On July 10th, 2015, 100 applicants arrived in beautiful LA THUILE, to be carefully screened during the final selection event for the forthcoming edition of Donnavventura. The majestic Mount Blanc mountain range and the beautiful Rutor waterfalls silently witnessed all the frenzy at the Donnavventura base camp by Ferrino.
Professional instructors from the local mountain troops training facility of the Italian Army set up a special suspended bridge on the Dora River, which proved quite though to chellenge for the Donnavventura applicants trying to excel and be selected as members of the new team of travel reporters. The girls had to give their best proving also their climbing skills on pre-arranged training cliff, while the whole Donnavventura management and some veterans of the past expeditions supervised all testing activities.
Eventually, only 10 candidates were selected and thus asked to stay at the very same base camp for a further one week training, in preparation of the forthcoming Grand Raid. So, the new team of travel reporters were made of Elisa (24, from Cesana Torinese), Francesca (24, from Fano), Isabella (25, from Pinerolo”, Michela (22, from Brescia), Morena (31, from Genoa), Patrizia (26, from Saluzzo), Sara (26, from Faenza), Sofia Ludovica (25, from Genoa), Tina (23, from Potenza) and Yumi Nicole (27, from Florence).
The special training included a simulation of a typical Donnavventura expedition, in order to let the newly-appointed reporters thoroughly familiarize with video/photo equipment, shooting and filming, driving off road vehicles and cope with any possible contingency.
At the end of the training session, all the girls were treated to a special neurophisiological evaluation and thorough screening at the specialized facility in Sirtori, Brianza. It was thus possible to achieve the best-ever preparation for each member of the new travelling team.
On Tuesday, July 21st, the Donnavventura Caribbean Grand Raid team were officially announced ot the press: Elisa, Michela, Sara, Tina and Patrizia (the latter as the sole reserve member during the whole expedition).