

Damavand, 5671 m, Summer 2014

South America

Ojos del Salado, 6893 m

North America

Pico de Orizaba, 5636 m

Antarctica

Mount Sidley, 4285 m

The map of the Volcanic Seven Summits is provided by Freeworldmaps.net.

Bottom Up Iran

Mount Davamand, 5671 m, is the highest Volcano in Asia and the highest summit in Iran and the first of our Volcanic Seven Summits.

Done! We reached the summit on July 16! Read a brief report

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It has been an amazing adventure, full of emotions.

Read our open letter to our new friends, and to everyone else and live our emotions with us: watch the Bottom Up Iran official video!

And check again our technical partner, V-Attitude, an Italian company which produces  high quality technical wear.

V-Attitude

 

Check out also the website of the Damavand Club in Iran, the most ancient alpine club in the country and our great supporter in July 2014.

As in the already classic Bottom Up Climbs style, we cycled from the lowest point of the country, the shore of the Caspian Sea in Mahmud Abad, 28 m below the sea level, to the Damavand base camp in Goosfandsara at around 3000 m.

From there, in two days, we reached the summit along the normal route on the South face of the mountain.

We have received an incredible support from local people, some of them will joined us cycling and some joined us climbing Davamand.

Below the route of the cycling leg.

Bottom Up Europe [UPDATE!]

After the successful Bottom Up Switzerland, for the summer 2014 we wanted to aim higher…

Bottom Up Europe, from the shores of the Caspian Sea (30 m below the sea level), to the top of Mount Elbrus (5,642 m), cycling, hiking and skiing (if the snow won’t have all melted already), all in Russian territory.

Unfortunately the political instabilities in the area suggested us to postpone the project.

In summer 2014, we have decided to start a new project, and also to plan longer and aim even higher

 

Photo and map from Elbrus World Race and Go Elbrus.

 

route REDUCED

Sardinia

One of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean Sea, 3000 years of history, home to one of the most ancient civilisations of the whole Mediterranean area, sandy beaches and rocky shores, canyons and mountains where only a few know that you can even ski in winter!

On August 23, Alessio, Paolo and Adrian cycled and hiked from the sea, near Orosei, to the highest peak of the island, Punta La Marmora, 1,834 m above sea level, in the Gennargentu range, and back to Orosei.

The climb wasn’t as smooth as expected.

They left early in the morning at 5.15. Adrian had a few mechanical problems which slowed down the group significantly. They were able to find a bike mechanics in Nuoro but that costed them about two hours all together.

The delay forced the group to cycle during the hottest hours, something they had tried to avoid with the early start, and after having successfully reached the summit,  they got surprised by a violent thunderstorm.

They made their way back home safe only at twilight.

Bottom Up Switzerland. She made it!

On Thursday, July 30, Anne-Marie completed her 5 days run from the bottom to the top of Switzerland. 

She wrote a detailed report in German on her blog. The English version is now on line on Bottom Up Climbs.

Here you can have a look at some pictures.

A film crew was with Anne for the whole duration of her run, we are all looking forward to seeing the result of their amazing work! In the meanwhile, read the story from their viewpoint here.

Click here for general information about Anne’s journey.

Here below you can read some short comments she sent almost live.

Tuesday, July 30

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They made it!

Anne and Cristian reached the top of the Dufourspitze today around 12. The conditions were made hard by the storm which blocked them yesterday: a lot of new snow on the route, ice on the fixed ropes in the final couloir.

They are now safe in the Monterosahütte and enthusiastic for the success of the climb.

More details soon!

Monday, July 29

As expected, massive thunderstorm, heavy rainfall and some snow today at the Monterosahütte. Day spent resting, waiting and for some team building, now that all the members of the summit team have reached the hut.

 

Sunday, July 28

After a tough 8-hour hike, Anne and the camera team have reached the Monterosahütte, just before a front rolled in bringing clouds, rain and snow.

Saturday, July 27

Anne is in Zermatt, taking some rest before the big final climb. The weather forecasts for Monday are really bad, so the summit has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 30. Stay tuned!

