Sean & Nico
Lavaredo Ultra Trail
Cuore Attivo Monterosa's trip to Nepal to document its humanitarian mission in the remote Arun valley.
Sean Villanueva and Nico Favresse are two climbers but first of all two friends who embody the essence of climbing.
Filippo Caon talks about the Lavaredo Ultra Trail, not as a runner but as a spectator. Wind and rain, sickness and health.
We started this business championing the vertical wilderness and putting style over summit. 50 years later, we still are. In 1972, Chouinard Equipment bet the farm, urging climbers to stop using the company’s best-selling product to protect the rock. Clean climbing—making the switch from pitons to chocks—fundamentally changed both the art of the sport and the ethos of the community. It was climbing’s first environmental movement and instilled the values that drive Patagonia to this day. But more importantly, it was a challenge—what were climbers capable of achieving in order to protect the places they love? 50 years later, we’re asking that question again. We’re still committed to clean climbing and putting style over summit. We climb to feed our souls, not our egos. Celebrating the ethic laid down in the 1972 Chouinard Equipment catalog means bringing humility, intention and creativity to every climb and inviting all climbers to build this legacy with us. It’s a commitment to the sport we love, to everything we make and to the planet we’re still working to save.
Learn more at patagonia.com/cleanclimb
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For a few weeks I have been following the highly recommended scientific dissemination portal by geologist Andrea Moccia: Geopop. There are several videos in which he addresses the issue of global warming but one of them, of which I want to summarize the content, struck me. The ability of the planet earth to manage the quantities of carbon is explained, by way of example, with a 750ml bottle of wine. Since I like beer and I like the idea of a 750ml beer even more, I'll bring you the same metaphor in the form of hops. Let's imagine the earth's atmosphere as a 750ml bottle of beer. Let's imagine then filled with 750ml of beer (possibly an amber beer), that is the quantity that the bottle is able to manage. Then take a small glass (the one that you pours out, filled with genepì, inside beers on tap) and pour it into the bottle. Immediately there is a problem: the additional genepì overflows from the bottle. There are still several people, Andrea explains, who see natural sources of
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carbon dioxide as proof that manmade CO2 is not a big problem. But let's think about the bottle: the problem is not that the bottle contains 750ml of beer, since it is specially designed to handle that amount. The problem is that extra shot. The same concept, Andrea continues, applies to our emissions. The problem is not the 750 gigatons of carbon that the atmosphere contains and is capable of handling. Those 750 billion tons, being emitted naturally, have found an impressive natural balance and remained almost stable over time. The ocean, for example, releases about 90 gigatons of carbon into the atmosphere every year but absorbs about 92 from the atmosphere. Plants, Andrea continues with the examples, absorb about 120 gigatons through chlorophyll photosynthesis, but they release, at the same time, 59 with the respiration of plants and 58 through the decomposition of soils. You don't need to be Einstein to notice that the amount of carbon released into the
atmosphere is almost the same that the atmosphere loses. In other words, the biosphere, the lithosphere and the hydrosphere are capable of removing the same amount of carbon from the atmosphere that they release in it. An exceptional natural balance. Now, returning to the bottle of beer: it is as if this bottle exchanges the same quantity of liquid with other bottles, always letting out as much of it as it lets in, keeping the level stable. The problem is those 8 or 9 gigatons of carbon that we release into the atmosphere each year through human activities. This "small" quantity (because it is small, Andrea emphasizes, compared to the natural one) is a pain in the ass for the natural balance because the system cannot manage it. Furthermore, the consequent serious problem is that once the balance is broken it is not possible to reverse it, at least not in human times. The issues are complex, but the key message is this: "The problem is not the bottle, but the shot.”
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RAB SUPPORTS CIRQUE SERIES Rab will support Cirque Series, the mountain running event organized by skier and mountaineer Julian Carr. This year the series includes eight stages, starting in Brighton (UK) on July 16th. There will also be a European stage in Engelberg (Switzerland) on 24 September. The event will be attended by some of Rab's best trail running athletes, such as Amy David and Chris Fisher who holds last year’s Max Vert October Challenge record. This race, included in the Cirque Series, will challenge athletes to achieve the greatest elevation gain possible in October.
SAUCONY SPONSOR O F D O L O M I T E S S A S L O N G H A L F M A R AT H O N Last June, Saucony supported Saslong Half Marathon in Val Gardena: 21km on dirt, gravel and rocky routes and trails with 900 meters of elevation gain. The American brand has been involved in the trail running sector for some time now, especially in 2022 where it has decided to develop additional products and support sporting events that share the same values. "Running in natural environments challenging one's limits and enjoying the surrounding landscape is what we love to do." comments Thomas Lorenzi, Tech Rep of Saucony.
B R O O KS B R I N G S T R A I L T R A I N I N G C A M P T O L I V I G N O F R O M 3 T O 7 AU G U S T Brooks launches its first Trail Training Camp which will be open to 30 participants, with a packed calendar of events. “We are really excited about the partnership with the city of Livigno and to present our first training camp dedicated to trail running” says Martina Fogagnolo, Marketing Manager Brooks Italy. "Our goal is to be closer to running communities, because we are convinced that only with direct contact with people can we offer them the best in terms of products, activities in the field and experiences."
FRANÇOIS CAZZANELLI AND PIETRO PICCO O P E N A N E W R O U T E O N N A N G A PA R B AT Six mountain guides, a lot of determination and a single goal: to carry out an expedition to reach the top of Nanga Parbat, preferably by discovering new routes or following the less traveled ones. The expedition from Aosta Valley to Pakistan led by François Cazzanelli and Pietro Picco had to stop for a week at Base Camp due to heavy snow. As the weather improved, François identified a new route that had never been traced but which seemed ideal to climb, taking the group up to 6000m (Camp 2) where the classic Kinshofer route joins.
A D V E N T U R E M O V I E AWA R D S A R E B A C K Between June 29th and July 1st, took place the ninth edition of the Adventure Movie Awards and, year after year, the quality of the movies submitted for the participation has grown dramatically. Not only on a technical level but also in terms of content and storytelling. This year there was also a more intense selection than usual, which ended with the choice of 23 movies from Italy, Spain, USA, Switzerland, Australia, The Netherlands, France, England, Germany and Lebanon, with 5 world premieres, 4 in Europe and 5 in Italy.
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M AT T E O D E L L A B O R D E L L A A I M S FOR A NE W ROUTE ON SIUL A GRANDE Ragno di Lecco member and new Ferrino ambassador Matteo Della Bordella left for a new expedition. His goal? Opening of a new route on the east face of Siula Grande (Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru) which, we recall, has a peak that reaches 6344 meters. Matteo's companions will be Marco Majori, Alessandro Zeni, Filip Babicz and Stefano Cordaro together with the expedition organized by the SMAM (High Mountain Military Section of the Army Sports Center).
D E U T E R : N O T O P F C S S TA R T I N G F R O M S S 2 0 The radical change took place in 2012, when Green Peace launched the "Detox My Fashion" campaign and many chemical suppliers and industries began to work together to be able to make fabrics waterproof through environmentally-friendly processes. deuter has reacted quickly to change and for more than two years has only been using DWR processes that do not involve PFCs, resulting not harmful to both people and the environment. The current results work in the same way as the previous ones, allowing water to slide easily over the surface without soaking the fabric or penetrating it.
A S I C S W E LC O M E S L U CY C H A R L E S - B A R C L AY I N I T S T E A M Lucy Charles-Barclay, reigning Ironman 70.3 world champion who won the Challenge Roth and the European Ironman Championships, joins the ASICS ambassador team. Lucy won Ironman competitions in South Africa, Lanzarote and Frankfurt, as well as finishing second at Kona's Ironman Worlds between 2017 and 2019. All this after 10 years of competitive swimming career. “For me, running has always been a form of freedom. It allows me to go out, explore the world and make me feel relaxed” said the champion.
T H E N O R T H FA C E A N N O U N C E S PA R T N E R S H I P W I T H L G B T Q + A S S O C I AT I O N S On the occasion of Pride Month, The North Face has signed four new partnerships with LGBTQ+ associations across Europe, demonstrating how tangible its commitment is to making the outdoor world ever more inclusive. The collaborations aim to celebrate all those who share a passion for the outdoors and sports and concretely take place in a series of excursions organized by The North Face throughout Europe, with the goal of further expanding the community of fans of outdoor activities. For this campaign, the brand has created a Pride Collection.
PATA G O N I A : R U N N I N G U P F O R A I R I N M I L A N O Last June 25th, took place the third European edition of RUFA, the Patagonia endurance challenge that invited participants to run uphill for cleaner air. In fact, the goal is once again to raise awareness of the quality of the air we breathe, which is now increasingly toxic. That's why for its third edition, Patagonia has decided to bring together runners from all over Europe to raise funds for the 18 environmental associations that are fighting for better air quality across Europe.
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Rearview radar with built-in light and camera designed to make every bike ride safe, day or night. Varia RCT715 continuously records video (with automatic saving in case of an accident), while the radar technology warns of the presence of approaching or overtaking vehicles.
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New entry in the Hybrid line, Anabasis GTX Short is a hiking shoe suitable to meet the needs of both expert hikers and those approaching the mountains for the first time. Support and protection with the lightness and flexibility of a trail running shoe. Upper in different combinations of microfiber and GoreTex Extended Comfort lining.
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Or The James Brand x Vinyl Me Please. The Abbey is a small fixed blade knife made of highly corrosion resistant AR-RPM9 stainless steel. It features a unique grip made from a real vinyl LP. It comes with a Paracord lanyard and housed in a full grain leather sheath.
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An icon for more than five decades, thanks to its innovative roll top design. This special edition of the Playmate features fun stickers that show the graphics of Jeep and are inspired by the souvenirs collected by road travelers. The 7-quart capacity offers enough space for nine 500ml cans.
The highest iteration of design in a limited edition that receives the same treatment normally reserved for collaborations: it is the "Saucony's take on Saucony", the Saucony version of Saucony. The latest launch of this collection is Shadow 6000 Trail, a model in which no detail has been overlooked.
WAVE DAICHI 7 Una scarpa da trail running da uomo che si adegua allo spirito avventuroso di chi pratica questa attività. La nuova Wave Daichi 7 è dotata della MIZUNO WAVE, che ne migliora la struttura, e suola in EVA per una maggiore stabilità senza sacrificare l’ammortizzazione. La leggera suola in gomma Michelin offre un’aderenza impareggiabile in natura e il sistema di calzata regolabile protegge il piede, offrendo un’adattabilità imbattibile.
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The third chapter of Miir's Artist in Residence program saw the participation of the great Chris Burkard, explorer, photographer, creative director and author. Inspired by Iceland, The Halenid collection encourages humans to consider their relationship to wild places as they pursue their daily routine.
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A truly unique set for amazing coloring. The limited edition of Skeletool, Leatherman's legendary 7-in-1 multi-tool, includes a custom case with the classic Topo Design aesthetic. Pliers, knife, bottle opener and tip holder in a nylon sheath with aluminum carabiner and Paracord 550 tie rod.
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The Remade project is part of the path towards sustainability undertaken by CMP. Using inventories of fabric and accessories, CMP has produced a line of winter garments (softshell, fleece and caps) managed entirely in its own factories. The project, which is part of a circular economy and responsible consumption perspective, allows to generate new value from waste materials by making disposal processes more efficient. F.lli Campagnolo is also one of the founding members of the nascent Cobat Tessile consortium for collection and recycling.
THE ALBANIAN GOVERNMENT AND PATAGONIA TOGETHER FOR THE VJOSA NATIONAL PARK The Albanian government has signed a commitment to collaborate with Patagonia for the establishment of the first wild river national park in Europe. The agreement envisages raising the level of protection of the basin and ecosystem of the Vjosa river and its free tributaries to the level of National Park, category II of the IUCN. The ecosystem is home to more than 1100 animal species, including 13 globally threatened, as well as two endangered plant species. These ecological and cultural values offer great opportunities for ecotourism and other economic benefits to the people of the region.
V F W I T H S U M M I T F O U N DAT I O N F O R THE 2022 CLEAN-UP VF Foundation, non profit organization of VF Corporation, announced the donation of $60,000 to the Summit Foundation, an NGO that aims to reduce the environmental impact of humans in highly frequented places. VF Foundation will support the 2022 Clean-Up Tour, a series of initiatives for the col-lection of waste in various Alpine locations between Italy and Switzerland. Through the Clean-Up Tour, Summit Foundation wants to raise awareness of the problem and invite everyone to join forces to preserve the mountain ecosystem. The calendar of dates is available on www.cleanuptour.it. 20
O B E RA L P P R E S E N T S T H E S E V E N T H SU STA I N A B I L I T Y R E P O RT: C O N T R I B U T E 2 0 2 1 1 “It’s in circularity that lies the greatest potential.” In the new sustainability report, more than 60 Oberalp employees told the stories behind the many initiatives that the group has promoted over the past year. As required by the GRI standard, Dynafit, Salewa, Wild Country, LaMunt, Pomoca and Evolv brands have shown the progress achieved in terms of social and economic responsibility. In more than 100 pages, the co-authors illustrated inclusive climbing projects, new cashmere and polyester recycling procedures, electric mobility and social initiatives. The report can be downloaded at www.oberalp.com.
M I Z U N O : 1 0 0 % R E C Y C L E D PA P E R I N S H O E B OX E S As part of its sustainability activities, Mizuno has started making its own packaging with 100% recycled paper. An initiative that involves all categories of shoes, around the world, and which is expected to reduce CO₂ emissions by 160 tons per year. Since 2021 Mizuno has focused on three key areas of sustainability: environmental conservation, physical and mental health through sport and respect for humanity. In particular, in the area of environmental conservation, Mizuno is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
VA U D E : M A S S B A L A N C E APPROACH TO RECYCLING Tires can also be recycled and serve as an alternative to crude oil. With a certified mass balance process, Vaude is the first outdoor company in the textile sector to use a technology that produces polyamide by introducing oil obtained from used tires into the production process. As this alternative raw material is introduced at the beginning of the chain, the resulting product has exactly the same qualities as that manufactured conventionally. A further contribution to the reduction of waste volumes and the conservation of precious resources.
O R T O V OX A I M S T O A C H I E V E C L I M AT E NEUTRALIT Y BY 2024 Achieving climate neutrality by 2024 is a huge goal. Ortovox has set up a packaging reduction project that has saved 25% of CO2 in one year. As for compensation, the brand is focusing on the implementation of measures for the optimization of the supply chain. This is the last, necessary, step to achieve total neutrality: only companies, processes and products whose emissions are offset through recognized environmental protection projects, can in fact be defined as neutral from a climate point of view. 22
ACTIVEWEAR LINE The Activewear line is designed for environmentally friendly adventurers looking for technicality but notonly. «The Activewear line is designed for environmentally friendly adventurers looking for technicality but not only. Lightness, freedom of movement, breathability, insulation, thermoregulation and waterproofing... Armed with cuttingedge technologies and with a reduced carbon footprint, the explorer of surf spots or the most remote summits will stand out all the season long. Our new line of Activewear has been designed for all year round committing adventures : there is no season for outdoor activities! Made of recycled polyester and Tencel, the range is Global Recycled Standard certified and manufactured in Fair Wear Foundation certified factories. Each product also features a durable PFCfree water-repellent treatment to combine high performance with low enviro mental impact.»
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Giant Talon E+ 26’’: Exploring is child's play Giant's new e-bike custom designed for the youngest riders, with 26” wheels. With the increased interest in the outdoor world, it often happens that more and more people would like to go on a bike tour but do not have the right equipment. Maybe the most passionate ones or even the newbies have a bike and other tools to be able to safely proceed towards the next adventure, but what if you want to involve a younger son, brother or cousin? Let's dispel this belief that now kids are always and only attached to smartphones and tablets! Even the youngest ones are hungry for adventure and exploration, to get involved and to live new experiences. But what if most of the products offered by companies in the sector are designed only for "the older riders”? This year Giant took care of it, launching an e-bike completely designed to meet the needs of children and teenagers in terms of performance, safety and design. As anticipated, Talon E+ is fitted with 26'' wheels with tubeless tires that are useful to better manage the e-bike even on wooded grounds, ensuring safety and control. It uses the SyncDrive Move motor in the rear hub, able to offer natural pedaling assistance: in this way, the rider will not have to worry too much about the effort on the climb, dedicating more time to having fun. The light and silent motor ensures up to 30Nm of pedal as-
sistance and it’s equipped with three levels of support: Power, Active and Eco. SyncDrive Move is also equipped with Smart Assist technology which, through five sensors, determines the precise amount of pedaling support to help create a natural riding sensation. The battery used is the Energypak 250, removable and compatible with a range extender, and it allows to increase the total capacity to 250Wh. Talon E+ 26'' design consists of a 100mm fork and a lightweight alumi-
num frame with geometry specially designed for children. The e-bike is completed by the RideControl Dash color display that allows you to view the necessary information while cycling. In this way, the rider can constantly monitor the support modes and view the riding data. Once again, Giant has shown us that cycling is an inclusive and suitable activity for everyone. So, go with the flow! Availability and prices starting from September 1st, 2022.
