Alpinism wins Unesco recognition

Successful 'intangible heritage' bid was submitted by three Alpine towns 

A form of mountaineering that began in a posh club in Victorian London is now on Unesco’s ‘intangible cultural heritage list of humanity’.

But Alpinism is about more than scaling summits for sport, according to alpine guide Claude Marin.

“When you are an alpinist, there is a force which pulls you to the top of a mountain,” he said. “It is a way of going beyond boundaries and forming strong, enduring bonds with those you climb with.”

Mr Marin was one of leading figures behind the bid which was jointly submitted by three Alpine towns – Chamonix in France, Courmayeur (Italy), Orsières and canton Valais (Switzerland), and backed by the University of Geneva.

The successful bid defined alpinism as an art which is a “traditional, ...

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