>> These volunteers are preparing to scale the Italian mountains in search of African migrants. An estimated 800 have attempted the perilous route from Italy to France over the Alps mountain range since August last year heading towards France. Many had previously made the dangerous Mediterranean Sea crossing from Libya having traveled through the heat of the desert.
And they are ill-prepared for the six-mile journey on a mountain path that reaches a height of 1,762 meters. That's over 5,700 feet, often walking through the snow in little more footwear than gym shoes.>>
> In a train station in the Italian border town of Bardonecchia, this migrant is telling a translator that he had to turn back because the journey was too grueling.
And most of those who successfully crossed the unmarked border are caught by French police anyway.>>
ench gendarmes are also here to prevent unwanted passengers from boarding trains to France, leaving migrants to stare as they depart, or plan their next attempt to brave the mountains.