Apnea tra laghi e monti 2005
Since we were familiar with the complex route to get there it took us litlle time to arrange everything. So first a flight from Amsterdam to Milan, then the bus to Lugano , and several trains to get to Bellinzona where Igor would pick us up.
After chatting up with many old and some new acquaintances at the cable cart, we loaded up all the luggage and people in small groups to go up the mountain.
After about an hour everybody was up and in the Tremorgio lodge.
Evening had already fallen but we could still see what was up ahead the next morning since the lake already looked spectacular with an early blue glow. The sky was looking a bit different and clouds were coming in fast. Since everybody was prepared for mountain weather conditions we were not worried other then not being able to freedive in full sun, which we hoped for (thinking of the water temperature)
The diving was amazing. Not for it’s depth or other performances reached, but just floating in something which resembled a volcanic crater filled with emerald water , surrounded by mountain peaks , grass fields , trees and screaming mountain goats in an otherwise completely silent surrounding on roughly 200 meters altitude is something you can not put on paper.
We did experience early fatigue symptoms because of the lower oxygen levels, which matched our expectations.After the dive we had a good lunch and exchanged lots of stories with our old and new friends. Then it was time to pack and gear up for the long trek to the second base camp, a cabin near Lago Leit at 2260meters altitude.
According to Igor the trip would take about 1 hour, but maybe for mountain goats yas. It took us almost 2 hours (with full gear on our backs , since we wanted to bring everything, just in case). Also because we took our time to fully enjoy the trip and spectacular views along the way.
Since it was already quite late and most people were very tired and hungry , only one or 2 people already plunged in the lake to do some diving, while most others just enjoyed the afternoon sunset.
As did we and with a bottle of local red wine we nested ourselves on some rocky peak and just enjoyed the silence, the views and each others company.
Little explanation is needed to mention that we slept like oxes after dinner…….
The next and last day went unfortunately for us a little different then planned. We had originally planned to do our last dive down at Lake Tremorgio in the early afternoon and then leave for the long way back to be on time for all our connections. Unfortunately we had misunderstood the arrangements made for our trip back, since we still needed a lift from someone in the right direction to get to our first train.
After that it all went bad , even our plane broke down on the runway, so it took us counting from Rodi almost 11 hours !!!!to get back to Amsterdam ;-(
Anyway, we are still happy we did it, since even for just that one perfect Saturday it was completely worth it and something not to forget. Next time we just have to learn from this experience and plan our way back a bit better (get a rental car for local transport). Also a weekend is just too short for this kind of trip. Last time was an extended easter weekend , which was just about long enough for international freedivers to join in. Igor promiswed us to make next years event much longer , which would be perfect for others abroad to join in.
Many thanks to Igor Liberti for making this possible and all the other lovely people we met (again) to make the trip complete.
Until next year !!
Greetzzzz and love,
Check out the foto gallery at Glenn's freediving gallery for lots more pictures of this adventure.