Day hikes around here are one thing, planning something else in another part of the Alps is another. Aside from the general problem that I often don’t have the time, when I do have time the weather (always changeable in the mountains) is often, as the Irish say, shite.
But when summer comes and the high snows melt, I am going to have to get myself to Valcamonica, in Lombardy, northern Italy, to see some of the hundreds of thousands of petroglyphs scattered throughout the valley.
The rock art spans a period over 8,000 years from the Palaeolithic Era, dropping off significantly during Roman times and returning somewhat with the early Christian Middle Ages. The whole thing has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site.
If you would like to spend a week in the Italian Alps this summer learning how to make rock tracings and volunteering your time to the park, they are accepting applications. Minimum age 16 (most of the volunteers in the photos don’t look much beyond college age), cost (includes lodging, food and materials) is € 450 / $ 588 (check for the current euro/dollar rate.)
Second and third images from this site, (g; click other languages available at top of page)