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La Sportiva Climb Europe During the European tour dedicated to climbers, with workshops and meetings with athletes, we were able to deepen the history of climbing and get to know the brand new Mantra model. 10am, in front of me stands Milan’s Rockspot gym which is completely dedicated to climbing enthusiasts. I proceed quickly with the accreditation and already from a distance I see my goal: La Sportiva stand. I am joined by the staff who pays homage to me with the best clothing for climbing, fresh from the SS22, and then I go to the meeting room. Here, I listen to an excursus about the history of Italian sport climbing, where La Sportiva has played a fundamental role in accompanying climbers from the very first developments of the discipline. Giulia Delladio herself wanted to tell us part of this story, with anecdotes that showed us the great passion, strength and work that led La Sportiva to be born and evolve as a reference point for many people, from outdoor veterans to enthusiasts today. The discussion then moved on to explore relationships with partner brands, such as Vibram, on the care in the design and manufacturing of products and on the new technologies and materials that distinguish the SS22 novelties. At 11am began the first workshop dedicated to studying and practicing how to climb a lead route, managed by Stefano Ghisolfi. The workshop, as you can guess from the theme, was thought for those who are already an advanced level climber and I could not help but admire in disbelief the simplicity with which Stefano and the participants seemed to climb. Around 1pm the gym was invaded by
the scent of food, the muscles of the participants asked for a break to refresh themselves with a good lunch, also attentive to vegans and vegetarians. A second workshop started around 2pm, this time dedicated to intermediate level climbers and managed by Michael Piccolruaz. The theme? How to read a hold. For the occasion, the climbers were able to try the new Mantra indoor climbing shoe but also other models of the brand, in order to understand which was the most suitable for their technique. During the second workshop I reached out to Wafaa Amer, curiously asking her how she was finding herself climbing with Mantras. "I tried them, I really like how they fit my feet because I have a high heel and their shape makes them really comfortable." I had the opportunity to do the same half an hour later with Stefano Ghisolfi and Michael Piccolruaz, to understand how three very different climbing styles can be applied to a single product. Stefano was very firm on his opinion: “I tried the Mantras these days and I enjoyed it a lot because I found them very com-fortable. If I have to summarize them in an adjective, I would say that they are fun, because you can play above all on holds, you can jump well and spread your foot on surfaces." Finally, I reached Michael, who said: "I have tried Mantras and the
first feeling I got is of soft-ness, I will definitely use them for the holds where grip is needed, I think they can help me a lot to improve in that field." After a short pause, he added: “Just a few minutes ago I was the guys from the intermediate workshop and they agree with me, they liked the shoe a lot and said they were satisfied with the test.” At the same time, Climb Europe also took place in other European cities and many other athletes and enthusiasts had the opportunity to try Mantra: in London with James Pear-son, in Barcelona with the Pou brothers, in Vienna there was Hannah Schubert, in Munich Martina Demmel and Jeremy Bonder in Paris. From that moment, the journey of Climb Europe Tour began along 14 countries and with 71 gyms as protagonists. In this way, La Sportiva was able to approach many enthusiasts who, without having to travel for hours, had the opportunity to test the climbing novelties and to train themselves thanks to the expert words and workshops of the athletes. In addition, anyone who took part in the tour will have the opportunity to win some brand products and to participate in the Internatio-nal Athlete Meeting in October 2022 in Val di Fiemme, exactly where La Sportiva has its headquarters.
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Brooks at LUT with Caldera 6 Two days of trail running accompanied by Brooks style with the motto #RunHappy. We tested the new Caldera 6 on different types of trails, a shoe that promises to be a safety for those who measure themselves over long distances and suitable for a large range of trail runners.
Brooks chooses the magnificent setting of Cortina's Lavaredo Ultra Trail to present its next shoe. The American company confirms its commitment and focus on continuous research and development in the world of trail running, through new technologies and increasingly performing and lightweight materials, without neglecting the development of an inclusive and cohesive community. But let's talk about the protagonist, Caldera 6. Once worn, the feeling is of a comfortable and safe shoe, thanks to the redesigned midsole and sole with embossed side walls and enlarged surface, in order to keep the foot firmly in position and to ensure a stable and safe ride. Among the news, the cushioning of the DNA LOFT v3 midsole stands out, a material made with a nitro-infusion process that makes the transition from the ankle to the forefoot incredibly light and fluid, in order to offer maximum softness on any terrain, reconfirming stability and safety of the shoe even on more uneven terrains. How does the DNA LOFT v3 work in detail?
It is a nitrogen infusion technology, softer, lighter and more reactive than DNA LOFT. The DNA LOFT v3 allows you to optimize softness with high precision, without sacrificing weight, durability or responsiveness and ensuring a smooth stride. Among the other features of Caldera 6, we find the TrailTack rubber sole that offers excellent grip and the TPU toe that protects the toes from rocky terrain (which is not lacking here in Cortina). As anticipated, the upper in Air Mesh fabric, light, breathable and quickdrying, helps to keep the foot stable between the foam walls of the midsole, while the widened base stabilizes the impact with the ground and guides the step easily on irregular routes. Once you have gained confidence in the shoe,
you can run on rough and uneven terrains with very little effort and for a long time, as long as our legs allow it. Talking about Caldera 6, Tobias Ernesto Gramajo, Brooks Tec Rep Manager Italia during the presentation confirmed our feelings: "Caldera 6, like all our footwear, is designed so that the midsole, sole and the upper work synergistically to offer perfection, while the upper is inserted into the midsole to secure the foot maximum comfort with the right level of stability. This stability comes from the wide base of the midsole which, combined with DNA LOFT v3, offers maximum cushioning and responsiveness. To complete the work, the design of the outer sole, designed to offer an adaptable run for different terrains.” Ok, that’s all. Now is the time to cheer on the LUT runners.
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Fjällraven & Specialized: The Great Nearby Fjällräven and Specialized gave birth to Caliswede, an imaginary land that combines the philosophy of the two brands, in addition to the way of experiencing nature, in the corresponding places of origin. This concept is told in the “The Great Nearby” campaign, which promotes the collection born from the collaboration. See you in Caliswede, an imaginary land where you can reconnect more easily with nature. How? That’s simple. In Caliswede, a mix between California and Sweden, you can experience the concept of The Great Nearby, "the fantastic world close to home", a way of experiencing the environment in a simple way and without too many frills, where it is not necessary to go somewhere far to find time to spend immersed in nature: just the hill close to the city or the park near home. The goal of Fjällräven and Specialized, creators of the campaign told in a series of vide-
os, is to reassure beginners by showing them how easy it is to find that much sought-after moment of escape. The two brands manage to create a special union, different products but a philosophy that goes hand in hand, where being comfortable in nature respecting it is the priority. This union has managed to create a new perspective, which pushes the viewers to enter their Great Nearby and discover it with completely different, more lucid and curious eyes. At the product level, the two companies have managed to create a line that
manages to combine biking technology with the functionality of hiking, designing items that can accompany enthusiasts in the discipline that best encompasses the two worlds: bikepacking. No matter if you are a beginner or a great traveler, the mood is always the same: The Great Nearby represents a way to disconnect from stress and to relax in nature, and it's easy to do it if supported by the right equipment. The project aims to give everyone what they need to be able to enjoy an adventure at any time, including people who do not have the habit of leaving the city or visiting natural places. To be able to be so versatile, the collection is structured on a simple and minimal design but which is still attractive, so that anyone can move from the city to nature while maintaining a casual style. Excellent news for cyclists who want to go unnoticed in the city, we know that it is slightly more difficult with classic lycra clothing.
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The Pill Base Camp Summer Edition: Finalborgo An unconventional B2B event On Sunday 26 and Monday 27 June, 2022, Finalborgo hosted our The Pill Base Camp. For a first edition, the numbers are astounding: 131 outdoor stores have tested and inspected the Spring Summer 2023 products of 52 brands. Product tests, presentations, talks and many other activities but there was more, including races at sunrise and sunset with colleagues and friends, live music, aperitifs and a decidedly outdoor friendly climate, let's say a "The Pill" atmosphere. All this under a clear blue
sky and breathing the sea air, feelings that only the outdoors can give us. What framed us was one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy, which interacted perfectly with us and our guests. We did it again. The winter version of The Pill Base Camp in Pila was definitely not enough for us, on the contrary it encouraged us not to stop and to propose a summer version after just a little more than 4 months. Finalborgo proved to be a new home for outdoor enthusiasts and experts, welcoming us warmly and hosting us right at the entrance of the village, in front of the medieval Porta Testa located in the square that bears the same name.
It’s time to go. It’s 9 am, on the hot Sunday of June 26th. The scent of Ligurian focaccia coming from the gates of the Borgo calls us to the village like a muse, we eat breakfast electrified by the desire to start the day, just like the first buyers who gather at the entrance to get accredited and to start testing as soon as possible the news of the 2023 Spring Summer collections. At each accreditation, we take care to welcome everyone by telling what awaits them: talks, comparisons, presentations, but above all many tests related to the world of running, hiking and climbing, all wi-thin reach, as they say. In fact, a few meters from The Pill village, there are trails for incredible walks, breathtaking runs and cliffs to climb: the only common element is the arrival at the top with a sea view (not that bad!). The tests are free, but for the less solitary people we have organized a series of running sessions with The Pill’s crew and many others with the brands present.
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Thanks to our main sponsor Komoot we have always run safely without getting lost, which allowed us to discover the nature of Finale in complete tranquility. During the event we recommended three routes, all previously traced on the Komoot app by our editorial team in total comfort (for those who want, there are many excellent proposals from other users relating to the area but ours are cooler!). The first of our tours (1km - 0 D+) was proposed to introduce the most intere-sting streets and corners of the village, leaving the opportunity to try the products without any elevation gain. The second one (2km - 90 D+) includes a trail in nature up to the Gavone Castle, while the third one (6km - 280 D+) has been developed for the more experienced runners, for lovers of fatigue who want to conquer an enchanting panorama with a sea view. At The Pill Base Camp we had the opportunity to perceive the comings and goings of buyers, a constant exchange between people who return sweaty and with swollen calves and others who, before leaving, allow themselves a moment to study the first feelings of the product worn. The day went by quickly, amidst the curiosities arising from the two 70s caravans at the entrance (ours and the one of the Alba Optics guys) up to the more technical presentations of some brands. The light started to go down together with the heat: the golden hour began to approach. The hour called us for an aperitif and just at the same moment we heard music coming from the center of the village: Boris & Chico's live has begun. The two musicians managed to help create the classic The Pill mood, with covers of songs made with guitar and harmonica. Accompanying the live performance, there were many cans of beer by Tecnica and pasta with Ligurian pesto from Niasca Portofino, according to many one of the best pesto ever tasted. In this moment of relaxation, all the participants in the
village were able to do what we most wanted to happen: confrontation, laughters, chatters. Although apparently trivial, together with the tests, the comparison is for us the beating heart of this event, what most involves people, which makes the business grow and which allows everyone to improve, whether it is the performance of a product or the sales techniques. Themes such as sustainability, the future of the sector, new technologies and materials, the demands of the end consumers, but also the difficulties of brands in producing and distributing or selling in stores were the focus of discussions between colleagues. The following Monday started before the village opened with a sea view morning run led by the entire The Pill crew (yes, in addition to writing we also run for real). Then, as soon as the doors opened, the turnout of buyers and professionals in the sector became even more important than the day before. The day was again interspersed with tests, comparisons and lots of chatter. After the last tests, the The 34
Pill crew and the exhibitors began to tear down what had been our home for two days, satisfied with the work done and ready to return to the office, with a bit of melancholy in leaving the magical place of Finalborgo, just a few hundred meters from the sea. We would like to thank our faithful friends of Komoot who support us everywhere and always guide us in the most hidden routes of our mountains, the hospitality and trust of Finalborgo and Finaleoutdoor, without which this edition would not have existed, all the buyers present and their curiosity and finally all the companies that, despite being the first edition, participated and made The Pill Base Camp possible. See you on Sunday 22 and Monday 23 January for The Pill Base Camp Winter Edition and Sunday 11 and Monday 12 June, 2023, for the summer edition. Which location? There will be big surprises shortly.
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Parvat Made in Arco Parbat is a new generation brand born in the cradle of climbing: Arco. We interviewed the two founders, Samuel Betta and Mattia Gardella, to get to know what we would define more as a mission oriented towards a complete reuse of the main mate-rial of this sport: the rope.
November 2021, Nago (TN), Ciclopi’s sector. I don't know if I did the right thing accepting an invitation to go climbing with this group of people I don't know: I haven’t been climbing for many months and these guys, however kind and helpful, are much better trained than me. I start with a little warm up on a 5c. Needless to say, it takes me some time, but I close the route and Samuel tries to console me with his friend Mattia. They pull a camera out of nowhere and start shooting at their mate who is performing a fascinating gesture, drawing lines with elegant movements on the rock. He is wearing a colorful shirt, which strikes me with the logo. Mattia and Samuel explain to me that they have recently started their own brand: Parbat. May 2022, Arco (TN), historic centre. This time I have no doubts: I accept a beer and a chat with Samuel and Mattia without question. The appointment is at the former Carmellini car park and together we cross the main street of the Trentino town to reach the square: the atmosphere here, as always,
vibrates and my two friends stop at almost every store to say hello. That's Arco for you. They proudly show me the window that a shop has decided to dedicate to them, with their products and a poster where I recognize the protagonist. Spring is now well over and the heat is starting to rise. We sit in the town square. “Beer?" Samuel and Mattia, tell us something about yourselves. We were born in Arco, we grew up among these walls that we have always loved and started to appreciate a few years ago, when the passion for climbing broke out. Living here is a privilege: we are in the cradle of climbing and we love this atmosphere. I personally love all disciplines, but bouldering is what I prefer. Samuel instead prefers long routes. What does climbing mean to you? Climbing is a complete activity, I
would define it as an ongoing process, always. Everyone has their own style, their own approach, but the essence remains a competition with yourself, a challenge that allows you to reflect on your person even outside the crag. And it makes you grow. Climbing reconciles meditation and for this reason we have chosen a name for our brand that recalls this aspect. The practice of meditation was born in ancient times in Punjab, India, and using the Hindi word for “mountain” seemed to us the right solution to convey our concept of climbing. How was Parvat born? Two years ago we asked ourselves why there was still no brand dedicated to this sector that was based right here. And so from that little chat we began to conceive something more serious, but with a very specific goal. At least 30 ropes are decommissioned every month in Arco
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alone and our main suppliers find it difficult to dispose of these materials. We have gathered some information about it and old ropes constitute waste from an incinerator or landfill and in both cases a fee is required for disposal. Our mission is to skip these steps, treating old ropes not as waste, but as a resource. What we do is to recover these ropes, wash them and give them a new life through accessories such as chalk bags, bands and belts. We have many projects in the pipeline and we are experimenting, every day we sew and modify. What do you mean when you say that you “sew”? It means that we’re the ones that sew, we have learned thanks to a course and we are honing our skills. In addition, we are attending a pattern making course to expand the collection. In fact, we have already included our organic cotton
t-shirts since a couple of seasons and they’re having a great success. Our satisfaction is undeniable when we see people on the crag with our Parbat shirt, Made in Arco. You’re just at the beginning, but you’ve already got some satisfactions... We are very cautious, but the enthusiasm that distinguishes us has led us to meet many people, including a couple of athletes we now sponsor. We are present with our products in some climbing gyms, where we go to present the project and raise awareness on the collection of used ropes. It is important for us to create a community around the brand that shares our same values and our vision. Last year Parvat, only five months after its launch, was selected by the Province of Trento as a finalist among the best 60 Italian companies working in upcycling. It was a gre-
at honor for us to be present at the awards ceremony and to talk about our startup. Last but not least, since the birth of our project we have collaborated with Treecelet, a Slovenian startup that is committed to planting trees in nine locations around the world. We donate part of our turnover to them. Do you have a distribution network? We do not have a real distribution network yet, because our priority at the moment is to find as many ropes as possible to realize our products. We are starting to be distributed in the most important stores in the sector, but our production is still subordinated to the raw material, and that makes our business sustainable. It is no coincidence that we have chosen a claim that says “Eco not Ego” which in its simplicity clearly and precisely communicates our vision.
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Rudy Project presents: All you need is snow Ski mountaineering is the most fascinating sport we know because it requires strength, endurance, personal safety and technical knowledge. It’s capable of uniting us with the mountain, which allows itself to be explored asking us for the utmost respect in return. When silence takes over and the tourist selection begins, the winter environment gives us calm and serenity. We started practicing ski mountaineering about ten years ago like many people, looking for perfect slopes dressed with soft snow. Then evolution, personal growth and the desire to get involved made us understand that the true essence of this sport is hidden in the second part of the word itself: mountaineering. Combining skiing with mountaineering is something unique, a multidiscipline that requires hours of choosing the itinerary and preparing the equipment, including ice axes, crampons, quickdraws, ropes, and then skis, skins, bindings, helmets, clothing, food and the list never seems to end. Not satisfied, we have added cameras, drones, batteries, insta360s, all to document adventures in an unusual environment. One of the worst winter seasons in recent years, in terms of snowfall, has forged the “All you need is snow” project, which is based on pure personal curiosity. Exploring the mountains despite everything, beyond the optimal conditions, beyond the beaten routes, aware that we would
not find conditions worthy of perfect skiing to share on social networks, but sure that we would have brought home a raw, complete, mentally and physically constructive experience. While the heat at high altitude melted the little snow that settled and the conditions seemed at the limit, especially on those exposed itineraries that leave no room for error, we chose three mountains that are symbols of the Dolomites: Pelmo, Antelao and Cima Vezzana. Three peaks with very different features. The thousand environmental variables that this sport is capable of creating, climbing a snow-covered mountain and looking for the best line to descend it remains something unique. An involvement of the whole body, of the whole mind and of the whole spirit. We went up to Monte Pelmo on March 21st, 2022, sleeping at night in the winter bivouac of the Rif.Venezia
and starting at dawn. The normal route, to reach the famous "Caregon del Padreterno", the amphitheater before the summit, which makes the Pelmo a unique mountain, requires the passage through the exposed Cengia di Ball, a route overhanging in the void to be covered with skis on your shoulders both outward and return. Leaving the ledge we continued up to the summit following the snowpack, which in some points left room for the rocks. In about twelve hours of travel we made a few curves on hard snow, before resuming the ball ledge and descending into Val di Zoldo. The following weekend we climbed Antelao, the King of the Dolomites. Its pyramidal shape is recognizable from miles away. The normal route climbs along the northern back of rocky slabs, called “Le Laste” and usually in the snowy winters it turns into a huge slide that gives satisfaction for the descent.
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We found hard snow and stones that led us to alternate between skiing and walking. Furthermore, having not used the ski lifts of the Scotter Palatini Refuge, the overall elevation gain was over 2000 meters, collecting fewer curves in total than those we had allowed ourselves on Monte Pelmo. After Pelmo and Antelao we waited a few weekends, before approaching Cima Vezzana, thanks to the weather that gave some snow in the Dolomites. In fact, the irony of fate wanted us to come across the most wintery conditions on the most advanced itinerary of the spring season. Cima Vezzana is the highest peak of Pale di San Martino, separated from its younger brother, Cimon della Pala, by the Travignolo valley, our goal, which despite the northern exposure had not accumulated enough snow to cover the huge wedged boulder in its center, requiring a climbing part. During the ascent we hoped the sun would warm the snowpack and in fact the descent was able to excite us, despite everything we also like to ski on soft snow, giving us a noteworthy end of the season. All you need is snow is curiosity, friendship, fun and above all awareness of a precarious climatic situation, which, regardless of future curves on skis, should lead us all to question ourselves.
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ASICS State of Mind Index The study carried out globally by ASICS has shown that there is a positive link between mo-vement and mental well-being, but also highlighted the potentially worrying consequences of a generational gap when coming to physical activity.
