Snow is falling on the Southern Apennines. Finally. But here’s the downside: in these parts snow almost inevitably means impassable access roads… for days on end. To make most of the situation – and an iffy forecast – I suggest Monte Sirino as outing destination, obviously aiming also for Monte del Papa, with 2,005 m […]Read more "Monte Sirino – … and (not much) further"
Three days of hiking and climbing in the hiemal Grand Sasso range. YEAH! Forecast has been rather auspicious. And so are the snow conditions. But oh, the trying approach! Almost two hours behind schedule for the ill-famed North ridge of Cima delle Malecoste, we concede – reluctantly – that a late start might spell trouble. […]Read more "“Well, all right… Direttissima!” – Cima delle Malecoste"
The Alburni are part of the Subappennino Lucano. Approaching from the south or east they can easily give the impression of being just wooded hills. From the north and west, however, these mountains present imposing cliffs that form a continuous and almost unscalable looking wall of rock.Read more "ITINERARY 8: Monti Alburni – Monte della Nuda"
There are many facets to hill walking and mountaineering: intense moments, magnificent views and overwhelming sensations, be them good or bad, rhapsodic or contemplative. Perhaps one of the most memorable experiences, however, is a winter sunrise high up on the mountain.Read more "Winter Sunrise – Serra Dolcedorme"
Often the summit is just an excuse for being out on the hills, despite the cold and the malevolent weather. At times it is but a moment of profound silence, the calm before or after the storm. Now and again, however, the summit is simply about getting home in one piece. […]Read more "Monte Alpi – A different kind of summit…"
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"