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“Messners Alpen - Vom Eiger zum Matterhorn”

Herbert Habersack (Deutschland) - 43 min

Saturday, 15. Nov. 2008 from 08:00 in Congress Graz - Blauer Salon       

The Swiss Alps are Alps as we know them from picture books. The journey starts at the Eiger, a myth, where Reinhold Messner abseils from the north face together with Stephan Gruber, a permafrost reasearcher, in order to examine how climate change has affected the rock face. Reinhold Messner’s next stop is the Gotthard and the imposing mountain fortresses of the Swiss Army, where you find a museum and a hotel today. Europe’s biggest building site, the construction of the Gotthard base tunnel, is situated below the fortresses in great depth. The friendly family Barmettler on the Musenalm, an alpine meadow, show what “Heidi’s place” and mountain farming are like in the 21st century. At the Matterhorn, the most important mountain of the Alps, Reinhold Messer meets the president of the mountain guides of Zermatt. At the end of the journey, shots of the terrific summit area of the Matterhorn set the scene for Reinhold Messner’s outlook into the future of the Alps.