Starting from the Mind Race research, which involved thousands of participants around the world, ASICS has revealed the impact of inactivity on our mental health. Led by Dr. Brendon Stubbs, of London’s King's College, one of the leading researchers on the relationship between movement and mind. By stopping any type of physical exercise for a whole week, the mental state of these people suffered an impact similar to a week of interrupted sleep, noting an increase in the state of agitation. The results showed consequences on both cognitive and emotional wellbeing, such as the loss of self-confidence, positivity and the abili-ty to cope with stress. After just one week without a regular exercise routine, the overall State of Mind score drop-ped by an average of 18%. To know more about the issue, we asked Dr. Stubbs himself a few questions.
First of all, what is the State of Mind Index? State of Mind Index is a tool, developed through extensive research, which serves to capture people's emotional and cognitive health through 10 metrics, including positivity, satisfaction, relaxation, concentration and composure. The original elements for the State of Mind Index were developed from EEG (electroencephalogram) experiments and translated into the current selfassessment tool. Each of the metrics is rated from 0 to 10 providing a total value from 0 to 100. The study from an early stage showed the correlation between physical exercise and mental health: the more we move, the more likely our mental well-being score is. From this research it emerged that people who do more physical activity have a higher State of Mind
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score: those who practice sports (medium-high intensity, more than 150 minutes per week) have an average score of 68/100, in relation to 56/100 of inactive people (a medium-high intensity activity of less than 30 minutes a week). The large gap between the two scores shows how vital movement is to maintaining and improving one's mental health. We knew about the benefits of exercise, but this significant difference proves its potential. When I look at the results of Italy as a nation, it worries me to see it among the most inactive counties of all the ones we interviewed: only 29% of the population completes more than 150 minutes of exercise a week. The study, however, also highlighted the potentially worrying impact that low levels of physical activity can have on younger generations. Adult people move more and have a higher mental wellbeing score, unlike the younger age groups. The research has revealed important differences in physical activity between generations. Older people (aged 57 and over) do an average of nearly an hour of activity per week, moving much more than Generation Z. This result had a big impact on each group's State of Mind score. 54% of the elderly population worldwide regularly practice sports with a positive result on their mental wellbeing, reporting an average score of 67/100. On the contrary, only 45% of the population belonging to Gen Z (18 - 24 years old) practices sports and, consequently, corresponds to a much lower score than the older counterpart (59/100). One of the key messages that ASICS and I need to share is really asking Generation Z to be more involved in exercise than they currently are. People usually think that 30 minutes of exercise is the bare minimum to feel better, but the
Uplifting Minds study found that about 15 minutes of activity can be enough to lift our mental state, even after long periods of inactivity. Yes, it is another key factor that ASICS and I have discovered in our recent research. It is commonly thought that to experience the benefit of sport it is necessary to move for a long time. However, we have shown that only a little more than 15 minutes of movement is sufficient to perceive a benefit. 15:09 minutes to be exact. If we want to put this discovery in the context of Italy's State of Mind Score for a moment, the statistics prove that it would not take such an extensive effort to start bringing the index towards the global average. Even just a relatively short period of exercise would be a great way to start achieving this goal. But how do you measure the real impact of the movement and grasp its effect on a global scale? There are several ways to measure the impact of movement on the body, but it's not that simple to quantify the actual impact it has on people's minds. Therefore, to understand the link between movement and psyche in more detail, we invited 37,000 people from all over the world to move with us as part of our State of Mind Index. To draw scientific conclusions about multiple geographies and sporting activities, we needed to find a reliable and standardized way that would allow people to understand the effects of movement on their minds. Based on a first phase of research, conducted using EEG technology, we have developed the Mind Uplifter tool that allows you to simulate the EEG study method on a global scale and to grasp the emotional and cognitive state of people, before and after the physical exercise. Anyone who uses Mind Uplifter can see the effects of movement on their mind, perhaps for the first time. The anony-
mous data of the instrument feeds the study in real time, in the form of an interactive map. Thousands of people participated by uploading their Mind Uplift status and providing valuable information. As stated by Gary Raucher (Employer Value Proposition ASICS EMEA), the attention that the brand is placing on the uplifting power that sport and movement have not only on the body, but also on the mind, has never been more important. The past two years have been tough for the mental health of many people. While it's not the answer for everyone, exercise can make a difference. ASICS hopes to inspire more people to move, even for just 15 minu-tes, and feel the benefits on body and mind.
Anyone who uses Mind Uplifter can see the effects of movement on their mind, perhaps for the first time. The anonymous data of the instrument feeds the study in real time, in the form of an interactive map.
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ON, Hiking & Mental Health, a hike to stop rumination Extreme urbanization without natural spaces, fast pace, traffic and many other factors bring more and more stress into the life of those who live in cities. Going for a hike in na-ture could be a solution to regain a better mental well-being.
How many times have you ever wanted to escape to give yourself a moment, just to be able to breathe deeply and stop that unstoppable flow of stress and negative thoughts? Don't worry, it's more and more common and more and more frequent. Since 2015 there have been several studies (we can mention one of the most interesting, carried out by Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment) that show that 90 minutes of walking in a natural context are enough to counteract rumination, or the excessive focus on negative thoughts that often flows into an endless loop. Physical movement is not enough to feel better, you also need an adequate enviroment: the same distance and walking method car-ried out in a busy area does not
help in the least to lower the levels of stress and rumination. Since 2015 these studies have carried out by various institutes, and some outdoor companies have begun to use this information to be able to raise awareness as much as possible, aspiring to a planet with happier inhabitants and respectful of what helps them to remain so: nature. One of these companies is On which recently decided to focus on the physical but above all mental benefits of hiking in nature. In fact, On on several occasions mentioned studies that said that it takes only 120 minutes a week of walking immersed in nature to be more likely to feel healthy. But let's see exactly how the combination of hiking and nature is potentially beneficial for the mind and the body.
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On on several occasions mentioned studies that said that it takes only 120 minutes a week of walking immersed in nature to be more likely to feel healthy. First of all, hiking has the ability to increase the blood supply to the brain, improving the neural connections in the areas that control cognitive functions and in particular memory. Furthermore, again according to the aforementioned Stanford study, it was found that outdoor activity calms the area linked to mental illness, reducing the tendency to have negative thoughts and, to a small extent, depression. From a physical point of view, another potential of hiking in nature is the increase in resistance and the strengthening of bones and muscles. To demonstrate these benefits, several researchers studied groups of high altitude ultrarunners who train twice a week for six weeks. The result is a clear detachment of the time it takes to get tired compared to the average, as much as 35% longer resistance time. In addition, six different muscle groups work at each step and, as previously mentioned, the impact stresses and strengthens the bones. On has collected all this data with the aim of raising awareness on the issue and providing the right tools to accompany people on this path of reconciliation with nature, with their minds and bodies. In this way, it allows the hiker to feel free to enjoy the experience without having to worry about comfort, rain or type of terrain. We recommend a shoe that could support you on your next trip to nature, starting from paved roads to the most hidden paths in the woods close to home.
Cloudtrax The On shoe developed for hiking is super versatile for those who change terrain, ideal for those who live in the city and who love to travel in nature once or more times a week. This is possible in particular thanks to the Missiongrip sole, with different traction systems that help grip even on technical terrains or on rocky trails. The durable midsole combines with the soft CloudTec elements offer stability, precision and cushioning, the result is constant comfort. A breathable mesh and water-repellent fabric give the final touch to performance, making Cloudtrax a shoe that is not afraid of intense activity or climate changes. A final notewor-
thy feature for us is that the shoe is realized with over 85% recycled polyester, in addition, more than 15% of the entire shoe comes from recycled materials.
A shoe that is not afraid of intense activity or climate changes. A final noteworthy feature for us is that the shoe is realized with over 85% recycled polyester, in addition, more than 15% of the entire shoe comes from recycled materials.
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The 10 rules of trail running BY TOMMASO BERNACCHI
Natalia Schneider shares her tips and tricks for running in the mountains
I had a chat with Natalia Schneider, the first licensed trail running guide in the Chiemgau region, Germany, and part of the deuter Alpine Family. “Trail running is soul running” says Natalia. She has put all her knowledge and expertise into the development of deuter’s new trail running pack, Ascender.
What should I focus on when running uphill? Stay relaxed and loose, and keep a steady pace. Try and keep your back straight while running and your upper body tilted slightly forward. If the gradient gets steeper, take smaller, quicker steps. Over really steep ground, walking is often faster than running. Consciously use your arms, and adapt the movement to your speed and the terrain. Scan the ground further ahead so you can quickly spot and react to obstacles. What should I focus on when running downhill? Running downhill requires your full attention and you need to be surefooted. Don’t look at your feet, look a few metres ahead, so you don’t fall. Keep your arms wider apart and use them to help maintain better balance. Don’t brake hard on steep downhill sections and do not lean back under any circumstance. What features should a trail running backpack offer? And what kind of pack should I use? A running backpack is an essential piece of kit for trail running. The new trail running pack from deuter has wide, ergonomic, vest-style shoulder straps with bungee cord compression, thin, adjustable sternum straps and soft material against the back so that it wraps around the torso to create a seamless, garment-like fit. The lightweight Ascender backpack therefore offers complete freedom of movement and zero load wobble, especially when moving at speed or leaping. The vest-style shoulder straps feature pockets to stow various items. This clever way of organizing the gear means that you can access it anytime, without breaking stride. Ascender is also sustainably made and durable. The body fabric is 100% recycled, PFC-free and bluesign certified. Why are poles important for trail running? Trail running poles help with balance and stability, and save energy, especially on steep uphill sections. Using poles eases the strain on the calf and thigh muscles and distributes it more evenly across the muscles in the back, arms and shoulders. However, using poles must be practiced and requires good coordination. On the downhill, poles help absorb the impact and for more experienced runners they are an aid for jumping over obstacles without losing momentum.
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What can I do to avoid injuries? Keep working on your running technique to eliminate unnecessary strain. Slowly increase your level of exertion. Also train responsiveness, coordination, stability and balance so that you can master the challenges the terrain throws at you. And don’t forget to always warm up, stretch, and warm down. How should I prepare myself? In the mountains the weather can suddenly change. So it’s important to have the right gear. Take enough food and water, and some extra in case you take longer than expected. For safety purposes, you should take a fully-charged mobile phone with you, a safety whistle, and a small first aid kit including a space blanket. A little headlamp or a paper-format map can also be useful. When it comes to the weather, what should I watch out for? Before heading out, check the weather forecast and keep an eye on conditions throughout your run. It’s best to run early in the day since most thunderstorms tend to pass through in the afternoon. With approaching thunderstorms avoid exposed situations and bodies of water, and seek out a sheltered spot. If you can’t find shelter, then squat down making yourself into a ball, pull your legs and knees in, and keep your head tucked in. Keep all metal pieces of gear well away from you during a storm. Bury your mobile phone down in the centre of your backpack and place it at a safe distance away from you. Keep a minimum of 3 metres between you and all other people or objects. For trees, it’s 10 metres. What should I do in an emergency situation? The general emergency number (throughout most of Europe) is 112. When calling, be prepared to answer these 5 questions: Where? What? When? Which kind of injury? How many? When administering first aid, never place yourself in danger. First, assess the wounded person's circulation (and insulation). Place them in the recovery position. If you suspect their heart is the cause of the emergency, then sit them upright. If dehydrated or losing lots of blood, raise their legs. Any heavy bleeding should be stemmed as soon as possible. If a helicopter is on the way, secure all items that may get blown away in the downdraft and make the accident site more visible, e.g. with bright-coloured clothing. For resuscitation use the following: 30:2 (compression to breath ratio), 100/min, minimum 5cm compression depth. How should I behave on the trails and in nature? Trails are a gift and need to be protected so that they can be used by trail runners for years to come. Pay attention to signs and notices. Restrictions must be heeded without exception. Stick to the trail. And if you have to go cross-country, do it carefully. Leave no trace. Go quietly, so as not to disturb the wildlife. And never feed the animals. Leave the natural world intact. What is the trail running code of conduct? Trail runners are not the only ones who use trails. Which is why always being friendly and polite is the most important trail etiquette of all. Always be considerate and use your common sense. Make space for others to overtake you if needed, and if overtaking someone else, only do so slowly and maintaining a safe distance.
deuter The Great Ascent with Ascender Those who go the mountains, usually aim high, allow me the pun. They look for new challenges, in order to overcome their limits every day, step by step, meter by meter of elevation gain. And for great ascents, you need the right companions: some friends with the same passion and a backpack that can carry everything you need for running in the mountains. Frantic lives, especially in the city, have also affected the outdoor world to a small extent, keeping stress in urban areas and giving nature the strength to challenge themselves and the mountains, not only conquering the altitude difference agreed at the start but also having the freedom to do it as fast as you like. So disciplines such as trail running and speed hiking exploded, the demand moved so quickly that companies had to prepare an adequate response in a timely manner. So they have found a way to offer products that could support fans of the new current, maintaining a recognizable identity imprint without sacrificing adequate performance. And there are those who have managed to do something more: deuter, with its new Ascender backpack. In fact, Ascender has the ability to combine the worlds of trail running and speed hiking: lightweight enough for running and roomy enough for a longer hike but still with a fast pace. But there’s more, one of the features that deuter does not give up is comfort, a fundamental aspect in every product of the brand. In fact,
it has equipped Ascender with wide and ergonomic shoulder straps that fit like a vest. This backpack also uses elastic compression straps, adjustable sternum straps and a soft fabric on the back, features that give life to a fit very similar to the one of a garment with the ability to remain stable regardless of the type of terrain and of the impact of the steps. As previously mentioned, it has a capacity that allows the transport of the necessary equipment: inside the main compartment, in fact, it has an elasticized mesh pocket in order to protect the contents and keep it stable. In addition, the shoulder straps are equipped with pockets that are easy to reach even in the middle of the activity, the advice is to keep what you may need at hand, from water bottles to mobile phones, up to GPS and handkerchiefs. Another very convenient feature to use is the holster on the front of one of the two shoulder straps, which allows you to quickly access the folding poles without having to stop during the activity. In terms of stability, Ascender works through the adjustable compres-
sion straps that ensure compactness on the back, minimizing the oscillations of the load both uphill and downhill. The back system deuter Lite makes it very comfortable but, in case you want to become even lighter, you can remove the back padding, losing 15 grams of total weight. The anti-condensation protection on the back completes the performance of the backpack, ensuring that the objects inside are not affected by moisture. It has a unisex use that differs in two sizes: a 7-liter version (315g) ideal for fast hikes with minimal equipment. The second 13 liter version (340g) has a longer back, suitable for longer hikes with a heavier load. In addition, I want to give you one last info: the body fabric is made from 100% recycled materials and it’s bluesign certified. And like all new deuter products from 2020, the Ascender is also PFC-free. A great way to go to nature trying to respect it as much as possible.
Correre come Panificare Davide Palluda BY DENIS PICCOLO
Davide Palluda was born 51 years ago in a family with a complete lack of interest in cooking. But attending a hotel school he has been fascinated by the ingredients and this passion led him to wander among international restaurants, training through different types of cuisine. At the age of 24, there was a turning point: the opportunity to open a restaurant in the kindergarten where he grew up, in Canale nel Roero, Piedmont. “all'Enoteca" was born, characterized by a simple and elegant cuisine, also recognized by Michelin with a star in 2000. Chef but also runner, in nature he learned to appreciate the beauty of the areas where he grew up because: "the more you know one thing, the more you respect it.” What kind of imprint did your first restaurant have? Definitely a simpler, uncomplicated cuisine, but after a short time I realized that I could do more. At 27, my cooking evolved and I won several awards: Young Chef of the Year for Espresso, Young Chef of the Year for Gambero Rosso, a Michelin star. All these came very fast.
The more you run and the more you immerse yourself in the territory and in nature, the more you respect them. If we walked more in our territory, there wouldn't be all this rubbish on the ground. A well-done run or brisk walk changes your life, makes you appreciate food more, gives you awareness of your body: outdoor sports make you feel really good, both physically and mentally.
When was your passion for sport born? I used to ride a bike without ever excelling, I cycled regularly until I was 32. Then I had a kind of burnout because of a mix of work, children and family and I didn't have much time left. Following the advice of friends I started running and, maybe it was because of some chemical process, but my body felt better after a few times. I always recommend starting like me, with someone who already knows what to do and who can give you advice about movements and about the right shoe. Nowadays I run three times a week, I change the hours I run during the year and my life has improved significantly.
Is there anything in running that can be associated with cooking? The artisan bakery technique. The waiting, the performance, the preparation, the precise timing, the attention to detail. The idea of bread, which is not a simple support but a menu item, if you make a mistake in the baking process, the final result is compromised. Baking (and cooking in general) is an act of love towards others, running is an act of love towards yourself. Today you run with Saucony’s Endorphin Edge, a decidedly innovative and technological shoe. As in a dish, even behind a shoe there is much more than mere appearance. You’ve mentioned one of the most important topics of the last decade. Today we have ar-
I guess that here in Roero running is amazing. Yes, there are some wonderful trails.
rived at a cuisine that is more ethical than aesthetic. The shoes I tried on did not surprise me only for their shape, lightweight and beauty, they surprised me because I felt like I wasn't wearing them. Sometimes in a dish you don't know the whole process to make it (and you don't need to know it) but you appreciate its taste, the final result. It’s the same for this shoe, I am not aware of all its technical features and of the research and development of those who designed it, but I appreciate its performance. We cannot be experts in everything, but when you find a balanced dish (in this case, a product) you feel it and you can appreciate it. Simple because it is uncomplicated, you just need to remove the superfluous to focus on the things that really make a difference.
mething is cut in a certain way it can be eaten in one bite. I am very fascinated by this kind of cuisine, although I don't use it a lot. Back to sports, you've recently run your first trail running race, is that right? Yes, I really loved it. Perhaps it was the most complete contact with nature, with wonderful places, I had, less mannered I would say. I liked the idea of running to fully experience the area around me. People says that while running a race you always think that you have never trained enough. That’s completely right, it's the meaning of life though! The ambition, the goals. What's wrong with having goals? It is essential, sport teaches not to give up, to do everything to reach them. If I had to give a young guy a piece of advice, it would be to dream big, to think of becoming the best in the world, to leave your mark, to find your own style.
Is there a dish you've eaten that you would have liked to invent yourself? There are so many, one of the dishes that impressed me was Enrico Crippa's salad (Piazza Duomo, Alba). I wondered “how can something so beautiful be tasty?” In the end, it was much more tasty than beautiful.
Sometimes in a dish you don't know the whole process to make it (and you don't need to know it) but you appreciate its taste, the final result. It’s the same for this shoe, I am not aware of all its technical features and of the research and development of those who designed it, but I appreciate its performance.
