Monte Poravetta

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Monte Poravetta
View of Monte Poravetta from the east
View of Monte Poravetta from the east
Highest point
Elevation 4,264.4 m (13,989 ft)
Isolation 2080 m ↓ Western Dorgina 
Parent peak
Etymology From Ancient Parnethian πορεία (poreia; journey) and ἐνῑκήθη (henikethe; conquered)
Native name Anisoran: Poravetta
Parnethian: Πορανικά (Poranika)
Pastanan: Poravua

Location in the North Bhazen Mountains
Location Anaria Minor
Country Anisoran Empire
Parent range North Bhazen Mountains
Mountain type
Type of rock Amphibolite
Last eruption
First ascent c.4500 by Androxes (legendary)
8 July 7274 by Adriano Bonidona and Octavio di Sorpena
Easiest route Viottolo Margino (north-west ridge)

Monte Poravetta (Parnethian: Πορανικά Όρη (Poranika Óri); Pastanan: Mons Poravua), known in Hallish as Mount Poravetta, is the highest mountain in the North Bhazens, the highest in Anisora, and the ninth highest in Anaria Minor. It rises 4,264.4 m (13,989 ft) above sea level and is the sixth most prominent peak in the entire Bhazen Mountain range.

The mountain has a rich history in folklore, religion, and mountaineering, being closely associated with numerous legendary figures, including: the Ancient Parnethian hero Androxes, who is said to have climbed the mountain to reach the heavens, assuming his place amongst the gods; the Orkanan exemplar Sergel, who while not climbing the summit of the mountain, nevertheless made it his home for many years; and the so-called Androxians, a famous group of Anisoran mountaineers who first reached the summit of the mountain.

Monte Poravetta remains very popular with mountaineers today, and is considered a rite of passage and great accomplishment for members of the prestigious Anisoran Società degli Montanari (Society of Mountaineers), and many other Anarian mountaineering clubs, to summit. Many of Anaria's most famous mountaineers have reached the summit, and despite it being far from the highest mountain in Anaria, Poravetta's beauty and well-trodden paths have inspired artists, musicians, poets, and explorers for centuries.



The contemporary Hallish name Poravetta, coming direct from the Anisoran, traces its etymological route through modern Parnethian, which names the mountain Πορανικά (Poranika), which in turn derives from an Ancient Parnethian compound name πορᾳνικήθη (porainikethe), literally meaning 'conquered journey'. The compound word, deriving from the noun πορεία (poreia), meaning journey or march, specifically with a sense of walking, and ἐνῑκήθη (henikethe), the 3rd person singular indicative passive aorist of the verb νικάω (nikao), meaning to conquer/vanquish/prevail over, thus roughly translates as 'the journey which was conquered', although some etymologists prefer 'the path which was prevailed', or simply 'the prevailed path'.

The name is most commonly agreed to be a reference to the ancient Parnethian hero Androxes' journey to the summit of a great mountain after being tasked to meet the Gods in the heavens, whereafter he was granted godhood. Although there are some scholars who argue that the mountain climbed by Androxes was not, in fact, Mount Poravetta, but Mount Andorus in the Greater Bhazens to the south, most ancient scholars and chroniclers, including Claudius of Arrentium, maintain that Mount Poravetta was the mountain.



Climbing history

First recorded ascent

The first recorded ascent of Monte Poravetta was on 8 July 7274 by Adriano Bonidona and Octavio di Sorpena. Part of a larger group who ascended the mountain, Bonidona and di Sorpena are credited with the first recorded ascent of the mountain, although numerous legendary ascents were said to have been made in antiquity. The group, led by Bonidona, came to be known after the successful ascent as the Androxians (Anisoran: Androxiani), named after the Ancient Parnethian hero Androxes, who legend has it was the first human to reach the summit. Such was the cultural and historic significance of the climb, the Androxians became famous overnight, with Valerio III, King of Casella, showering the group with honours and granted knighthoods to Bonidona and di Sorpena. This first ascent has been heralded as marking the start of modern mountaineering in Anaria Minor.

The anniversary of the first ascent, the 8th July, is celebrated every year by the Anisoran Società degli Montanari, with the 300th anniversary of the conquest of Poravetta, in 7574, celebrated throughout the Anisoran Empire, and saw a state banquet, an international symposium of mountaineers, and the foundation of the Bonidona Medal, in honour of the first man to conquer the tallest mountain in Anisora.

Other ascents

The second ascent took place on 12 August 7277 by Luca Pardenese and Alf Marco di Furlano, who later became the Lord Alf of Casella, who were accompanied by the guides Lorenzo Sardina (senior) and Valerio Potenza. The third principal member of their party, Sir Raphaello Doragna-Sarno, an accomplished lawyer but otherwise fairly amateur mountaineer, perished on the descent.

The first woman to ascend Poravetta was Bernadetta d'Alfina during the third ascent, which took place on 17 June 7284. She was accompanied by her climbing partner Sergio Abbatantuono, and the guides Marco Bonaccorso and Valerio Potenza.

The fifth ascent was also the first Amberian ascent, and took place on 10 April 7301. The ascent was led by Lizsbet äv Rofdane, the second woman to reach the summit, and Aje-Geneviv äv Neihalt and Alechändr äv Valoje, accompanied by the guides Giulio Rontenaro and Lorenzo Sardina (junior).

The most difficult route to the summit, the north-east face, was opened on 29 May 7509 by Ermino Amerighi and his guide Benedetto D'Onofrio. Such is the difficulty of this ascent that the north-east face of Poravetta has only been climbed a further two times since 7509, but has claimed numerous lives in numerous attempts, including the much experienced and respected mountaineer Giuliano Vaccaro-Vicenzo, who died in 7569.

Cultural references

See also

Anisora  Anisora portal



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