Arrived in Zermatt after 67 km, some altitude of 1500 m and 7h45.. It was a great day with some little crisis between Visp and St. Nikolaus, but when I finally saw the Matterhorn every pain was gone… Now eating and resting to be ready for the big mountain!

Hotel Backstage

 

Zermatt

Friday, July 26.

Despite some troubles with the GPS today, Anne has arrived in in Fiesch, after 8h30m of alpine running.

Here is her freshest comment, just after arrival.

Just arrived in Fiesch after 62 km, 2200 km up and 2900 m down in 8h30min. It was a fantastic day. Sun was shining very strong. The morning was beautiful at the mountain hut Basodino, followed by 12 km of hiking through snow. Then Nufenen pass and further to Ulrichen after 40 km. 2 hours to Fiesch. Now my feet are burning! But the day was great especially that part at the Cristallina! Some steep snow couloirs but no problem.

I reached Ulrichen after 6 hours. Then in the 2 hours to Fiesch I pushed it very hard. Last 8 km on road what was fast but awful. Just had my punk music on and kept going. Scenery is great and weather a bit too warm for me. But I enjoy it!!

 

Fiesch!

 

Thursday July 25.

Anne-Marie has left Ascona at around 6.20. Just 20 km and 1200 m of altitude to go to CAS Basodino Hut! I’m happy and sun is shining!

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Anne-Marie and the camera team have arrived at the Capanna Basodino in the afternoon after a beautiful and rewarding day.

A few comments on her day.

Start in ascona at the Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss early in the morning. Fast stage until Bignasco with some beautiful spots and green lakes and nice trail running parts! From bignasco to San Carlo only on the road with hot temperatures. Finally got to the hiking trail to the hut. First part was very steep and I struggled a bit because I was sweating a lot and losing too much electrolytes. I was pushing myself through the forest and ate everything I had in my backpack. Appenzeller Biberli, crackers, nuts. After 1 h and 900 vertical meters reached the hut. It is a really nice hut with a funny hut manager Ueli!

Provincia di Pisa

Our little adventure started about 15 years ago in Pisa, a small city on the Tyrrhenian Sea, an ancient port with a long history, hosting nowadays one of the most large and active University in Italy and Europe. About 50.000 students live in the city, mixed with the only 85.000 inhabitants. Among those, a few years ago, there were Alessio and I.

It has been thus natural to have the Province of Pisa (Provincia di Pisa in Italian), as our first area to climb from the bottom up to the top.

In Italy and Chile, a province is an administrative sub-division of a region, which is the first-order administrative sub-division of the state. Italian provinces are mainly named after their principal town and comprise several administrative sub-divisions called comuni (communes).

On May 12th, our original programs to ski the last snow of the Appennins, a few km north of Pisa, were cancelled due to the forecasted arrival of heavy rainfalls and storms in the mountains, a consequence of the first days of warm weather after an unusually long winter in the area.

It was the right time to transform our idea into reality.

Pisa used to be a port town, but the debris brought by the river Arno, over the centuries, buried the port under sand and moved the cost line as far as 18 km from the city center. This means that, despite being the official elevation of the city a mere 4 m, we had to cycle 16 km to to touch the lowest point (on ground) of the Province, the shore of the Mediterranean Sea at the coastal town of Marina di Pisa.

Touching the sea

Touching the sea

 

After having put back our bike shoes, we cycled along Camp Darby, a vast US military base, and the Arnaccio, a well known canal, which marks the boarder between the historically rival Provinces of Pisa and Livorno.

The top of the Province is the Monte Serra, in the group of the Monti Pisani, a modest but prominent elevation, 917 m above the sea level, whose top is reached by paved roads from all its sides. For us the climb began in Buti, a small town 85 m above the sea level. Unfortunately, the top of the Monte Serra is all but a bucolic place. It is indeed almost completely covered by huge towers for telecommunications. Moreover, it was kind of misty when we arrived there… Honestly, the picture below is far from being a masterpiece…

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