Is there any chef that inspired you? There are several, each of them inspired me for different things. I have always tried to follow Marchesi's advice on commitment, elegance, example as a high form of teaching. I looked to France for the precision, to Spain for inspiration, to the East for levity. Putting these things together my style was born. Is there a cuisine that is evolving that represents a reference for you? It would be normal for me to tell you about Scandinavian cuisine, made of fermentation and acidity. However, it is not an evolution but a discovery for us Europeans. As for me, I would say Japanese and Asian cuisine in general, very modern and complicated. We have found that if so-
On Everest to touch the sky Andrea Lanfri BY F R A N C E S C O STAT I
The mountaineer, paralympic athlete from Lucca and Ferrino ambassador reached the highest peak in the world and set the record for the fastest and highest running mile in the world. Andrea Lanfri did it. The Tuscan Paralympic athlete, who in 2015, at the age of 29, lost his legs and seven fingers due to meningitis with meningococcal sepsis, climbed Everest with the help of the mountain guide Luca Montanari. He is the first in this condition to do that, and it is not the only record achieved in this expedition: Lanfri, before climbing, also set the world record for the distance of one mile at high altitude, stopping the clock at 9 minutes and 48 seconds. A challenge in the challenge accomplished by the Italian record holder of the 100, 200 and 400 Paralympic meters dash who, despite the current regulations preventing him from running on the track, retains his passion for athletics and combines it with the one for mountaineering. We interviewed him at the end of the climb to talk about his route, his goals and the view from the highest peak in the world.
It was born from the idea of challenging myself, more than the mountain. In 2019 I went to Ecuador to climb a three-thousander, after having succeeded, I asked myself: why not try to go higher? I wanted to test my limits and raise the bar. Eight years ago happened something that changed your life. What memories do you have of those days? It all started on January 21st, 2015. I woke up numb, I was so cold. My luck is having called the medical guard: when they arrived they found me in bed in a comatose state. I only remember the phone call from that day. Then, two months later, I woke up in the hospital in Lucca. I also passed through the one of Florence, but I have no memory of it. I dreamed for two months, I still remember the images of that long sleep, of that parallel reality in which I was stuck without knowing it... Upon awakening I had no idea what had happened, I could not move my arms or legs, let alone talking. I communicated with a slate by moving my eyes to the letters, a slow and tiring
When did climbing Everest become a possibility? Where did the idea of carrying out this challenge come from?
process, also because I was tracheotomized and was breathing through a tube. The first few weeks were hard, alienating, I felt isolated, despite the fact that the doctor who was treating me had told me everything that had happened to me. It was the worst time. I still had all of my limbs, but I was experiencing tremendous and continuous pain in my hands and feet, despite the painkillers. I was in this steady state for a few months, then my clinical picture worsened in late April due to septicemia. I was put in a medically-induced co-ma and I was "cut" for what I am now.
was constantly changing poles. At that moment it was all very difficult and tiring, a little for the novelty of the approach, a little for the physical form. Moreover, due to the effort and the little training I had, I broke one of the muscles that had atrophied and I had to stay stop for two weeks: I could not move the trunk, nor the pelvis, nor the neck. In the following months I improved from all points of view, slowly I resumed all my activities. Indeed, not too slowly: the doctors told me it would take me about 2-3 years before returning to normal, instead it took me about 11 months. Shortly before Christmas I started training on the track with running prostheses: I can say that I did rehabilitation by running, even if the exercises I did were only standing with the blades. Because of the drugs, I also had all my senses impaired, my vision was very low, my hair had fallen out, but training greatly accelerated the return to normal.
What was it like to start again after the amputations? The doctors had prepared me for this eventuality and, so to speak, I was looking forward to it. From my awakening to the amputations it is as if I had carried a weight: the pain I had, especially in my feet, tormented me day and night, if I could I would have cut them myself. When I woke up both of them were gone: the legs and the pain. I was really feeling very good at that moment, without them, I felt relieved. I have always been convinced that I would find a way to start again, despite everything. Doctors talked to me about prostheses, I didn't know at all what they were and how to use them, but I was curious and impatient to leave again. Of course, after all that idle time I had to "relearn how to walk": of the six months I spent in the hospital, four of them were bottle-fed, I lost 27 kilos, I was skeletal and had atrophied muscles. Once I had the first prostheses, in August 2015, I immediately tried to go in the mountains, but the body could not stand my desire to start over. I remember my first attempt at trekking on the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines on Monte Prado. I had the prostheses for two weeks and I wanted to go for a walk in the mountains. I remembered it as simple and short trek, but after less than two kilometers I was destroyed, I lost my balance, I
A few years ago you practiced athletics, setting numerous records. Then, a change of rules prevented you from continuing to compete, but you still have the passion for running and you took it with you, to Everest, trying to accomplish a real challenge in the challenge… Running, for me, was the symbol of the restart. I include it in all my projects, even in “From 0 to 0” where I combine mountaineering, cycling and athletics. When I was planning to climb Everest I wanted to find a way to include it in the project: at first I thought about running to the base camp, but the ground was not suitable due to its morphology. Looking at the maps, we identified the village of Gorakshep, three hours from the base camp in Nepal, where there is a flat, sandy surface, large and wide enough to allow me to attempt a challenge in the challenge: the record of one mile in the fastest and highest race in the world. The Guinness World Record had given me
the parameters for how to do it: it asked me to film everything from various angles, to measure the distance with a meter and to stay under 10 minutes and 30 seconds. On April 1st we were in that village and, after some tests to find the right area with the right consistency of the ground so as not to sink the blades (the same ones I used on the athletics tracks), I started running. I started alone, but during the race the audience of the great occasions gathered on the place: children, locals, dogs following me... It was a very animated moment, let's say I gave a little show: for sure locals don't come across people in my condition every day. Finally, after 9 minutes and 48 seconds, I crossed the finish line. In the last stretch I gave everything I had and on arrival I stayed on the ground for at least a quarter of an hour to recover oxygen... Given the conditions of the track (only 100 meters) and the context (I was over 5 thousand meters) for sure it is a record that I can improve, but it is still a huge satisfaction.
gine every time I trained, but it was even better than I expected! The weather was nice, there was a bit of wind, but on the right I had dawn, in front of me the flags of the summit, on the left the shadow of Everest in a perfect triangle. Is there a message you want to convey with this challenge? If you want, with determination and with love for what you do, you can reach unthinkable, imaginable goals. Before my illness I always loved the mountains. Then, after the meningitis, I started question everything. So many people told me that I would never go back to what I did before. This climb proved that not only have I returned to do what I was doing before, but I have done much more. Thanks to dedication, training and love for that environment, a place that makes me forget fatigue and pain. Moreover, unlike a normal mountaineer or a normal trekker, in addition to fatigue, for me there is a percentage of pain tolerance given by the use of prostheses and the contact with the abutments. When I reached the top, I reflected on how many things I would have lost if I hadn't got up every time I had difficulties and fell. I never thought I'd get to see what I saw from up there: it paid off all the hard work spent from that fateful day to today.
What emotions did you feel when you reached the highest peak in the world and finally touched the sky "with three fingers"? I felt the greatest emotion not on summit, but when I saw it. We were at the beginning of the Hillary Step, where there’s a ridge, and there you could see this peak. Initially I was in doubt, I asked myself "is that the top?" and looking at the GPS I noticed that we were already very high. I asked the sherpa and, when he confirmed it, I was in a hurry, the fury to arrive. In fact, I accelerated a bit and this forced me to stop numerous times due to the shortness of breath. I was more excited during this journey than at the top because in the meantime I thought about everything I had done to get there, to all the people I had known, to all those who had helped me, I saw this circle opened in 2019 closing a little. I finally felt happy: it was an emotion that I tried to ima-
Many people told me that I would never go back to what I did before. This climb proved that not only have I returned to do what I was doing before, but I have done much more.
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Jason Antin In search of Alpenglow Jason grew up in New England on the east coast of the United States. As a kid he was not interested in the mountains: his heart beat for traditional American sports, in particular football. It wasn't until after graduation that Jason took the mountain road: first as a volunteer, then as a guide, and now h e calls Colorado home. “Being a guide is not just a job. It’s an attitude.” he says. “It's about listening, understanding people, who are your guests more than just customers. You have to understand people and their stories, be with them and give them the tools to write a new and memorable chapter together.”
When he’s not guiding, Jason enjoys moving quickly in the mountains over all mediums that mother nature shares with us whether that be trails, rock, ice or snow. Long days in the mountains with plenty of smiles is what he's looking for.
level of understanding for each discipline of rock, alpine or ski. You also have an incredible opportunity to be in the mountains regularly with people who are excited to be there with you. As far as hardships, it’s a physically taxing job and in North America there’s still an effort to make the profession as recognized as it is in other parts of the world.
To Jason Antin, and to other four other silent custodians of mountaineering culture, the South Tyrolean brand Salewa has dedicated a series of very short films which, together, make up the multi-faceted portrait of the profession of the mountain guide. Available on: salewa.com/it-it/una-mountain-story
People say that “mountains are true teachers.” What are some things the mountains have taught you? The mountains continue to remind you to be respectful of the environments that you are visiting. They teach you to always be a student. There are no true experts so you’re always a student. I also think there’s so much that comes with the mountain environment that a positive attitude will take you a very long ways.
Jason, when did you start guiding? Did you work in another industry prior to that? My first exposure to facilitating outdoor experiences was in 2008 when I volunteered for a non profit in Boston called Waypoint Adventures. I also worked as a strength and conditioning coach, which I still do in conjunction with guiding now. Although, I like to call it mountain perfor-mance coaching. But before I began to guide, I worked in the corporate world with Fidelity Investments in their security investigations group and worked as a reserve part-time police officer.
There is a lot of talk about protecting the mountain environment because climate change is also having a huge impact on it. When you are outdoors, do you see those changes? Yeah, I would say the greatest one would be summer mountaineering objectives. There’s typically a timeline for climbing a lot of classic routes in North America such as Denali and places in the Cascades where you are heavily dependent on your ability to safely move through glaciated terrain and it seems year after year that season for prime climbing conditions is getting earlier and earlier.
What does your year as a mountain guide look like? In North America we have the changing of the seasons, and with that comes a change in demand in the types of ways people want to move through the mountains. So, in the winter time I'm very focused on ice climbing, avalanche education and ski guiding. In spring and summer, I focused on rock and alpine climbing, and then in the shoulder seasons of the spring in the fall I do a mix of anything. In terms of expeditions and big trips, I go anywhere between 3-4 times of year with clients.
Many people have romanticized the guiding profession. How do you feel about that? To be a good guide you have to be proficient moving through the mountains but that’s not the only thing that makes you a good guide. Being a good guide includes good interpersonal skills, being patient, being a good teacher and getting joy from sharing those experiences with peo-ple, and not just being in the mountains and moving on your own accord.
What are the best things about being a full-time mountain guide and what are some of the hardships? So, the best things are you that have a purpose and a reason to continue to become a better mountain person. You have a responsibility to keep your skills and mind sharp in the mountains, your fitness, and
What is the Beat Monday project? It started with my adventure buddy Mike Chambers, and it originated when I was working in the corporate world. The idea came from having incredibly
limited time with your traditional 9-5 American work schedule and not thinking I had the time to do everything I wanted to do. I wanted to find a way to change that. So Mike and I started to look at our weekends and started this spreadsheet where we developed all these bucket list adventures, we thought we’d be able to pull them off in your traditional Friday night to Sunday night weekend. We started doing them and documented them and other folks saw a benefit from sharing them and then we started a show that’s now on Outside.TV.
are constantly practicing and applying. This also applies with technical skills, specifically rope work. As guides we are constantly practicing so when we are out for our own recreation it helps with our efficiency. Let’s talk about equipment. Have you noticed a drastic change in equipment over the course of your guiding career? The first is the prevalence of lightweight backcountry ski gear, it seems to be the norm these days where ten years ago it wasn’t. Another that comes to mind is ropes, people, including myself, are climbing on much skinnier ropes. I also think that hard goods have changed greatly, ice tools and crampons are now much lighter and more efficient to use.
When not guiding, do you spend the most of your personal time in the mountains? Has your approach to the mountains changed over the many years of guiding you’ve done? Throughout the changing of the seasons, and even the changing of the years I get excited and passionate about different types of methods of travel. That might be trail running, hiking, skiing, rock climbing or alpine climbing. For me it seems to be a constant evolution and I often get inspired by not only what I may be interested in that given year but maybe what I’m trying to become better at as a guide. For example a discipline I’m trying to become stronger as a guide is skiing. So, the last year I’ve been very focused on the skiing discipline since I’m working to master that discipline. On a broader scale, I have a five-year-old and a two-year-old so my time in the mountains has become more precious and I’m not only trying to experience the mountains for myself but I try to find ways to spend time there with my family.
What is your favorite product in the Salewa collection? I recently received the new Agner Durastretch Anorak jacket, and I must say that thanks to its elasticity it is the perfect jacket for the type of rock climbing I practice. The developers had several good ideas. What I find amazing is that such a simple garment can also be so functional. I also find the two internal pockets very practical, inside them you can put your climbing shoes or keep your gloves warm when you stop. Let's assume you are entrusted with a project to lead the Salewa Product Team for a year. What would your goals be? I live in North America where there is such a variety of environments, temperatures and landscapes. So we would do a road trip starting from where I grew up, New England, and then moving west to test Salewa gear on a variety of different terrains. From snow to ice to rock, starting from the winter in the Northeast with ice climbing and skiing in a much more humid cli-mate, and then stopping in various climbing locations across the States, up to reaching the American west such as Colorado and then moving to desert climates like Utah. Eventually I would move to California and to the Northern Cascades to enjoy the fruits of alpine climbing in the Washington state.
What are some of your favorite ascents? Do you feel that guiding on easier terrain for a majority of the time helps you in anyways for your bigger objectives? Two come to mind. One is more endurance focused and another is one that many folks enjoy. I’m talking about Cassin Ridge on Denali and Infinity Loop on Mount Rainier. Guiding on moderate objectives gives you a profound understanding of objective hazard since you are constantly thinking about that as a guide. So when you apply that to your own recreational pursuits it’s a skill you
Clean Climbing Failing for surviving BY E VA TO S C H I A PATAG O N I A D O C U M E N TA RY
“There is a word for it, and the word is clean. Climbing with only nuts and runners for protection is clean climbing. Clean because the rock is left unaltered by the passing climber. Clean because nothing is hammered into the rock and then hammered back out, leaving the rock scarred and next climber’s experience less natural. Clean is climbing the rock without changing it, a step closer to organic climbing for the natural man.”
These are the words that Doug Robinson used to open his article "The Whole Natural Art of Protection", published in the 1972 catalog of Chouinard Equipment. They are straight words, which go straight to the point: you have to stop to climb with pitons ruining the rock forever. These are even stronger words, if you know that Robinson was an employee of Chouinard Equipment whose best-selling product was, precisely, pitons. Against all market logic, Yvon Chouinard, Tom Frost, and Doug Robinson himself, decided to throw a bomb in the world of climbing not only by producing new protections that left the rock intact, but also by starting to talk about a new movement in which style mattered more than the conquest: “clean climbing”.
Today, 50 years after that catalog came out, Chouinard states that the movement has failed. Of course, if you think about the development of crags with their safe and definitive bolts you might think that clean climbing, in the sense of traditional climbing, is really practiced by very few individuals: small drops of water in an expanding ocean. But if the horizons open up, the views broaden, clean climbing today means much more than just climbing using removable tools. It means respecting, preserving and, if there are people who today, in addition to climbing, also want to do this, it is also thanks to that movement of '72 which, as the founder of Patagonia says, failed. Then failure is welcome, because if 50 years ago a group of people hadn't star-
ted to question the climbing model that was developing, then, who knows where we would be today. Rock faces would still be hammered and there would be no room for authentic adventures. Here, the central point of clean climbing, which is independent of any era, it is about putting experience before success. Do you want to live a pure, wild experience, or do you want to bend nature to the needs of your ego? Only by preserving the places where we climb can we experience a real adventure, otherwise we might as well stay in places surrounded by concrete and climb on plastic. As Frost and Chouinard wrote themselves "mountains are limited, and despite their massive appearance they are fragile" and for this reason we must make ourselves small (who apparently, and also in reality, are tiny compared to them), be humble, and also learn to give up when needed.
rience and the smaller your ego becomes, the wider your shoulders become. Today, more than ever, we need to go back to looking for simplicity, essentiality, not only for us and for our adventures out there, but for those who will come after us and will have the opportunity to climb the same beautiful routes we have been so lucky to climb. When it comes to clean climbing we must remember that climbing as a sport (Olympic by the way) is another thing, and no comparisons can be made. There will always be those who climb and those who practice a sport. And we must not make war, we can and must live together. But there will always be the need of a group of people who climb in the most essential and respectful way there is and who talk about it and who, eventually, fail.
It's all about on how we measure our success, what makes us feel satisfied at the end of the day. Of course, today doing a trad route one grade below our limit or retiring from an alpine style route because you can't go on is not tempting as freeing a hard grade on a crag. But just think about the lessons that nature can teach you if you allow it? The fewer tools you put between you and the rock, the purer the expe-
“Like all movements, clean climbing is a verb. It is a practice that must be performed, renewedand recommitted to.” - Mailee Hung
Climbing is not a sport, it's an art Sean Villanueva & Nicolas Favresse BY I L A R I A C H I AVAC C I
The essence of climbing told by two climbers who are also artists, but first of all friends: Sean Villanueva and Nicolas Favresse. Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll
video productions about your adventures. Can mountaineering be considered a form of art? Sure it is. Like all the ways one has to express oneself, one's personality and feelings: living life through climbing teaches you a lot.
“I’m coming straight from Briançon, I was at Nico’s.” Sean Villanueva begins to apologize for the being late. He came direct to Manga Climbing, a Milanese indoor climbing center where Scarpa, who is a sponsor of both of them, organized a day dedicated to climbing including contests, talks and concerts.
What did it teach you? Many things, especially to feel at ease in the worst situations: the ability to transform the impossible into a comfort zone certainly comes from mountaineering, but I also have learned to appreciate life in all its aspects and also to manage risk.
Are you two planning something? Not at the moment, Nico is building a new house and so he will be quiet for a while. Your relationship goes far beyond mountaineering, I guess. We are talking about more than 25 years of friendship, it’s like having constant support. There is a lot of respect and we understand each others immediately and we encourage each others, without this bond perhaps many of the things I did would not have happened: it certainly influenced me a lot and we pushed and motivated each others. In every expedition there is something special, but with him I know that I don't have to limit myself, I can push myself beyond all the limits I want, when we climb there is a great harmony.
