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”"
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"
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”"
September. Weekend and neither in the mood for longer hikes nor for lying on the beach all day. As our original destination, the “Via Ferrata del Caldanello”, had been declared off-limits by a decree of the local authorities we had to come up with a new plan. The nearby Monte Sellaro (1,439m) seemed a natural choice.Read more "Scrambles on Monte Sellaro"
The third day of this year’s summer trip to the Orsomarso range would not take us to its lofty ridges or any of its splendid peaks. Instead of climbing up a mountainside we would follow the Rosa torrent up its course to the its cataracts and pools of crystal clear and icy water.Read more "The gorge of the torrent Rosa"