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Monaco celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Via Alpina

On 21 June 2002, within the International Year of the Mountains, Prince Albert (at the time Hereditary Prince) and the president of the Via Alpina International Steering Committee Luciano Caveri officially launched the Via Alpina by revealing a plaque on the Place of the Palace.

Via Alpina launch 2002 (DTC Monaco/ N. Antognelli)In order to celebrate this anniversary, the Monegasque Alpine Club (CAM) organises several hikes on the Via Alpina: this coming Sunday 3 June CAM co-organises with the French Alpine Club of Nice and the Italian Alpine Clubs of Bordighera, Imperia, San Remo and Vintimiglia the 55th “Brevet du randonneur alpina – 1er degré” (alpine hiker certificate – 1st degree) from Notre-Dame des Fontaines to Saorge via the Cime de Marta mountain (overlapping stage R157). A team from CAM will also participate in the Critérium de la Brigue run, held the same day on the Via Alpina as well.

On Thursday 7 June, club hike from Isola 2000 to the Cime de la Lombarde (meeting stage R140). Finally on Sunday 10 June, CAM and the Italian Alpine Club of San Remo will celebrate their twinning with a hike from Monaco to La Turbie, following two different variants of the first (or last!) stage of the Via Alpina.

And to see further, after Slovenia last year the yearly trip of the club will be to Austria (Ötztal). The 47 participants will combine hikes on the Yellow and Red Via Alpina Trails with tourism. They will be received on Wednesday, 20 June at the seat of the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention in Innsbruck, together with the Austrian Alpine Club (Via Alpina national secretariat).

In Monaco, international opening is an evidence starting at school. For several years the Via Alpina has been used as an opportunity for school exchanges. This year, 20 students from the Charles III secondary school spent three days in Peveragno in Piemont on the topic “To live in the mountains, to live from the mountains”.

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