Is managing risk also a form of art? In a way, it's just a way of shaping your personality and your life. So, if climbing is a form of art, what is your masterpiece? I just can't choose, you know? It would be like saying that, out of five children, I have to choose only one. It's impossible. The fact is that my expeditions are all so different from each others, because each one of them has something that makes it incredibly special. When I completed the crossing of the Fitzroy massif it was incredible, but I was alone, so, without a partner, and I could not share that joy with anyone. They are different perspectives: a solo expedition gives you many things, but being able to reach a goal with other climbers with whom
Alongside the soul of a climber, you have a good artistic flair. It is not unusual to see you on the wall or in an expedition with a guitar in hand and you have directed
you are linked by a deep friendship gives you something more. Or again: the expedition to Greenland was very varied because it also included a part of kayaking, while in Pakistan we immersed ourselves in a completely different culture.
se your climbing style: the most important thing is to be honest with yourself. As far as I'm concerned, I always try to be as clean as possible, to climb leaving few traces behind me, but it clearly depends on the wall I'm in front of, if I think I can do it on-site in a day I do it, but otherwise I use ropes and portaledges. My principle is always to respect the rock, leave it as I found it.
Greenland is currently quite popular among mountaineers who want to open new routes, what do you think? We went to the east coast: after the crossing from France we went down to the eastern fjords and spent 45 days without meeting anyone, climbing any wall that made us snap something, there were 4 of us with no particular goals other than to have fun.
Doesn't the popularity of climbing risk exposing the walls to over-exploitation? The risk is that climbing is increasingly perceived as a sport, that people focus too much on performance leaving out all the other aspects of the experience, which can-not be summed up only in the grades you managed to complete. It is important to focus on what it feels like to climb, not so much on the result.
With all the hype about mountaineering at the moment, more and more climbers are hunting for records or spectacular achievements. For me it has never been important to do something in the name of performance or record, especially in the mountains. The beauty of mountaineering is precisely that of being free and doing only what you want to express yourself and to feel good, to have fun. I believe that the most important thing is to be guided by passion and not by ambition, which is not healthy. The real push is what leads you to do things in the mountains even when no one knows what you are doing, but you do it because it is what you love and you are free to choo-
Why do you think everyone has discovered it just now? Because it's fun, I don't know why people didn't get there before honestly, but I think that the fact that climbing has become an Olympic discipline has contributed a lot, as well as the fact that there are mountaineers and climbers who have become very famous, or documentaries like Free Solo that have attracted world attention. In the end, climbing is something that has the ability to speak to people's hearts, but also to strike their imagination very strongly.
that too. But there was no intention of self promotion, or of creating something professional, it was more driven by the desire to have a good memory of the trip.
We had an appointment by phone, then Nico Favresse wrote me on whatsapp if we could postpone it, then it happened again. I imagine him in some unlikely place on the planet trying the impossible instead, when we finally manage to talk to each other, he apologies a lot because he is renovating his house. "The truth is that this restructuring is proving to be a tougher undertaking than any expedition.”
But then it was very successful... At the time we had a friend who was studying videomaking: he gave us a hand to edit what we had shot and, at the same time, a guy from the Alpine Club who had followed our journey pushed us to do an event to show it: that's how our experience as a con-tent creators was born. The thing that I think liked the most is that it was not a video in which we did show offs of hard climbs or impossible feats, but it was more than anything else the story of our way of experiencing adventure and climbing. Our approach to climbing is very similar, but also is our way of sharing what we do: we don't like to talk about how incredible or how hard is what we do, but about what this world represents for us.
So you’re saying you’re not climbing right now? Fortunately, near where I live there are many spots where to climb: I was lucky enough to be able to choose where to take root, so I chose well, here I can both cycle, climb and ski. After living as a nomad for 15 years, traveling the world for expeditions, I chose to build a house near Briançon, in France. In fact, your figure fits perfectly with the one of the somewhat nomadic mountai-neer, on your backpack quickdraws and guitar are always in plain sight. As with Sean, music is never missing from your expeditions… That's right. But it all happened very naturally, I've been playing guitar since I was 10: we always played, especially on family trips. Then when I started doing my first climbing trips I always took it with me, because it is one of those elements that is able to build a festive atmosphere in an instant, so I would say that it has always been part of my way to experience climbing.
Was Trilogy of the Alps born with this spirit? (This term refers to the series of 8b+ multi pitches opened by legendary climbers in 1994 and which became a milestone in the history of sport climbing. The routes, which are located between Germany, Austria and Switzerland, were reached by Favresse by bike, with the intention of producing as little carbon footprint as possible.) Exactly, spontaneously, this is how the whole trip began: Sébastien Berthe and I left with our bikes and with my dog, without precise organization, without booking where to sleep, but simply improvising. It was a way like any other to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone and bring out something authentic related to our way of climbing. For us all this is then useful to give ourselves 200% to climbing.
Is that why music is never missing in your videos? The real fanatic of climbing videos has always been Sean: when we were 15-16 years old he watched everything that was produced at the time, and when I went to his house he would show it to me. We were particularly struck by the video of this guy filming every aspect of his trip with the camera: so when we did our first expedition in Yosemite we decided to do
We talked with Sean about the fact that today in the world of climbing we tend to be more focused on results and perfor-
mance than on enjoying climbing, what do you think? For me, the approach to climbing has always been holistic and I firmly believe that the more the experience is made up of other things, the more your mind focuses on more aspects and the better you perform also in climbing. It may seem absurd, but doing funky things, having fun, releasing even the most playful part of myself is a means for me to connect even better with what is the essence of climbing. The great thing about having fun and relaxing is that when you are in this mindset it is even easier to push yourself beyond your limits. For me it has always been like this: I never thought "ok now I want to be an athlete so I have to calculate the exact amount of calories or I have to train intensively every day". Otherwise you end up becoming like a robot: you feel less emotions and you are less inclined to enjoy the moment because you are more focused on confronting your expectations. When this happens you are not open to taking what's coming, enjoying the moment, or even learning.
were years in which I felt the pressure on me strong and heavy, but in the end I realized pretty soon that it wasn't really me, that mood of life wasn't mine. Do you miss anything from that time? The only thing I can vaguely regret about the period in which I was competing is that, of course, by training continuously I got stronger. And then you have a continual incentive to improve, because when there is someone who does better than you, you do your best to achieve it: for me, however, competition is just the opposite of everything I like in doing what I do. When you compete you are constantly traveling around the world, just like now, but it is a more hit and run concept: in the place you go for the race, you stay little, you sleep in hotels and you are not in contact with nature. You don't have the moments of fooling around, like the ones we film, you are stressed, you isolate yourself. Even when you meet other climbers that you immediately like, you have no time or way to establish deep relationships with them, because everyone is in their own bubble. For me, climbing means spending the day on site, overcoming my limits but in a way that then makes me connect with others and with the environment. The only thing that was really useful about that period is that it allowed me to improve technically and to get to know my body better and how it works in relation to climbing.
For your expeditions you often leave in pairs: what do you think is the weight of friendship in mountaineering? When you are with your closest friends on an expedition it does not matter if you go big or if you fail, it will be a great experience in any case. This happens because you are with someone who understands you in every situation and does not judge you, when you are involved in an expedition with people you have no connection, it is all centered on performance. For me, this takes away a lot from the very essence of mountaineering.
It may seem absurd, but doing funky things, having fun, releasing even the most playful part of myself is a means for me to connect even better with what is the essence of climbing. The great thing about having fun and relaxing is that when you are in this mindset it is even easier to push yourself beyond your limits.
Is there not, or has never been, a rivalry between you? I don’t think so: at least not with friends with whom I go climbing or plan expeditions. Over the years I have been climbing with someone whose fun was directly proportional to how I was or how I was performing, but this belongs to another life, when I was competing. Those
Run with the Flow BY CHIARA GUGLIELMINA
Mostly I would have liked to tell you about Florian Neuschwander, his incredible 100km treadmill record and ultrarunning. Instead, I find myself here alone, in Vienna, at the fourth starting block of the Wings For Life World Run, a little nervous and a little excited: thrilled. The Red Bull event is crazy, the organization is meticulous and the desire to race is so great. To be honest, I am not an expert in competitions or racing, to be sure to leave on time I have been in Rathausplatz for more than two hours. I take this opportunity to steal some photos. While some guys in oversized t-shirts entertain us with BMX evolutions on temporary ramps, I try to explain to you why I am here.
kilometers home and behind, beside and above all in front of me many people were in wheelchairs. How does Wings for Life work? Wings for Life is a non-competitive race in which all the participants of the world, even if far away, run at the same time. You don't need to be a professional athlete, or even an amateur. You just have to run. There is not even a goal. A Catcher Car, 30 minutes after the start, begins its chase, gradually overtaking all the registered riders. The faster you are, the more kilometers you can run before being reached. The most important thing, however, are the donations: 100% of all registration fees and donations received go directly to spinal cord research. This incredible goal is possible thanks to Red Bull and the other partners who take care of all the organizational costs.
Why Vienna? I wanted to meet Florian ("Flo" for his friends) but at the time of registration the places to race in Munich were sold out. I have chosen, among the possible, the closest stop to him. I had three imperatives: run for those who can't, run for those who have chosen to stop forever, and run for the pleasure of running. In Munich I would probably have bumped into Florian, but it was more important to run. I am convinced that he will support this choice. Why Wings for Life? Reading about Florian I discovered, among many things, that he is also Ambassador of the Red Bull event called "Wings for Life World Run." I thought I could kill two birds with one stone: meet him and run. Then the hitch, me in Vienna and him in Munich, but still running for the same cause and in the same Team: "Run with the Flow" won the team category for six consecutive years.
Consider that right now, as you are reading this, someone out there is suffering a spinal cord injury and will be paralyzed. Which means, to understand better, no sensation in the legs and, in the most serious cases, no sensation even in the arms and hands. None. Never again. When I decide to do something with a social background, even in the modesty of a few kilometers of a race, there are times when the energy fails and a voice whispers to me "you are useless, just give up." You can judge it as an unhealthy, behaviour but it helps me: when I have doubts I think about who is less fortunate than me and I find the strength. It's a comparison that shouldn't help, I agree, but it often triggers the urge to do.
I read some testimonies about the event before signing up, but I couldn't imagine much. The payoff of "Run for those who can’t" competition allows us to call into question that "for those who can’t" and, at the same time, the concept of willpower. I repeat: I am not an expert runner, probably not even a runner, but I took my 18
So maybe give it a thought, right now. Think about who is ending up in a wheelchair forever and sign up for Wings for Life 2023. Go to www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com.
Going back to Vienna I want to tell you that in total, 165 countries all over the world participated in the Wings for life World Run 2022, 161,892 participants ran together until reaching the insane income of 4.7 million euros. Totally intended for research. Florian's team alone covered more than 28,142 kilometers with an average of 17 kilometers per participant, winning the team category for the sixth consecutive year.
A few numbers Talking about numbers, here’s some of Florian. The German ultrarunner resembles a thin Viking, both in the red mustache and in the spirit of a Nordic warrior. Athlete with an eclectic look, he wears sports glasses and a hipster hairstyle while rocker tattoos cover his entire arm. Florian undoubtedly has style. And horses. Every fiber of his 167cm tall loves running for what it is: a simple thing. It doesn't matter if he's going uphill or downhill, on bumpy mountain trails or on the track: he loves the feel of the body in motion. On January 30th he set the world record for indoor running of 100km on a treadmill by stopping the clock at 6h26m8s, surpassing the previous record by almost 13 minutes. During the challenge he maintained an average of 3'52'' per kilometer, while the fastest was the last kilometer, the 100th: completed in 3'20''. In Munich, returning to the title of the article, he won in the men's category by covering 61 kilometers before being reached by the Catcher Car. 43 kilometres more than me. One more marathon than me. What I like of my work is the possibility to confront myself with those who really practice sport, it is every time a useful opportunity for downsizing. Instead of poking around Strava, for example, I took the time to research Florian's best performances, they need to be reported:
But how was the race? I have nothing to prove to anyone. Still, I feel a certain tension here in the starting blocks. I repeat to myself that the important thing is the cause, but I want to do my best. That seems to me more helpful. Two people close to me recently lost the chance to run. Forever. Covering as much distance as my body allows me seems to be a duty. At the start we form a messy group of people, each of them with their own reasons to run. Each of them with their own storis. From where I am, I begin to move my first steps at least three minutes after the official start and the Garmin on my wrist registers the first kilometer long before crossing the starting line. According to the official app I have covered about 16 kilometers, according to my GPS more than 18: I ran 2 kilometers more back here just to pass the starting line, somehow it already seemed like a result. We started the race. I will only discover the day after that we were 32,274 in that orderly array of stories and motivations. The race is difficult at the beginning, keeping your pace is a challenge and bringing home good photos almost impossible. At least while running. That’s enough: "either run or shoot", I tell myself. I decide to run, today is more important. The first 5 kilometers are completely involuntary covered, a stream of hot and panting people drags me forward. We run slowly, but we warm up. From the eighth kilometer onwards, I take advantage of my small body to overtake people on the sides, until I reach those who run like me. Now I feel great. I am at the eighth kilometer and I will run until the car reaches me.
800M: 1:56 MIN (2012 , SA ARBRÜCKEN) 1000M: 2:29 MIN (REHLINGEN) 1500M: 3:49 MIN (REHLINGEN) 3000M: 8:25 MIN (DRESDEN) 5 0 0 0 M : 14 : 2 2 M I N ( 2 0 1 2 , KO B L E N Z ) 10.000M: 29:51 MIN (2009, BIRMINGHAM)
*Indoor World Records in bold
H A L F M A R AT H O N : 1 H 0 6 : 2 0 ( 2 0 1 0 , B A D L I E B E N Z E L L ) M A R AT H O N : 2 H 2 0 : 2 8 ( 2 0 1 3 , B O N N )
But what does Florian think about it? This whole thing was born from the desire to talk about Florian, or rather, with Florian. From Vienna to Munich the kilometers are 402 and he would run them too. However, damn it, I’m the one writing the article: I sent him a message. Below you will find questions and answers.
5 0 K M O N T R E A D M I L L : 2 H 51 : 5 2 ( 2 0 2 0 , N U S S D O R F ) 5 0 K M : 2 H 5 2 :1 8 M I N ( 2 0 1 6 , E B E R S H A U S E N ) 10 0 K M O N T R E A D M I L L : W O R L D R E C O R D I N 6 H 2 6 : 0 8 (2021, TRAUNSTEIN) 1 0 0 K M R OA D R AC E : 6 H 4 9 :1 3 ( 2 0 1 5 , W I N S C H OT E N , 9 ° P L AC E I N T H E W O R L D C H A M P I O N S H I P)
Hi Florian! Why do you run? Hi Chiara, I’ve been a runner since 1996. That means that I’ve been running for 26 years and during this period of time I have run more than 130,000km: more than 3 times around the world. I love to run and explore new paths, it seems like enough motivation. All of this is a great adventure for me and there are still many places and tracks waiting for me. Who are you running for? I run simply because I like it. I love to run fast, but I also like to keep a slower pace. I don't care where I run. I run everywhere: treadmill, road, track, forest, trails, mountains. Nature is certainly the most beautiful place, but I like the movement of running in all its forms. I like to try new things and always give my best. Any advice on how to introduce young people to running? The most important thing certainly remains to have fun and stay healthy, little but sure. Explore the streets and neighborhoods close to home, always try new routes. Create projects that are your own, personalized. Or jump on a train or on a plane to start a new adventure. Always on the run. We know about your vegan diet (personally I support it), can I ask you why? My wife has been vegan for a long time and, for this reason, we only have vegan products at home. It was therefore not difficult for me to go completely vegan three years ago. Also, I like animals, I prefer not to have them on my plate. I struggle to see how, at times, man can be brutal in treating them. Finally, we have so many vegan options that there is no need for meat, or milk, or anything like that. What is the difference, in terms of mental approach, between running and ultrarunning? Ultrarunning is mentally much more difficult. The truth is, you need to be really strong and psychologically motivated to finish an ultra race. Sometimes you
spend the night running and, even if you're not very fast, you can't afford any breaks, you have to keep moving. What does running give you and what do you give to running? Running is one of the most important things in my life and takes up a big part of my time: I've been running almost every day for 26 years. So I'm used to it and I feel the need, however, if I'm unable, I can manage it (when I had Covid I rested for ten days). Let's say that I don't go crazy when I need to rest, but after a while I miss it and I'm always happy when I'm outdoors, up and down the trails. Running is my lifestyle, it's part of me. It gives me freedom and when I run in the mountains I enjoy every minute. When I run faster it can get very tough, but I always have a lot of fun. For me it remains the fundamental requirement. Why should anyone give running a chance? Because it offers you the opportunity to be free. You can run anywhere and be creative. It is a great adventure in search of new trails and hiking routes. It also allows you to get to know big cities and meet new people. It’s a great sport. During an ultrarunning race, what are the hardest kilometers and how do you face them? If I have to give a practical example, in a 100km, the hardest part is between 60 and 80km. I often do 60km training sessions so I'm used to that kind of distance. I never run on longer distances in training. Therefore, in a competition, I run the first 60km without problems and only then, for me, does the real race begin. Between 60 and 80km comes the time for you to concentrate, you need to push and fight. In a 100km race, the last 20 are the best as you get close to the finish line. In my world record of 100km on a treadmill, for example, I started pushing to the finish and ended up running the fastest 10km in the last bit, in 36 minutes. What is your typical training week like? I run every day, in spring, sum-
mer and autumn. Most often on trails. I don't have a proper training program, I run according to how I feel. When I prepare myself for a particularly important race I have the main sessions in mind, but I remain very flexible. In a typical week I always insert a long run with several meters of elevation gain, to which I also combine faster sessions such as repetitions, runs of flat, sometimes uphill. Sometimes I also add a shorter but steeper run, in the mountains, at a slow pace. But, as I said, most of my training is freestyle: I improvise it based on how I feel. I mostly have weekly mileage goals, yes. To give you some numbers, for example, I decide to run for 140km with 6000 meters of elevation gain. And when I reach the set goal I am happy. Simple. What is the most beautiful and meaningful experience of your sporting life? I had a lot of good experiences. One, for example, is definitely when I completed my first 100km track run. It was a totally natural decision, as it almost always happens in my life. I spontaneously ran from Trier, Germany to my mother's house which was exactly 100km from my apartment. I chose to take a nice hiking trail with more tan 3000 meters of eleva-tion gain alternating with flatter sections, on the road or in the forest. I finished my first 100km in 7h59'. Not bad for being my first big ultra distance. I hadn't prepared myself methodically, so I was really happy with the result and the experience.
I like to think that there is something philosophical about running and indeed, there certainly is. You can get it in the play on words "run with the flow". There is a flow. And you should never oppose it.
