A few years ago, on skis they pulled their luggage on sledges across the snow-covered Hardangervidda. Last autumn, Stefan promised a Scandinavian treat in southern Europe to the mates he knows from his good-old school days: he wanted to cross the high plateaux in Abruzzo on skis. The Campo Imperatore is 1,600 metres high and on the same latitude as Rome. »Will there be snow?«, was the worry on the one side. »Won‘t there be too many people?«, was the suspicion on the other.
»There was enough snow alright«, says Stefan. »And during the first eight days we didn’t meet a soul.« The Gran Sasso Nationalpark is one of the last wilderness areas in southern Europe. The highest peak Corno Grande stands 2,912 metres above the Mediterranean Sea. Stefan, who lives near Murnau in Upper Bavaria, discovered the area a few years ago when he went on a hiking holiday. »The nativeness in the middle of populated and cultivated Italy fascinated me«, says the photographer. The Italians call the 80 square kilometre high plateau »Il piccolo Tibet«. It is still hidden from winter tourism.
Presentation at Globetrotter
You can find a film by Stefan Rosenboom about the Abruzzo project on 4-seasons.tv/abruzzen. On 14 November (8 pm), he will hold a presentation at Globetrotter Munich about hiking in the Bavarian alps: »Wanderungen für alle Jahreszeiten in den bayerischen Alpen« and about another one of his photo projects of a farmer’s life in the Bavarian Forest: »Anni und Alois – ein Bauernleben im Bayerischen Wald«.
25. Oktober 2012, Text: Ingo Wilhelm