Clouds had been hovering over the Pollino mountain range for quite some days now. The forecast had been predicting snow. Well, a couple of inches, at the most. Just enough to trick one into believing that winter finally had arrived. Of course, it hadn’t. But with a “winter” (February 2016) so scarce of snow, being picky would seem […]Read more "Via dei Lupi – Almost a winter’s day …"
Sometimes it’s “do or die” … Bad weather conditions still prevailing, a good load of fresh snow had fallen only a couple of days ago, at least an attempt on one of the alpine routes that permeate the beautiful south face of Serra Dolcedorme had to be made. The forecast had not been that bad … reality, however, […]Read more "Whiteout – A day out on “Via Luzzo”"
December 2015, little snow and bad weather conditions all month long. A few days before the turn of the year and the urge to follow the summons of the mountains prevailed. A long hike and, what I didn’t know at the time, the last solo effort for a long while. I started from Colle d’Impiso […]Read more "Celsa Bianca – South ridge"
A warm and sunny November weekend, too warm indeed for the advanced time of year, and I felt, once more, that I had to follow the call of “Mother Mountain”, how the locals use to call the splendid Majella range. The idea I came up with: explore an apparently seldom frequented area, spend a quiet […]Read more "Twenty Four Hours – Majella"
Late October … the last tired leaves falling from the branches of the beech trees. With the days getting sensibly shorter and the circle of life approaching its nadir, I thought it time for a long and meditative hike. The decision fell on the mountains of the Alburni range, in particular: Monte Panormo, Monte Tirone and Monte Urto.Read more "Late autumn hike: Monti Alburni"
The name alone made me want to climb it: Il Monte (the Mountain). What a name for a … mountain. And, indeed, from a northern direction, especially from the south ridge of the nearby Monte Volturino (1,835m), the almost pyramidal shape of “Il Monte” (1,737m), locally also known as “Il Monte di Viggiano”, is a true eyecatcher. […]Read more "Crushing gear on “Il Monte”"
Late September, and this insatiable desire to climb something slightly more challenging… This time I had planed on doing “Via Pietra Colonna”, one of the most demanding and, as I can say now, the most beautiful routes on the south face of Serra Dolcedorme. Usually a fantastic winter climb, also without snow it is truly worth a visit. A stupid inaccuracy in […]Read more "Serra Dolcedorme – “Via Pietra Colonna”"