Fedchenko The Forgotten Glacier BY E VA TO S C H I A P I C T U R E O R G A N I C C LOT H I N G D O C U M E N TA RY
Glaciers tell us a lot about the past and, observing them carefully, allow us to predict the future: of the glacier itself, of the nearby villages and large cities that survive, often unknowingly, thanks to it, and of the entire planet. For this reason it is so important to study them, to know them, to protect them.
The forgotten glacier
And it is precisely the desire for knowledge and sharing that led Cédric Gras and Matthieu Tordeur in Tajikistan, on the Pamir Mountains, to explore Fenchenko, the forgotten glacier. Together with them there were filmer Christophe Raylat and a team of local guys who helped them get around these mountains and bring all the necessary equipment. Some of them had only heard at school about these places far from everything, where nature is so severe that do not to allow errors of any kind.
Pamir Mountains are quite close to much more well-known mountains, such as the Himalayas, but compared to these they are very different. First of all for the locals who have no spiritual connection with them. Most of those who live in the city have not the slightest idea that the water they drink comes (also) from Fedchenko and, in some cases, they have never even heard about it. The only Tajiks who, on the contrary, have a strong bond with nature are the few who live in the high altitude villages that are isolated by snow in winter and who have learned to observe and respect nature, even to bow to it.
The passion, which led Matthieu to explore some of the largest and most remote glaciers ever existed, comes from a greater interest in deserts, for those places where humans have never been or where they are not welcome. In those places you can relate to nature in its purest state and, having to constantly adapt to survive, you learn a lot about yourself.
Due to this lack of mountain culture, it was very difficult to find someone local who could help Cédric, Matthieu and Christophe in the Fedchenko expedition. Here there are no Mountain Guides nor there is any rescue: the last helicopter
that flew into the Pamir Mountains is now a wreck crashed to the ground. In the end, however, it was possible to create a close-knit and balanced group, with porters who, even if just starting out, showed they were capable and, above all, enthusiastic. Together, this diverse team tiptoed around the forgotten glacier on a 10-day expedition in September, the best and only month in which it is possible to get to Fedchenko due to the water flow coming from the melting of the glacier. In some points, in fact, with watercourses too strong to be forded, it would not be possible to go on.
rable and small. It is rare today to have the opportunity to live such true experiences. Often when we observe glaciers, the first thing that comes to mind is not their size, but rather their very fast and unstoppable retreat, which causes us sadness and concern. What the expedition team observed, however, is a healthy glacier. For the moment. The altitude and the abundance of snowfalls are balancing and keeping the glacier in good condition today, but a tomorrow made of melting and flooding downstream is necessarily hypothesized. Sooner or later, Fedchenko will also begin to retreat and all people who now benefit from it will be forced to adapt, as nature claims. When we hypothesize an increasingly dramatic future for glaciers, we often feel helpless and wonder what can be done to slow down this unstoppable process.
Huge and relevant Although Matthieu has also been to Antarctica, what struck him most about Fedchenko is its huge size. Not only of the glacier but of the whole network of glaciers that develops in those mountains. A real ice desert, where men can only pass through. In such a remote place, without the possibility of rescue, one is forced to proceed carefully and reduce the risk to a minimum: you can rely only on yourself and on your companions and you are forced to be humble. You will feel vulne-
Matthieu has decided to explore these often forgotten places but so much important for the survival of all the species on the planet and, in that way share and make them known. Because only if you know something, you can save it, save yourself and survive.
Matthieu has decided to explore these often forgotten places but so much important for the survival of all the species on the planet and, in that way share and make them known. Because only if you know something, you can save it, save yourself and survive.
Fedchenko, the forgotten glacier Picture’s movie Their target is the 77-kilometer-long Fedchenko glacier, the longest non-polar glacier in the world. It is an example of the hundreds of glaciers that sustain life downstream in the deserts of Central Asia. After reaching Tajikistan by train, Cédric and Matthieu venture into the depths of the mighty Pamir Mountains. Accompanied by a team of Tajiks, they intend to follow in the footsteps of those who first explored the high mountain passes and wild rivers of the region. Climate change has had little effect around here. Although the Aral Sea has dried up 2000 kilometers away, the main reason is the overzea-
lous diversion of melt water for irrigation, which began in Soviet times. After ten days of traveling, Cédric and Matthieu reach an old scientific research station built right above the Fedchenko glacier. Surrounded by breathtaking glacial peaks, it appears to have only recently been abandoned by its old keepers. All tools and everyday objects have remained as they were. The USSR understood the importance of the Pamir Mountains as a watershed for the countries of Central Asia. With Christophe Raylat behind the camera, Cédric and Matthieu delve into this important issue.
Find Your Element PHOTOS LORENZO ALESI & ALICE LINARI TEXT LORENZO ALESI
Two years that changed the world and ourselves. The state of isolation we have been forced into by the pandemic has profoundly affected our lives and perspectives. We suddenly felt less free to imagine, to dream, we were less free to travel, to explore the world. After two years, the easing of restrictions finally represented a moment of rediscovering freedom and at the same time of rediscovering ourselves. This is what prompted us to undertake this journey through the elements but above all through ourselves.
Water / Swiss Alps Where to start if not from the great mountains, the majestic glaciers and the incredible alpine lakes that characterize the southwestern area of Switzerland. Gorner glacier was our first destination. Climbing it on the left side for the 14km of its length is a bit like being immersed in a timeless space. On the south Breithorn, Pollux, Castor, Lyskamm and Monte Rosa frame it in one of the most beautiful scenarios in the Alps. From Rotenboden, that you can reach by the Gornergrat train, to Monte Rosa Hütte, the route in the first part descends gently towards the glacier bed. It is quite impressive to observe from below those 4000m peaks that overlook the ice tongue and which we often descend on skis. Those immense masses of ice in continuous movement give at the same time a sense of belonging and fragility. Almost as far as the glacier bed, we begin the ascent towards Monte Rosa Hütte which we reach shortly after facing some passages on fixed ropes and wooden walkways. From here the view is breathtaking. It ranges from Monte Rosa to Gornergrat up to Matterhorn. The crevasses that mark the glacier bed seem to make it breathe, make it more alive and moving than it already is. The streams that run through it and the numerous lakes formed really give the sense of fusion. We stay a few more
minutes and it's time to go back, to follow those streams because water in its forms is the element of our first stop and from the glaciers we now move towards the lakes, to one in particular. Once we left Zermatt, we head towards one of the alpine lakes that intrigues us the most: Oeschinensee. This place is incredible, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an intact alpine lake fed by glacial streams, perhaps the most beautiful mountain lake we have ever seen. Surrounded by 3000m peaks such as Blüemlisalp, Oeschinenhorn, Fründenhorn and Doldenhorn which plummet into the waters and give the lake an incredible appearance. We go up a route that reaches 2000m. The view is truly fantastic, there are viewpoints everywhere, the contrast between blue water, snow-capped peaks and cliffs is impressive. This place offers dream scenarios from anywhere you look at it and color variations throughout the day. A place where you are left speechless and where we took pictures at every corner. A unique place where the water element certainly finds its per-fect declination for us.
Oeschinensee is incredible, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an intact alpine lake fed by glacial streams.
Fire / Canary Islands Back to travel outside the continent: Canary Islands are our destination. We are not thrilled by the idea of taking flights for our travels, in fact we have almost eliminated this way of traveling, but when it becomes necessary, to go to another continent, we take action to compensate for the CO2 emissions by supporting projects aimed at protecting the environment. Choosing these islands to explore their mountain ranges and volcanoes is actually a bit anomalous. One of the most popular destinations for surfers is our destination to discover an environment opposite to the one seen in Switzerland. Fuerteventura, with its mountains and volcanoes, is an incredibly suggestive place. We begin to discover it from the south, in the area of the Jandia Natural Park. From Mirador de Cofete we go up north to reach Degollada de Cofete. Looking west, the contrast between the color of the ocean and the coast is remarkable. You walk in environments where the elements of nature release all their strength. The northernmost view point is beaten by strong winds and the clouds gathering on the ridge suggest we go down to the valley and head further north. We move towards the most central area of the island,
from Montaña Cardón, a mountain with steep terrain and sculpted by erosion that stands out for its shape and its imposing height (one of the highest peaks on the island) in the characteristic flat landscape of Fuerteventura, towards the astronomical Mirador de Sicasumbre. The scenery is suggestive and the colors of the ground recall typical landscapes of science fiction films on Mars. In general, the landscape that Monte Cardón Natural Monument shows us has few contrasts in terms of colors but is of great beauty in its geomorphological forms. We allow ourselves a day of kite surfing before exploring one of the most famous places on the island, Arco de Las Penitas. The trail to reach the arch located in one of the peaks of Barranco de Las Penitas is steep and not signposted, the temperature is very high and the effort to reach the top is felt. After about an hour we finally reach the arch: a true work of natural art. The wind and the sand have carved the stone over the centuries. This orange-red arch that contrasts with the blue of the sky is an image to remember. As scheduled, we dedicate the last few days to the north of the island. Our destination is Caledron Hondo. Climbing the summit is
a unique experience, in the area there are several other volcanoes that were born about 50,000 years ago. Arriving in the highest part of the crater, about 280 meters high, the view of the other volcanoes is impressive. The walk around the mouth of the volcano gives the opportunity to admire the landscape of the northern part of the island: El Cotillo, Majanicho, Lanzarote in the distance. The molten rocks give an idea of how much force was released from the earth during the eruptions that created these conical structures that today offer an unparalleled natural landscape. Time to go back to the continent, we are happy with such an intense experience in an environment that is unusual for us, sometimes very high temperatures, rough terrain, orange-red colors, no vegetation, a unique experience.
Such an intense experience in an environment that is unusual for us, sometimes very high temperatures, rough terrain, orange-red colors, no vegetation, a unique experience.
Air / Sibillini Mountains It had been a while since we had been hiking in the eastern part of the Sibillini Mountains. They are our home mountains but they never cease to amaze us with their beauty and their colors. The idea is to cross the entire chain at high altitude, this time from Monte Sibilla southwards to Monte Carrier and then Forca di Presta and Pian Grande. From Rifugio Sibilla, still closed after the 2016 earthquake, after reaching Monte Zampa we begin the traverse on the ridge with an unparalleled panorama. To the east the view of the Adriatic Sea, to the south on the peaks of the Sibillini Mountains that follow one after the other, naturally indicating the route we will have to take. This is certainly the itinerary where the wind hisses the most. Always at high altitude, always on sharp ridges to reach Monte Porche. The route becomes gentler when we cross the Palazzo Borghese area up to Monte Argentella. From here the view over the valley of Lake Pilate makes us reflect on how different this area was millions of years ago. The glacial valley of Lake Pilato in summer has only a few snow fields in the steep channels protected by the ridges of Redentore. Because of the water crisis due to low rainfall in recent years, the lake risks extinction, and with it the small endemic crustacean of the place. We continue our journey, from Forca Viola we go up on the ridges of Redentore, below
us to the west Castelluccio di Norcia, Piana and the colors of the flowering that draws a natural picture. The wind accompanies us all along the route, constantly blowing from west to east. It whip the crests as usual. In the Sibillini it is certainly the dominant element. We continue to the new Zilioi bivouac and then go back down to Forca di Presta at sunset. After setting up the bivouac and eating, we turn our noses upwards. The wind has blown away the clouds rising from the plain and the sky is incredibly clear, with only a few dim lights of the villages below, making it possible to admire the Milky Way with naked eyes. A spectacle of nature that not everyone is lucky enough to be able to witness. The Milky Way that fills the celestial vault and dozens of shooting stars that cross it leaving a trail that is sometimes very long. Sibillini Mountains are defined as magical mountains because it is one of those few places in the world where the relationship with the elements of nature is really intense.
Sibillini Mountains are defined as magical mountains because it is one of those few places in the world where the relationship with the elements of nature is really intense.
Earth / Dolomites Going back to the Dolomites always has a special taste. The last destination of our trip is among the most beautiful mountains in the world. We have visited two places. The first day it was interesting to discover the area of the Cri group up to the Peuz refuge. A classic itinerary that we had never done before and that reveals an unusual aspect of the Dolomites. The climb to Cri is really beautiful, between the spiers of the Cir group and behind the Sella group with its imposing vertical walls on which fantastic cuts of light draw an epic scenario. The colors of the grass degrade towards orange, the first snowfalls give the environment an autumnal tone. The dolomite pinnacles are even more in contrast in these conditions, the ascent is easy, as is the descent to Val Chedul and the ascent to Cristo del Crespeina. From here the view towards the partly whitened landscape at high altitude is lunar. In the background, in the center of Col Dala Soné plateau, stands alone as the guardian of those lands. The day is wonderful and we decide to continue following the classic itinerary towards the Peuz refuge. The low light causes the peaks to draw longer and longer shadows as the hours pass by. A truly suggestive environment. We had never visited the Peuz Odle Natural Park and we must say that it is a unique place. Along the route, towards the refuge in the distance to the west, we admire Sass Rigais and Furchetta. It is getting late, the days are rapidly getting shorter and it’s time to go back. The next day we decide to enter from the Seceda area. Abandoned the hundreds of tourists who photograph Seceda from all possible sides, we go in the direction of Forcella Forces de Sieles. After passing the last huts, you finally enter a fantastic environment. To the north Sass Rigais and Furchetta, to
the south Col de la Pieres. The route takes us to Sieles from where the view of Valle Lunga is spectacular. We continue the climb on the via ferrata to reach the summit. At times the mixed rock-snow terrain makes the climb treacherous, but it is worth continuing because once you get to the top the view over the Peuz Odle park and the Sella group is unique. To the north-east Fermeda di Sopra, Grande Fermeda Campanie di Fubes, Grande Odla Sas de Mesdi, peaks that, like spiers, characterize the territory, below us Vallelunga and to the south-east the Sella group. A place where the connection with the earth is strong and where you can read the history of the mountains. Our journey through the elements was more of an inner journey. The desire to return to explore the world, to know new cultures, to admire new landscapes. We need to feel part of nature and the elements that compose it to feel alive, to make sense of our future and of the future of the new generations. The force of nature, its changes, its elements will always prevail over the human being. We should be good at adapting, evolving, having respect, feeling like guests of a world in constant evolution, without giving up the desire to explore, discover, travel, obviously in a sustainable way.
We need to feel part of nature and the elements that compose it to feel alive, to make sense of our future and of the future of the new generations.
Perseveranza “un passo alla volta” BY CAMILLA PIZZINI
It rains and rains and rains. “We've been organizing this for too many months. Let's go!” But it rains and rains and rains. The asphalt is still hot, you can feel that there is still too much humidity. The Po Valley does not forgive. Raindrops touch the ground and slowly evaporate. The sun goes down behind the horizon and it rains and rains and rains. I've never met Stefano, this is the first time. I look at him while he begin to prepare himself in front of a mountain of The North Face bags that cover the floor of his house. His black cat tries to throw himself into one of them, but frightened by the chaos of the preparation he runs away and tries to escape from the front door. A distant thunder reminds us that cycling won't be so pleasant. “Who makes you do?” I ask him. For a few seconds he doesn't answer me, then he looks at me straight in the eye and gives me a nervous smile: “Why not?” There would be so many “whys”, but after years in the mountains and a lot of reading about mountaineering, I stopped trying to deeply understand the "whys" and the "buts" and I am convinced that you just feel certain things inside. “You have to do it" my grandfather used to say. And Stefano thinks the same.
on my knees" and there is no better way to describe the next 24 hours we spent together. We leave from Saronno at 9pm. Destination? The summit of Breithorn: 4164m above the sea level. The uglified Milanese would say “I’m already tired”, but looking at Stefano his face looks strung tight as a violin, ready to compose a beautiful symphony. He’s not tired, he is ready. The only thing missing the before leaving? The wallet: “it must be somewhere", but it can't be found anyway.
Stefano La Mastra
Kilometer after kilometer, we go on and darkness keeps us company. Country after country the hours go by, but the desire to pedal doesn’t. First up, then down a slope, a family of wild boars crosses the road. Now it’s pitch dark. After a short break in an abandoned gas station shed, some vitamins, a banana and a bad coffee at a 24/24h Service we arrive in Biella for
It’s still raining, but we leave anyway. He starts cycling with two friends, after 2km one has already taken a refreshing bath in a puddle. After the beautiful fall they let him going on alone. Apparently this adventure must be done alone.
Long is the night There are still 221km left with 4932m of actual elevation gain until we reach the top. The organization is as follows: from Saronno to Cervinia, for about 190km, Stefano will travel by bike. Afterwards, he will leave the bike and will go on with the split board. The night is still long.
Born 1982, he still looks like 30. (He will laugh with that deep laugh that distinguishes him reading this sentence.) If I had to describe him with one word I would say: "hardcore". He has many tattoos. He’s every rebellious teen's dream. On his right knee there’s written “never
the second scheduled break. 110km done. It is 3:05 in the morning and the fatigue can be felt.
The combination of cycling and mountaineering is not new, quite the contrary. "Vertical Line" for me is a way, mine, to experience this pairing. A couple of years ago a skialper friend and cyclist said to me: "Why don't we go from home to Tonale by bike and then go up to the glacier in skins?, I hadn't set foot on the snow for at least 10 years, but it just took me a second to say "I'm in!" and so it all started. We did our Vertical Line and when we finished I thought that this way of climbing a mountain was truly spectacular. Anyone who loved the mountains deserved to experience that feeling.
We pull over in the main street of the city center. There is no one, only us and the soft light of the street lamps. We are joined by some policemen. “Told ya" says Ste-fano laughing. Serious and composed they approach us looking suspiciously, then ask: "Excuse me but, what are you doing?" Four of us sitting on the side of the road with a bubbling mocha and tired faces. “I'm going to the top of Breithorn” Stefano replies serenely. "I left from Milan by bike and I want to reach a four-thousander with my legs." Silence. The policemen look at us and laugh serenely, at first they do not believe us, then staring at our serious faces they realize that it was not a joke and then the thousand questions begin.
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How did you first approach the mountains? I’ve been going to the mountains since I was born, I grew up in Valtellina with my grandfather, a great lover of mountaineering and cycling. I think that all the love for the mountains was indirectly transmitted to me by him. I see myself a lot in his passions. I still carry a photo of him with me so that he never stops going to the mountains even now that he is gone. I owe it to him ... Besides, he definitely brings me a lot of luck. Also my parents have contributed to foment this gigantic love. I also went through some quite difficult years, but which I still do not regret. At a certain point the mountain called me back to itself in a visceral way and I could only go along with it until I became what I am today: the best version of myself.
