NON COSI LOTANO (NOT SO FAR)
Italy, 37 minutes, 2012
Directed by Herve Barmasse
Sunday February 10th, 7:30pm
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In 2011, Hervé Barmasse chose the three most important mountains of his home in Italy’s Aosta Valley—Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc); Monte Rosa; and Monte Cervino (the Matterhorn)—upon which to create three new routes. The three peaks, not coincidentally, are among the highest in the Alps.
On Monte Bianco, with two Basque friends, Barmasse established a new route on the left pillar of the Brouillard. On Monte Rosa, he put up a new route on the southeast face of the Punta Gnifetti with his father Marco. Finally, on Cervino, in the face of high risk and difficulty, he established a new route on Peak Muzio, solo.
All three climbing adventures were exceptional for their location, their remoteness and for the spirit that characterized them. And now, all three climbs have been captured in the film, “Not So Far”.
The Barmasse Trilogy is a tribute to the high mountains and to the inexhaustible spirit of classical mountaineering, the same spirit that prompted Alfred Mummery to write, “The true mountaineer is the man who attempts new ascents, and equally, whether he succeeds or fails, delights in the fun and joy of the struggle.”
Hervé Barmasse grew up at the foot of Matterhorn, and has climbed mountains all over the world, including in the Alps, the mountains of Pakistan and in Patagonia. After such a vast amount of travel, he has realized that the value of the experience does not depend on the mountain itself but rather on the eyes of the mountaineer.
Hervé believes that, nowadays, adventure can also be found at home. One need only choose unusual seasons, to accept risk and effort and, most of all, to search passionately, and one’s fantasy will be left to run free.
Director, Herve Barmasse
Born in the shadow of the Matterhorn to a family of mountaineers Herve is one of the world's most passionate and accomplished alpinists. The mountains are in his blood, it is in the mountains that he feels most 'at home' and his passion for life is defined by always looking for the most absolute mountain experience.
Inspired by the mountain of his birth, he began his career on the Matterhorn and realised a big dream when he made the first solo ascent of the Matterhorn South Directissima, as well as opening and repeating many other prestigious routes. He became expert on all alpine terrain and sought the most challenging ascents - preferring new routes and making incredible solo speed ascents. He continued a long family tradition to become the fourth generation of mountain guides - choosing a profession that allowed him to remain close to his beloved mountains.
Seeking new horizons beyond the Alps, Herve's passion has taken him worldwide - Patagonia, Pakistan - new routes, solo ascents and untouched summits. His truly incredible achievements have commanded world-wide respect. But beyond the technical challenge of Alpine and Himalayan summits, Herve has extended his mountaineering goals to embrace the challenge of helping the communities of the Shimshal, Pakistan. In 2010 he gave himself as a climbing guide instructor and rescue expert to the Shimshal Climbing School in order to help local porters (men and women) improve both their technique and safety.
Herve lives and breathes the freedom of the nature and the mountains which are his inspiration. For Herve mountains represent adventure and exploration, his motivation wells from his deep longing to explore untouched lands and unclimbed mountains.