Checking in to this Cliffside ‘Hotel’ Means Scaling a 10,000-Foot Vertical

first_img 1. Photo by Grzegorz Grodzicki. 2. Photo by Grzegorz Grodzicki. 3. Photo by Adele Muscolino. 4. Photo by Adele Muscolino. Next Editors’ Recommendations Roberto Dini Stefano Girodo 1 of 6 The shelter is a dedication to Luca Pasqualetti, a passionate Italian mountain climber and motorcycle racer who died while climbing in 2014. The project is a collaboration of local Espri Sarvadzo alpine guides, the Cantieri d’Alta Quota cultural association, and Luca’s parents.A complete traverse of the Morion Ridge requires a full two to three days, depending on the skill of the climbers. It’s a challenging, high-altitude trek leaving climbers exposed to the elements and forced to cross a section of glacier and numerous areas with unstable footing. Reaching just the Valpelline Bivouac requires a strenuous six-hour trek from a refuge at Crete Sèche. Climbers are advised to come well-prepared. The best part though is that guests are welcome to stay at the shelter for free. World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Grzegorz Grodzicki Let’s be honest: to the average person, mountain climbing seems insane. However, for the world’s best climbers who thrive on a certain level of adrenalin, scaling a sheer rock wall — often without safety gear or harnesses — is the only thing that gets them out of bed in the morning. A new shelter in the remote Italian Alps is looking to reward extreme climbers with a legit overnight “room” that brings a new level of luxury to the traditional bivouac.Adele MuscolinoBarely clinging to the rugged Morion Ridge in Italy, the Valpelline Bivouac is an oasis — a slice of modernity and comfort in an otherwise barren, unforgiving landscape. The bones of the prefabricated structure blend steel and wood paneling for a design that’s sleek and modern. A wraparound aluminum covering adds durability and helps protect the bivouac against the elements. The shelter sits at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet where it was helicoptered into place and lightly tethered to the rock to minimize its impact on the surrounding terrain. The sharp, two-pitch design also helps the shelter visually blend in with the craggy landscape. The interior is a sharp contrast to the seemingly lifeless landscape outside. The communal living area features an eight-person table, a food-prep area, and ample space to stow backpacks and other rock climbing gear. An adjacent sleeping area offers two simple wooden platforms with mattresses for up to eight climbers to rest and recharge before resuming their journey. A small solar panel provides just enough power to illuminate the interior after dark. Plus, an east-facing, floor-to-ceiling picture window bookends the space affording guests panoramic views of Monte Rosa, Becca di Luseney, and even the Matterhorn. Stefano Girodo Grzegorz Grodzicki Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert Previous Stefano Girodo The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Boulderinglast_img read more



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Support for Family Members Caring for Children Separated from Parents

first_imgA new program is supporting grandparents and other family members who care for children separated from their parents. Alternative Family Care helps prevent children from coming into the care of the province by providing financial assistance to extended family members and other caregivers to support the children’s needs. The goal is to keep a familiar connection until the children are able to be reunited with their parents. “The best scenario when children are separated from their parents is to stay in a loving home with people they are familiar with – and within their home communities,” said Community Services Minister Kelly Regan. “We heard from Nova Scotians – especially grandparents – that they have loving homes to provide, but they needed a little bit of financial assistance to cover expenses like food, clothing and the costs of having children stay with them. This program is providing the support grandparents or other close family members need.” Under Alternative Family Care, the caregiver receives a start-up amount of $500 for the first child, and $250 per additional child, up to a maximum of $1,000 in the first month. They will then receive $250 per month, per child. “I have been working in family resources for the last 27 years and have seen the many sacrifices families make to support the children in their family,” said Heather Johnstone, executive director, Parents and Children Together Resource Centre. “I believe that when children are not able to stay in the care of their parents, then the best place for them is in a safe familiar home. “The Alternative Family Care program will enable this to become more of a reality for many families who would otherwise not be in a position to care for these children.” Income through Alternative Family Care is not taxable and it does not affect the Guaranteed Income Supplement and does not impact the child or caregiver’s eligibility for other social programs such as Income Assistance, the Caregiver Benefit and the Child Care Subsidy. Alternative Family Care is now available to families through their current protection worker. Community Services anticipates about 400 children, who are involved with child protection, will benefit from the program annually.last_img read more



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Cops arrest 17 from brothel

All the suspects are to be produced in court today. The Fort police are conducting further investigations. The police raided a brothel in Fort late last night and arrested 17 people, the police media unit said today.According to the police the brothel was operating at a club along D.R. Wijeywardena Mawatha in Fort. The police said that the manager of the club and nine others who had assisted in operating the brothel were arrested.The police also said that eight prostitutes were also arrested during the raid.



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