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Basque Mountaineering Federation celebrates centenary

The Basque Mountaineering Federation, a UIAA affiliate member since 2002, is to stage a wide-ranging programme of occasions all through 2024 to mark its centenary.

Occasions embrace crowning the six highest peaks within the Basque Nation, climbs involving round 100 Basque mountaineering golf equipment below the title ‘100 urte 100 mendi’ [“100 Years, 100 Mountains”], the difficulty of a particular commemorative ticket by the Nationwide Lottery and the presentation of a documentary on the historical past of the Basque-Navarre Mountaineering Federation.

The next press launch comes from the federation:

In 2024 the Basque Mountaineering Federation [Euskal Mendizale Federazioa – Federación Vasca de Montaña] and the Navarre Federation of Mountain Sports activities and Climbing [Federación Navarra de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada], often called EMF-FVM, will probably be celebrating their centenary with a wide-ranging programme of occasions designed and organised by their joint working physique Euskal Herriko Mendi Biltzarra.

The yr began with the issuing of joint membership playing cards to members of the 2 federations and the distribution of 500 commemorative flags to member associations, golf equipment and people. An exhibition below the title ‘Mendian izan gaitun / Nos queremos en las cumbres’ [“We Were There at the Peak”] can also be at present touring the Basque Nation. It includes 20 panels aimed toward elevating the profile of and acknowledging the function performed by ladies, significantly as pioneers.

On 19 January the Resort Lakua in Vitoria-Gasteiz is to be the venue for the presentation of gold badges to members from Alava in recognition of at the very least 40 years of steady federation membership. Related ceremonies will probably be held for members from Bizkaia on the Membership Deportivo in Bilbao on 23 February, and for these from Gipuzkoa in Tolosa on 24 April.

“The occasions staged to mark the centenary proceed on 16 March, when the governing boards of the federations from the Basque Autonomous Group, Navarre, golf equipment from the French Basque Nation and the provincial federations of Araba, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa will probably be climbing the 6 highest peaks within the Basque Nation. The federations of Bizkaia and Araba will probably be assembly on the prime of Mount Gorbeia, whereas the Gipuzkoa federation will probably be crowning Mount Aketegi. The Navarre federation will probably be climbing Mesa de los 3 Reyes. Members of the Auñamendi MT membership in Labourd (within the French Basque Nation) will probably be climbing Mount Okabe (in Basse Navarre) and members of the Orhimendi Membership in Soule will climb Mount Orhi. The EMF will tackle the ascent of Mount Artzamendi (in Labourd).”

On 20 March we will probably be carrying the baton on the Korrika (a 10-day fun-run in help of the Basque language that winds its means proper throughout the Basque Nation) because it passes by means of Elgeta, the city in Gipuzkoa the place the EMF-FVM was based in 1924.

On the final weekend in April over 100 mountaineering golf equipment from everywhere in the Basque Nation will participate in ‘100 urte 100 mendi’ [“100 Years, 100 Mountains”]: an occasion during which they are going to crown 100 peaks unfold throughout the entire of the Basque Nation. Every ascent will probably be recorded for posterity in a photograph of the climbers with the commemorative centenary flag. The golf equipment participating have additionally been supplied with playing cards on which they will be aware down particulars of their climbs and draw a map to mark the occasion. We’ll then put together a doc that data all 100 climbs in as a lot element as doable, to protect the reminiscence of this mass-participation occasion.

On 11 Could the Nationwide Lottery is to pay homage to the EMF-FVM through the use of a mix of the normal emblem of the Federation and the centenary emblem because the illustration on that day’s lottery tickets. Per week later, on 18 Could, an institutional occasion attended by politicians, members of public establishments and golf equipment will happen in Elgeta, the birthplace of the EMF-FVM. This occasion will finish with a communal meal on the city pelota courtroom. A commemorative plaque will probably be unveiled within the city corridor sq. and there will probably be stay music, Nordic strolling and different sights.

On 17 June, Vitoria-Gasteiz is to host an exhibition to have fun the fiftieth anniversary of Expedition Tximist, a Basque expedition that topped Everest in 1974; then, on 13 October, there may be to be a joint hike to ‘Erdigune’, the geographical mid-point of the Basque Nation, situated within the Urbasa Andia Pure Park. This occasion may even function the setting for the presentation of Hermandad de Centenarios [“100 Club”] diplomas, that are awarded to people who’ve climbed all 100 mountains registered as such by the Federation.

On 18 October Vitoria-Gasteiz will once more be the venue for a particular centenary gala that includes the presentation of a documentary on the historical past of the Basque-Navarre Mountaineering Federation produced by Labrit. On 12 December the journal Revista Pyrenaica is to publish a monographic problem below the title 100 años de la Federación Vasco Navarra de Montaña [“100 Years of the Basque-Navarre Mountaineering Federation”]. Lastly, by then we anticipate the audiovisual presentation commemorating the centenary occasions to be prepared to indicate, and work on the Edificio Arkaute constructing in Tolosa needs to be heading in the right direction to deal with the Museum of Basque Mountaineering.

For additional data and may a UIAA member affiliation want to be concerned in any of the occasions please use the next contact e-mail.

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