The mating season of deers

A weekend among the immense forests of Abruzzo National Park and a three day trekking with overnight stay in a mountain refuge.

 

SCHEDULED EVENTS

Friday 21 September 2018 – Sunday 23 September 2018

Between the months of September and October, when the mating season of deers starts, this territory give you the chance to live a very interesting experience. 

The bell of male deers echoes in the forest during all day. The bells and the fights among male deers for the conquest of female deers allow you to immerse yourself in the deepest nature of the Park. The scheduled itineraries will be shown on digital maps and giant screen. Then, we will organise a meeting with the staff of Abruzzo National Park to analyze the natural value of this protected area. A professional of the photography will help you to optimise photograph and video shooting techniques.

WHAT CAN I LEARN?

- Choice of camera equipment;

- Advices about photographic shooting;

- How to use natural light;

- How to use creatively the combination of aperture value and shutter speed;

- Essential knowledge in Lightroom and Camera Raw

 

GENERAL PROGRAMME

FIRST DAY

Introduction of the guide and description of the schedule in our office at Pescasseroli (L’Aquila), Largo Molinari. In the evening there will be a short hike to hear the bells of deers and to see deers at sunset. Then, accomodation of participants in the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

SECOND DAY

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THIRD DAY

Breakfast in the hotel and departure at sunrise for a high altitude itinerary. During the itinerary we will have the chance to observe these beautiful ungulates and, waiting for some time, we can see also other animals who live in this area. Then packed lunch, in the afternoon return to the valley, collection of luggage and departure of participants.

TOUR LEADER

Umberto Esposito is a mountain guide entered on the register of Alpine Guides of the Abruzzo Region and a naturalist photographer. He works between Abruzzo and Molise regions where, among the immense beech forests in the mountains or in the meadows, you can still see some extraordinary animal species. At the end of the nineties the encounter with the bears of the valley and the emotion for the first photographs guided him to what has become his job. Growing he has explored and loved these mountains. He is the creator and the director of Wildlife Adventures project and now he tries to convey the emotions he felt when he was young to those who walk along the paths and the mountains of Central Apennines with him. He has published pictures and articles on Oasis, Trekking&Outdoor, DOVE Viaggi, DRepubblica, Speciale “Qui Touring” of Touring Club Italiano. It’s co-author of the project Forestbeat to sustain the nomination of the Apennine beech forests as “UNESCO World Heritage Site” Lazio e Molise.

 


COSTS

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Guide and organization
Photo tour and lessons

Accommodation in a hotel and refuge

 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Any transports
Extra and personal expenses
 


WHAT TO BRING

We reccomend you to dress in layers. Trekking shoes, water bottle, backpack, long pants, hat and wool gloves, jacket, down jacket, sun protection cream. We always recommend wearing a t-shirt to spare in your backpack.

HOW TO REACH US

Pescasseroli is the most important village of Abruzzo National Park, the oldest Italian protected area; it has guaranteed a life in harmony with nature for almost a century. You can easily reach it by car through three access points. FROM ROME (Highway A24 Rome – L’Aquila): from Rome highway A24 until Pescina exit, proceed on SR83 or on SP17 until Pescasseroli. FROM PESCARA (Highway A25 Roma – Pescara): from Pescara highway A25 until Pescina exit, go on towards SR83 or towards SP17 until Pescasseroli. FROM NAPLES (Highway A1 Naples – Rome): from Naples highway A1 until Caianello exit, enter SS85 towards Venafro and then proceed on SR83 until Pescasseroli.

 

You can arrive by bus thanks to daily connections from Castel di Sangro and Avezzano. Check the timetable on the the website www.tuabruzzo.it. Connections by train are only until Avezzano station. For those who come from Rome it is possible to check the timetable of Prontobus company that connects Roma and Ciampino airports to Abruzzo.

Highlights

  • The philosophy of this workshop with a limited number of participants
  • Lights and colors on the most important tops of Abruzzo National Park
  • A excursion inside the oldest beech forest UNESCO World Heritage
  • Excellent food, an evening near the fireplace and a good wine (Montepulciano d’Abruzzo)

Route

  1. Pescasseroli
  2. Monte Marsicano
  3. Rifugio di Prato Rosso
  4. Valle di Corte