The conversation doesn't last long, we have to go on. We will always be impressed by the words that, before getting into the car, the policemen they told us: "It takes some perseverance guy, I hope you have it." We get back on the road. 4:00 in the morning is the most infamous time ever. You are tired enough to want to sleep, but you have the adrenaline that gives you wonderful mood swings. Little by little, however, we begin to see the first lights and Stefano's face also cheers up, dawn is coming and with it the first snow-capped mountains. It snowed the whole day yesterday.
How was the idea of "Vertical Line" born? Of this union between cycling and mountaineering, towards a 4000m peak?
If the first 180km already seemed difficult, the start of the climb is even more complex and visceral. The view of the Matterhorn, however, gives Stefano the
strength to push to the last and to arrive in the small town of Cervinia.
relevant or not, but it’s because of the wind, of the -15° Celsius degrees and of the variable fog can make you feel in a constant limbo of colors, lights and restlessness.“What are you thinking about?” I ask him. “Nothing, just the summit.” Of all the thoughts he could have, the only one was to get to the top. A swallowed gel, a supply of water at 3600m and we go on.
All in a single rush: a breakfast swallowed at maximum speed, the change of clothes and off with the split board at his feet. There are still 2100m of elevation gain. Fortunately, the sun is shining for now and the temperatures also give us hope.
In his imperceptible constancy, Stefano went up, accompanied and motivated by intentions that were perhaps not only virtuous, but supported by a deep personal conviction, which objectively in my eyes had something that I could only describe with the adjective "special".
The fatigue, however, is felt and no one is surprised. Then we remember of a word we heard in the night: “perseverance” and we go on. It’s now 11:00 in the morning and continue to climb, without stopping, with some failures, but one step at a time we advance. Around us the peaks of the snow-capped mountains. 5° Celsius degrees and some clouds in the sky. There begins to be some wind that whips our face with grains of ice. We begin to wear warmer clothes. A pair of good glasses on our face and off we go, always ahead.
In the outdoor world we are used to big feats, to epic adventures, to 8000m mountains conquered in one day without stopping. Yet seeing a man so "normal" and at the same time so dedicated to an outof-the-ordinary goal made me reconsider how much potential each of us wastes in his own existence.
I see him going on step by step, with a few pauses. I see it, I feel that tiredness that would block him, that makes him want to give up, but he doesn't stop. “You are the ones who came up from the valley by bike this morning” the caretaker of the refuge asks me. “That’s us!” “You’re crazy.” he answers with a smile.
There are just 200m to the top. The wind has increased and our steps, between one crevasse and another, seem more unstable than ever. One step after the other, without stopping, and before even realizing it, we are at the top. He smiles. Doesn’t speak. Laughs more.
Slowly, we reach Plateau Rosa, 3500m. “The bulk is done, now off to the summit… Like it’s easy” and for many people it is: Breithorn, to the most experts, may seem an easy four-thousander compared to other peaks, but with 200km in our legs and more than 2500m of elevation gain just done without pauses maybe this mountain is not that easy.
I wanted to ask him: "Did you imagine it?" But his face already had the answer printed in a serene, calm smile. His weariness was gone. It’s 4:00 in the afternoon. Less than 24 hours passed since we left. Without stopping. Without ever sleeping. He made it. P.s.: all vulgarities and blasphemies have been excluded from this reportage for a healthy and good mutual respect.
We begin to feel the altitude. It’s not because of the absence of air, which is
Only Known Time Cammino Rigoni Stern FKT BY FILIPPO CAON PHOTOS ELISA BESSEGA RUNNERS ANDREA TORRESAN & FILIPPO CAON S U P P O R T E D BY VA L A R SA & E R C O L E T E M P O L I B E R O
FKTs are born as hiking records on American long-distance trails, such as Triple Crown of Hiking. For this reason the most important FKTs do not require mountaineering progression techniques, and they are long enough to justify a trek lasting several days, if not months.
Cammino Rigoni Stern is a hiking trail that connects Vicenza’s Accademia Olimpica to the birthplace of Mario Rigoni Stern in Asiago. Officially, it is 80 kilometers long with an elevation gain of 1400 meters, and it was created by the cultural association Cammini Veneti for the centenary of the writer's birth. CRS will only officially open at the end of 2022, but there are already temporary trail signs on the route. Based on these, on April 30th, Andrea and I covered the entire trail, perhaps for the first time ever. But backwards, from Asiago to Vicenza, with assistance and in a single stage. During the last week (today is May 2nd) on the website fastestknowntime.com thirtytwo FKTs have been registered. Of these, five are in the UK, two in Germany, one in Italy, and all the others in the United States. Among these thirty-two, coexist peacefully Jeff Browning's record on the Grand Canyon Crossing, one of the most important routes in the history of ultrarunning, and a tenkilometer FKT in a public park in Mannheim, a town in the Baden-Württemberg land remembered by musicologists and by no one else for having given the name to the Mannheimer Schule.
The value of an FKT is given by its history, by the logic of the route and by the possibility of repeating it. In addition, FKTs are born as hiking records on American long-distance trails, such as Triple Crown of Hiking. For this reason the most important FKTs do not require mountaineering progression techniques, and they are long enough to justify a trek lasting several days, if not months. The fact that the fastestknowntime.com site does not have a selection criterion contributed to the explosion of the FKT phenomenon, but in my opinion it also diminished its value. In Italy today the site registers ninety-eight FKTs. Some of these are very beautiful and logical trails (such as Ortogonale 1 and Alta Via del Granito), others a little less. In any case, there is no general desire to repeat them, while the desire to create new ones is a little too present. In this I see the main limitation of the movement and of the fastestknowntime.com site, at least in Italy. Registering the route on the site does not seem to me an added value, nor a criterion of legitimation. For this reason, we decided to not register it, limiting ourselves to informing the association that takes care of the route of our attempt and com-
municating the result. We are aware that this may be a limit in the disclosure of the route, but it requires a greater commitment to obtaining information, forcing those interested to visit the association's website, read the history of the route, and in general to inform themselves. In reality, Cammino Rigoni Stern is not a historical route, indeed, it has yet to be born: the official opening was scheduled for 2021, the centenary of the birth of Mario Rigoni Stern, but for administrative reasons it has been postponed to the end of 2022. There’s no an official track and the trail signs on the route are temporary. The association that takes care of it, Cammini Veneti, is known above all for the Cammino Fogazzaro Roi,
a parallel route with a similar development of the future Rigoni Stern route, and which for years has been taking hikers between the plains and the Pre-Alps of Vicenza. We have chosen to face CRS in the opposite direction (downhill, from Asiago to Vicenza) for logistical and emotional reasons (it was a homecoming), but also for aesthetic reasons: walking on a route that develops for its 75% on the plain means having a relationship with a territory little considered by those who do outdoor sports and especially by those who practice trail running. We have an idea of trail running as a discipline so tied to the mountain and to the elevation gain that we hardly notice the potential of these places.
Running on a trail that passes alongside the places where you grew up, if accompanied by a certain disposition of mind, can be touching, especially if you didn't plan the route yourself. Everything becomes more important. Even the landscape, the humidity, the sky that seems clear but you know it’s dirty with a light haze that only those born on the plain can see. I discovered this route by accidentally ending up in it, while looking for a trail to run on when I returned to Vicenza. I started studying it and joining its pieces, little by little, like you do with a climbing route. I wanted to enter in contact, even emotionally, with “the idea that the kilometers you grind with your legs somehow belong to you. You get to know them closely one meter at a time, what used to be a number becomes a landscape, environment and territory, you feel that it belongs to you in the sense that you feel part of it” as Elisa wrote the day after our attempt. Involving Andrea was the key to sharing with someone the conclusive point of a largely solitary process: he remained completely involved and absorbed by the idea, the environment and the run. During the first hours, while Davide accompanied us to the gates of the plateau, we talked a lot, but when we were alone, starting the descent towards the valley, we gradually fell into silence. It was the two of us with our thoughts, running one in front of the other among those damp groves on the edge of the river. From a deserted Piazza Carli you take the little train cycle path, which leads first to Canove di Roana and then to Tresche Conca. The route first crosses the pastures around Asiago and then a dense wood of spruce trees. From there, the Old Cost leads down to Cogollo del Cengio, on a serpentine of hairpins that are first unpaved, then asphalted. Between Calvene and Fara it crosses two small valleys surrounded by hills and Palladian villas. The plain begins shortly after, at the fortieth kilometer, when from Breganze you first take the Astico embankment and then the Tesina one, which leads to Vicenza. We passed a couple of kilometers from my home, just in front of my grandmother's house (who had Covid so she waited for us at the window), another Palladio villa, and then we arrived at Olimpico, the only theater of Vi-
cenza where I have never played, and where I will not play anymore. Running on a trail that passes alongside the places where you grew up, if accompanied by a certain disposition of mind, can be touching, especially if you didn't plan the route yourself. Everything becomes more important. Even the landscape, the humidity, the sky that seems clear but you know it’s dirty with a light haze that only those born on the plain can see. Because the clarity that exists just after a storm is just another story. The embankment is a telescope on the plain that crosses towns, fields, suburbs and industrial areas, without being seen, joining and dividing with other streams, ditches and rivers, and creating a huge spider web that covers the plain from Turin to Venice. It is a route, a biological universe in its own right and the product of ancient water regulation policies, but it is above all a raised point of view in a landscape where everything is horizontal. We wanted to do this also to be free to run in a way we like. The first FKT hunters, David Horton, Brian Robinson, Ted “Cave Dog” Keizer, sought solitude in their trails. Over the years that style has changed, going more and more towards a "supported" mode. To read this trend only as a question of performance would be partial. I think that for people like us, having assistance on the journey is more than anything else a way to share the experience with people we love: doing things alone is basically not that interesting, beyond the initial rush of being alone in front of eighty, one hundred or one thousand kilometers. There is nothing to measure. And if it is solitude you are looking for, sooner or later you will find it anyway, even if you run side by side, with a car every twenty kilometers. So we preferred to share. Now go run on that route and beat our time.
96 hours in Cortina La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra Trail BY FILIPPO CAON PHOTOS ALEXIS BERG
It first hit me when I saw the starting arch. In the previous weeks I had had plenty of time to metabolize it, and then in the bus, and in the car, before arriving, and in the morning while I was drinking a bad filter coffee with Ale and Matteo in Bassano. I felt okay with myself: I would not run LUT, it's not a tragedy, that's okay. But when I arrived in Cortina on Thursday, seeing that arch hit me. If there is one thing I love about Cortina, and that every year drives me crazy for days looking at Instagram the week after the race, it is the excusatio non petita of the athletes who did bad during the race. There are also the excusatio of those who did well, and who for some reason feel the need to justify the fact that they didn’t do better. The days before the race, on the other hand, are those in which you make up any excuse to prevent any detonations. They are always very focused excuses, specific problems, and very often real, but they are almost never the real causes of withdrawals. In short, in Cortina you don't retire due to knee pain, in Cortina you retire because you make rookie mistakes: there are those who start running too fast, those in a tank top even if it rains, those who eat badly. "You know, my diet was wrong", but Jesus, you've been racing for twenty years, how can you throw up in the first thirty-five kilometers? Whatever happens, we must never admit that we started running at a senseless pace, and in Cortina everyone starts running at a senseless pace: "but I was feeling fine, it's just that at a certain moment: blackout."
in a ward with a name that makes the interlocutor retreat. Everything is there, it's perfect. It's a bit long to tell, and afterwards people tend to ask me different questions, after a few days it gets a bit repetitive, but heck, it always looks nice: you know, I’ve gotten a tick running close to home, after a couple for weeks I had some symptoms and went to the E.R for some tests, I went in thinking I would spend the night in the waiting room and instead I went out of the hospital three days later. I was hospitalized in the infectious diseases ward, it was the long weekend of June 2nd and there was no specialist doctor in the hospital to discharge me, it took them three days to give me the serological results for TBE. In the end they didn't understand if it was Lyme but blah blah blah. I mean, if you can't run at least find a good excuse. But the real reason I don't run the race isn't because of the tick, at least not the only one. Yes, that whole story is true, but I finished the antibiotics ten days ago, and in the meantime I could have started running again, or just trying to. The real reason why I don't run is as trivial as all the others: in the hospital, between one soup and another, I noticed a tendon that hurt above my ankle. At first I ignored it, but the week after, when I tried to run (on antibiotics), it hurt a lot and never stopped, for two damn weeks. The truth is, I managed to get injured in the only two weeks off of the last two years.
As for me, for the first two days in Cortina I had a wonderful excuse, perhaps one of the most beautiful that has ever been invented. There is something picturesque in my story, it is not a trivial injury, there is more, it is almost compelling. There are antibiotics, exhaustion, nights in hospital
In Cortina there’s also Rigo. He’s my exact opposite: he has an awesome engine, I'm a scarce, he's a dickhead, I'm relatively methodical, he's probably not afraid to do some bullshit, while I'm terrified of bullshit, that's why I have never done many. However, we have in common that we are both there to do something other than racing. He asks me if I want to partecipate anyway, just walking, eating at the refreshment points and walking slowly down the slopes, at least to see how it goes. I had already thought about this eventuality at home, and to avoid making the mistake of falling for it, I didn’t bring to Cortina anything necessary for the race. I didn't even bring a jacket to avoid the risk of finding myself on the starting line. "What's the problem: I have a jacket" "But I don't even have a backpack" "I have that too". Fuck. However, despite his temptations, I manage not to race.
started, but you can already feel the stink of death. Tommy provides assistance to his athletes during the night, and then follows Francesca in the 80km race of the next day. As for me, I can't stay awake and at three in the morning I collapse in the front seat. The first ones run so fast that between the eighteenth and forty-fifth kilometers we just have time to get into the car and drive away. The night is cold, and at that moment I am genuinely happy to not be in the race. The nights in the Dolomites are damn cold, and in LUT you pass a series of very humid hollows, between Cimabanche, Misurina and Lake Antorno. We arrive at Malga Ra’ Stua after the first ones have just passed. The dawn is clear, and the pink sky begins to freeze the humidity and sweat on the runners: it is the coldest time of the day, just before the sun comes out of the Sennes valley. Alberto Ferretto passes around the twentieth position: he is fine, he eats, his brain is connected, and he is doing a great race. He tells me that he is a bit stuck on the descent due to his knee (it was his excuse before leaving), but that he is fine on the climb and there regains positions: better for you Albi that now you have twenty kilometers of climbing.
I'm sleeping at the Hotel de la Poste, a historic hotel in the center of Cortina dedicated to athletes and to the press. On the morning of the race, at breakfast, the tension can be cut with a knife. I have my second breakfast with Tommy and Francesca, who as a serious athlete spends time spying on others' breakfast. Kelly Wolf eats plain yogurt with fruit, I don't remember the other ones. The female athletes present are all at least two tables away, and do not look at each others, even if they run in different races, Kelly Wolf, Mimmi Kotka, Francesca. Men seem more relaxed, and Michele Graglia and Cody Reed's table is particularly crowded. There is the smell of competition in the air, and of detonations. I spend the night of the race with Tommy, in Ospitale, at the eighteenth kilometer, the first thirteen runners pass all together, en masse, in an hour and thirty-two. It's a crazy pace, usually there is always someone who makes a senseless pace, but this year they all pass together in the space of a minute: madness. The race has just
Phil Knight wrote that we riders tend to compare everything to a race, life, work, personal relationships, but most of the time the two things don't matter.
From Malga Ra’ Stua the route sinks into a canyon and then emerge at the foot of Trave-nanzes. All good races, those with a sensible course, have points feared by every runner, semi-legendary places that everyone hopes to reach and overcome. Val Travenanzes is one of these places, where you can try all the experiences that this sport can offer: dehydration, sunstroke, hunger crisis, retching. At the end of the valley there’s a short descent, a climb, and then you go downhill towards Col Gallina. Col Gallina is like the Pillars of Hercules, and once you pass it you are sure you will arrive. Compared to twenty kilometers before, the faces of the runners are almost transfigured. I just had time to get in the car, go through Cortina to free the room, go back to Falzarego, and in the meantime life has passed before them.
val, it is not for the Dolomites. It is for the things that are no longer there. Do you think that a year before you were in this same place with friends who are not here, and that all things considered, even if this year seems to suck it will never get better. Then you think you're getting mushy and that rhetoric is something to be avoided, whatever the cost, especially when writing. At nine in the evening I still haven't figured out where I'm going to spend the night, so Rob makes a couple of rounds of the village to find a place to set a tent. In the end I give up, I want a shower and a power socket, so I go to the campsite where Ste Cariboo sleeps. He should have run too, but things didn't go as well for him as he had thought. Phil Knight wrote that we riders tend to compare everything to a race, life, work, personal relationships, but most of the time the two things don't matter. He's right, but I like to think that ultrarunning puts you in front of unexpected events, like any other sport on the other hand, but in this one, unlike the others, you have to like the unexpected.
Nobody knows why, on Saturday at LUT we all meet at Col Gallina. One goes to watch others suffer, to give extreme unction to those who have withdrawn, to complain about their foods, or to drink a beer, strengthened by the fact that, on the other side of the route, there is someone else who suffers. At Col Gallina we are always there, with camping chairs, a beach umbrella and the white red and blue banner of Destination Unknown. There are also those who have retired during the night, and who have nothing better to do than come and dispense good advice. It is always a positive situation in which you share an attitude for this sport and you find friends that you haven’t seen in months. Then you think about how things should have gone, and how they didn't go. You think you are also tired of following this race from the outside, but all in all you are also tired of thinking about it, of preparing it. And you think it's actually not important, that's not why you do that. It is not for that arc of arri-
I don't know if I'll run it next year, I can't say now, and it's not a problem, it's useless to think about it. I will take what comes, as in the race: wind and rain, snow and sun, health and disease, and that’s that.
I don't know if I'll run it next year, I can't say now, and it's not a problem, it's useless to think about it. I will take what comes, as in the race: wind and rain, snow and sun, health and disease, and that’s that.
La vera sfida contro il tempo è un’altra BY CHIARA GUGLIELMINA
We have rerouted everything in our favor for decades. Everywhere and even in the mountains. Today the mountain is making us rerouting. For now, here on Monte Rosa, with kindness at least. The Era of Performance
anticipate the end of mankind. I know and share the need to escape, I like to run too. I understand the duties of professional athletes and I defend their rights. It is equally true, however, that it is now vital to take our eyes off the Garmin on the wrist to focus on more pressing numbers. Sacred the need, in this sadistic Era of Performance, for distraction. But if we continue to live on distractions alone, we will die of distractions.
I would have liked to tell you about Monte Rosa SkyMarathon, the highest skyrunning race in Europe with its start and finish line in Alagna, Valsesia, and its highest pass at 4554 meters at Capanna Regina Margherita, on Punta Gnifetti, Monte Rosa. A 35-kilometer trip with 7000 meters of total elevation gain. The race took place on June 25th, but today is July 4th and yesterday's tragedy on Marmolada forces me to talk about it differently. For greater clarity for the reader and respect for recent events, the article will be divided into chapters.
