It’s at least 3 years that I started courting “Claudia”. Since I first laid eyes on the vast north face of Monte Acquaviva I didn’t stop dreaming about climbing it. Some of its most conspicuous features one can behold even from the the Adriatic Sea. These few distinct lines keep snow long after the surrounding […]Read more "Rendezvous with Claudia"
At times, returning from a winter climb on the southern flanks of Serra Dolcedorme, the eyes can get caught by a peculiar detail of the precipitous escarpment which characterizes the south-east face of Celsa Bianca: a straight line that rises from the valley floor to meet the ridge. Over time this white corridor became an object of […]Read more "A white corridor – Celsa Bianca, Canalone centrale"
Early April, thawing period. Vernal air and the southern sun are hard at work and soon the remains of the last winter snowfall will be reduced to memory alone. Very last call for the relatively easy but long and strength-sapping routes that climb the south face of Serra Dolcedorme. What better way to salute this mountain than with […]Read more "Vernal Direttissima – Dolcedorme"
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"