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. AdvertisementsRead 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”"
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"
August already drawing to a close and, finally, the long anticipated return to the splendid Orsomarso mountains! This time, as a group of three, three exciting days of hiking through the mostly pathless wilderness. Our main destination: Monte La Caccia (1,744m), the summit closest to the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea.Read more "Monte La Caccia … twice"
Returning from my short trip to the Grand Sasso I could not withstand the temptation of a little detour and to dash up to the high plains of the Sirente range. A full traverse of the serrated and aerial ridge would take me from Sperone Tiburtini (2,128m) to Monte San Nicola (2,012m), passing the summit of […]Read more "Monte Sirente – A full traverse"