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. AdvertisementsRead 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"
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"