Attacking a retreating soldier The race was held on Saturday, but I already climbed the glacier on Friday. For some editions now, I have been dealing with the documentation of the event and this year I should have photographed
Because you cannot combine numbers that tell incredible athletic performances with those that
the passage of Roccette, a few meters below Capanna Gnifetti, at 3350 meters high. Lorenz came with me to help me, he is a plumber in life but he has an innate talent for photography and a great desire to follow me in the mountains. Then he is a good friend, which is good. The goal was to be seated in the refuge, with a slice of cake and steaming coffee, by 11:30 in the morning: bad weather was expected. And finding yourself at more than 3000 meters, on that fragment of rocks, wandering in the fog and rumbling between lightning and thunder, it isn’t that tempting.
us, moved towards the refuge. I remember feeling pain and perplexity at the same time. When I was a child, "my" mountain was my grandfather Luciano's refuge and there everyone smiled and greeted. The most sociable played cards, the reserved ones read or did the crossword puzzles and the little ones annoyed the tadpoles down by the river or played capture the flag. In that unknown mountain, with few houses and beautiful people, everyone knew how to smile. I haven't felt the same for years. And even here on Monte Rosa I have the impression that the distant human silhouettes linked to each other advance more by inertia than for pleasure. My "whys" are more numerous every day. “Why coming up here? I wonder. "If not to find a place to smile..." "We don't do things to smile anymore." I answer myself. I feel sorry for those people who seem sad up here and at the same time what per-plex me is the choice of the destination, there are safer places to be unhappy.
As soon as we arrived at Punta Indren, around 9, a gruesome spectacle greeted us: the glacier is simply unrecognizable. It seems that someone has added rock, but the ice "only" melted. It disappeared but it seems to me that it ran upwards, like a retreating soldier, scared and dirty. We attacked it, undaunted: a war crime. Some teams started climbing at a slow pace towards Piramide Vincent, others, like
The void before the refuge
I immediately raise my chin towards Canalino Gnifetti, where the race has always passed and where it should have passed this year as well. The tongue of snow, an isolated survivor of winter and a witness to the metamorphisms of the mantle, has disappeared. One of the most scenic passages of the race, which on the way back turned into a huge natural slide, is today a steep channel of precarious stones from which modest but constant discharges are triggered. The organizers, together with the Alpine Guides in charge, were obliged to redesign the race course, lengthening it by over a kilometer. That wonderful passage, inclined by more than 40°, is today a steep brown ramp: a desert at high altitude.
Thoughts aside, Lorenz and I set off towards the refuge ahead of schedule. Our usual "good pace" is slowed down by heavy backpacks, but in less than an hour we are at the foot of the refuge. The last traverse is very simple but the snow, like an upturned slush on the ground and frozen again, forms an insidious layer: it seems to walk on soap. We choose to take the long loop to reach the entrance, passing from behind. As you know, the big holes on Monte Rosa begin behind Gnifetti and in my head the phrase of a guide friend of mine resounds: “pay attention over there Chiaretta, it’s full of holes." I am not a lion's heart, mind you, but damn me I am sinking with pride, so I go on in silence but I sharpen my sight. A couple of wet ropes and a rusty ladder separate us from the steaming coffee. A new crack divides our steps from the final rock passage. Lorenz perceives my discomfort and passes first on a very narrow snow bridge:
We have rerouted everything in our favor for decades. Everywhere and even in the mountains. Today the mountain is making us rerouting. For now, here on Monte Rosa, with kindness at least.
“Everyone has passed here…” he says to reassure me. “If it held me, it can hold you too” he continues. I don't knock on wood and I follow him. A few minutes later we are inside, under our butts a dry bench and under our noses an exaggerated portion of banana bread. In fact, the passage held us, and the weather did not worsened. It starts to snow ice when we are at the last bite: at 11:20, punctual as a Swiss clock. We will wait in the refuge until 4 in the morning, the time of the race.
leave at dawn to tackle the challenging 35 kilometers up to an altitude of 4554 meters with 7000 meters of total elevation gain. Seeing the athletes kicking around like chamois on such a technical course is spectacular.
What happened The eighteen hours spent in the refuge are not interesting. I want to tell you about those spent outside. The first ones to pass in front of our photographic lenses, after passing Antonioli and Bonaldi, were Franco Collé from Valle d'Aosta and Tadei Pivk from Friuli. They would stop the clock in Alagna, a few hours later, with a time of 5:11'35'', finishing in first place. The women's victory was a welcome surprise: Mexican athlete Karina Car-solio (who had never climbed so high) crossed the finish line, together with Austrian athlete Stephanie Kröll, in 6h43'31''. Every year, in conjunction with the race to the top, the AMA VK2 takes place: a more accessible yet challenging competition. It
Historical Background Thirty years of history are not few, especially for a race. Exactly thirty years ago, on the same route as today, the first Monte Rosa SkyMarathon took place. Few people know it but it is the event that gave birth to skyrunning in 1992. The true one. Around here we talk about a legend when we turn to it and, although I personally don't like to be too unbalanced, the show of the event has something magical about it. Over 170 teams from 25 countries
is 9 kilometers of pure ascent with 2086 meters of positive elevation gain. A double Vertical Kilometer that reaches an altitude of 3200 meters on the arrival point. The first ones to reach Punta Indren this year were Marcello Ugazio in 1h35'56'' and Grandjean Noémie in 2h08’24”.
lens at the seracs behind the Gnifetti refuge was the most natural gesture in the world. And feeling sadness and discouragement is the inevitable consequence. An entire city of melting ice where even the tallest skyscrapers suffer and some, from time to time, even collapse. Thinking back today, after the devastating collapse in Marmolada, to what I have framed up there, makes me shiver. While I note these sensations I have the window open because of the great heat and, in the street, a child screams to his mother. I am elsewhere and I seem to hear the screams of the alpine glaciers, the lament of our planet. Of all humanity.
What I saw In the frame of the camera that excludes the superfluous, you see more. I never understood photographers who don't use the viewfinder, framing helps to synthesize, to highlight. Long focal lengths are more suitable for the purpose, but even with a 12mm you can estrange yourself. The magnification ratio is not important, but the isolation is, and the edges of a wide-angle shot are still black. I often find myself using the photographic instrument as a telescope, especially in the mountains. Before shooting I enjoy looking, to contextualize, to understand. On June 25th, at dawn, aiming the
The images you see witness a sporting challenge, but in the absence of white, in the distance and out of focus, you can read all the drama of one of the most urgent issue of our time. What if it is really the end of an era?
As long as we have something left
are important and should not be eliminated or discouraged. But I cling to the utopia that from now on, with the same enthusiasm and use of resources, we will organize more activities about the education and the protection of what remains. As long as we have something left.
I have neither the right nor the intention to focus on what happened on Marmolada. I'm just saying that when you lose a part, however small, of something big, you always lose a part of the whole. And that without all the parts, the "whole" ceases to be such. Races, events and demonstrations
Races, events and demonstrations are important and should not be eliminated or discouraged. But I cling to the utopia that from now on, with the same enthusiasm and use of resources, we will organize more activities about the education and the protection of what remains. As long as we have something left.
In Nepal si scalano anche le montagne BY C H I A R A G U G L I E L M I N A & M AT T EO PAVA N A
Chiara Guglielmina and Matteo Pavana tell us about their recent trip to Nepal, which took place between November and December 2021, to document the humanitarian mission of the voluntary organization Cuore Attivo Monterosa in the remote Arun valley. Chiara and Matteo are different people. They met in Nepal between extemporaneous words and thoughts, in a reality suspended beyond the everyday life. In a new place for both, through mutual knowledge of the other, investigating the figure of the mountain man who resists. Looking for answers in the depths of time. Maintaining the innocence of the Lost Boys towards Neverland, looking instead for a mountain capable of existing.
ar civil war between the 90s and the 00s and a tremendous earthquake that altered its political, social and economic aspects in the first place, Nepali population nourishes a deep sense of revenge and independence, but still needs help, constantly. Especially there, in the mountains, the most remote regions of the entire country. A place, the mountain in general, which up to 300 years ago was the space of danger, not of charm, a treasure chest of priceless treasures that, before the "conquest" of men, kept precious legends. Real or invented stories that today we no longer know how to read. This helped to bring us into the humid jungle, at the foot of those mountains, to go in search of unknown sounds and signs to understand the evolution of the mountain over the centuries, with the ambitious goal of understanding its future direction. Because the primary goal of our expedition was precise: to help as much as possible and in the best possible way.
To the authors it seems right to continue this constantly evolving confrontation, without a precise route, but with the desire to discover, learn, know. Maybe even grow up.
“The secret of the mountain is that the mountains simply exist, as I do myself: the mountains exist simply, which I do not. The mountains have no "meaning," they are meaning the mountains are.”
In a place so far from home and uneven in most respects, finding the correct modus operandi is a process based on experience. Experience that by its very definition is refined, improving in deeds and thoughts, more on the basis of failures than good results. Which is not so different from what real exploration is, the one that took hold on those mountains and regions with the first western expeditions of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, pure and conscious experimentation. To be of help in these places, you need to forget your own identity, tempora-
Peter Matthiessen from “The Snow Leopard”. For us Alpine people (who live on or close to the slopes of the Alps) Nepal is commonly known for being the guardian of some of the most severe giants on earth, those eight-thousanders that rise from the green earth and split the sky in half, redefining the concept of horizon itself. The ancient history of Nepal is itself lost in myth, while the more recent one embodies the living metaphor of resilience. Despite the recent tenye-
An unkempt beard, neither short nor long, the color of burnt ash. Il Seppi tastes the air of the Nepali land in the early morning. A man who gives the right importance to the right things. In his dark and shy eyes, the sincere humility of those who only want to help those who, like him, live in the mountains, on the mountains. rily neglect yourself in order to dedicate yourself totally to your neighbor. In one word "to be". Does that sound trivial? Only if we consider trivial everything that does not foresee us at the center of the universe. It is not only an act of humility, nor of common sense, but it is the true philosophy with which Cuore Attivo Monterosa operates.
The true founder of the organization is “Il Seppi”, Michi’s uncle. Some of you may have already heard the name of Michele Cucchi “the Mountaineer”, “the Mountain Guide”, “the Explorer”, “the Rescuer”. But maybe not the name of Michele "grandson of Seppi". Of the tall man, of his iron grey beard, of the eternal enthusiastic guy around the Himalayas, with backpacks, tents and equipment of all kinds, and followed by a some kind of host of faithful people, maybe that’s a more interesting story that needs to be told. What you don't know is that his uncle, several generations ago, laid the foundations for the aid and protection project in the Himalayan Highlands. An unkempt beard, neither short nor long, the color of burnt ash. Il Seppi tastes the air of the Nepali land in the early morning. A man who gives the right importance to the right things. In his dark and shy eyes, the sincere humility of those who only want to help those who, like him, live in the mountains, on the mountains. The list of what Giuseppe Enzio (aka “Il Seppi”) had done would take up a page at least. You just need to know that life becomes harder for everyone over time. Il Seppi is still active but, tired because of his 67 years, he passed the baton to Michele. In short, a legacy that is simple to manage. A bit like a beautiful watch or some other shiny jewel. A few thousand people at the foot of the Himalayas, from Nepal to Pakistan, from the Makalu Valley to the one that is home to giants such as K2, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum I and II.
Cuore Attivo Monterosa was born in 2019 in Alagna Valsesia with the aim of promoting and developing cooperation projects at national and international level. It coordinates the dissemination of culture with the foundation of schools and libraries, it promotes medical support and basic health information activities in the mountain villages of the Himalayan valleys. In Italy, Cuore Attivo works locally to support activities dedicated to young people from Valsesia to make the "mountain life" known, with the goal of creating an awareness of their territories and traditions. The first time that Cuore Attivo Monterosa brought aid to Nepal was in 2017. On that occasion, a primary school was built in the village of Rapsa, also located in the Arun valley, on the slopes of Mount Makalu. In 2018 and 2019 the organization went back to the neighboring villages and provided further aid to the local populations, through the construction of infrastructures (kindergarten and elementary school in Sembung, elementary school in Cepuwa, artistic/expressive laboratory in Khandbari), medical support and the study of additional help plans and strategies.
Without claiming to find that truth and indeed, aware that we will not go far alone, we wonder about the evolution of these increasingly accessible and absurdly, for illogical consequence, increasingly desolate places. “If walking into the responsibility of caring for eighteen children was difficult, walking out on that responsibility was almost impossible. The children had become a constant presence, little spinning tops that splattered joy onto everyone they bumped into.”
who between one patient and another also had the energy to study and take the Red Cross volunteer exam. She took the exam two days after our return, passing it. Finally there were us, Chiara and Matteo. We were both there to document. Documenting for us means immortalizing what it was to understand the truth. And luckily for us, taking photos is a valid and useful way to do it.
Conor Grennan from “Little Princes: One Man’s Promise To Bring Home The Lost Children Of Nepal”
The Medical Health Camp was the reason for the entire expedition. But leaving to bring first aid with basic treatments in those places makes you feel a misguided idealist. The dirty and unkempt smile of one of those people is enough to make you change your mind, because in those high mountain villages there has never been a doctor to visit them, no one has ever taken care of them. In fact, at least half of the patients had never laid down on a stretcher, so they didn't know how to do it.
Every project, every help, comes from the feeling of a person and his need to share it. And sharing creates extraordinary things. There was Michi, the expedition leader. He speaks little and when he speaks you would listen to him for hours. Michi is thirsty for justice and wants to give back what life has given him. With all of himself. There were Paolo and Rosella. He is next to her never by chance, he speaks when he needs to and what he says is needed, while she is the most experienced doctor of the group. Rosella goes by the name Ross, with two S, because probably after a lifetime of people calling her Rossella she thought Ross was the proper nickname for her. Paolo, on the other hand, calls himself Paolo. There was Marco, a young graduate doctor, a disciple of Ross. There were Elisabetta and Davide. She is a nurse while he, her son, is a proud mechanic, unanimously elected "shipping handyman”. There was another Marco, a mountain guide from Piedmont, transplanted to the Aosta Valley, who has been collaborating with Cuore Attivo for years. At the age of thirty, life decided to give him diabetes. He responded to life: "Too sweet, I'll go on anyway." There was Gigliola,
The large orange tent, full of humanity from morning to evening, which we carried around a little on our backs and a little on tired mules, was "only" the symbol of a more ambitious aid project in the Makalu valley and in the whole Himalaya. Constantly with us was Sunita, for example, who is like a super Nepali woman. True multipurpose, the sweetest of entrepreneurs, but also a teacher, a trekking expert and the head of one of the coolest projects we've ever heard of. Like Il Seppi, she helps mountain people to live in the mountains. Simple and complex. You see, you have to try to imagine this green jungle as one of the mountain valleys you know, close to your home. Now imagine, a few kilometers apart, villages of huts decorating the homogeneous green mass with thatched roofs. At the bottom, far and
The end of this journey is the beginning of a new chapter, a constantly evolving vision that involves several aspects. And that perhaps it could expand and take on further, larger and more ambitious ones. Always looking there, in the depths of time. somehow near, a higher peak to look out. They are the fascinating “Highlands” that our grey matter shaped in the West cannot understand. Here, you have to imagine something that you cannot visualize. Forgotten lands, appreciated just for the halfday trekking that crosses them to reach the "Base Camp" of the "real" mountains, those marked with those famous names that perhaps, today, rather than climbing them for a few more likes on socials or for mere personal satisfaction, should be understood together and approached in a different way, with different purposes.
served in certain small Alpine realities, reappears in the Himalayas.
“After a while, as happens in Nepal, the feeling of wasting time became the one of having to adapt to a different flow of time. It’s only when you give up that you get into the right spirit of the journey." Paolo Cognetti from “Senza Mai Arrivare In Cima”. Almost seven hundred patients examined, whose name, sex, height, weight, heart rate and pressure, pathology and related treatment were handwritten on sheets of paper and then reinserted on a large excel spreadsheet. It is essential to keep track of what has been done to make a post hoc analysis and, above all, to improve in future expeditions. Because it is necessary to educate the population in the most important and simple gestures (always boiling water, washing hands before eating food, washing the body for intimate hygiene). Because it is absolutely necessary to educate the teachers of the villages (and therefore the educated segment of the population). Because a great willpower is essential, as well as massive aid from the government, to ensure that the mental mechanisms are created and the appropriate infrastructures installed. Because even the black beast of plastic is a problem that needs to be faced and eradicated as soon as possible, in places where this must be absolutely avoided.
We are two guys with the only certainty of the pleasure that the mountains give us. The desire to defend what we love is the trivial consequence. And that's not enough. Without claiming to find that truth and indeed, aware that we will not go far alone, we wonder about the evolution of these increasingly accessible and absurdly, for illogical consequence, increasingly desolate places. The Nepali super woman mentioned above has been fighting for the same goal for a few years. Identifying for each village (and every year the village is different) the brightest girl and offering her the opportunity to go downhill for a few meters, to Khandbari, to receive the adequate education that will enable her to return to her village, a few years later, as a teacher or as a nurse. To crown the idea, Cuore Attivo Monterosa, again with "Il Seppi", began its activity in Nepal with the construction of the Rapsa Elementary School, in 2017. A collaboration that manages to make human resources and infrastructures available for education. For the future.
The end of this journey is the beginning of a new chapter, a constantly evolving vision that involves several aspects. And that perhaps it could expand and take on further, larger and more ambitious ones. Always looking there, in the depths of time.
This year the organization has decided to focus on health aid. The project linked to education continues, but at the same time we try to pursue all the issues related to a development program. In short, what we want to avoid is that the model that we have already sadly ob-
We end this article with a final quote. Ours.
“It’s important to never stop and go further. Always."
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ITA BIKE SPORT ADVENTURE ITA RIDERS ACTION ITA SALEWA OUTLET ENNA ITA STILE LIBERO ITA BOULDER & CO SALEWA OUTLET PALMANOVA ITA ITA PEAK LAND ITA ALAGNA OUTDOOR ITA BASE CAMP ITA BORDINO FRANCO ITA KING BOARD SHOP ALBA ITA MOUNTAIN HOME ITA KING BOARDSHOP ITA SPORTLER ALBIGNASEGO ITA ARCO SPORT ITA KEVOLUTIONS ITA SPORTRAGE ITA C.ELLE SPORT ITA SPORT HUB ALMENNO ITA ACTIVITY PEOPLE ITA ALPSTATION ANDALO ITA FOTO SPORT BANAL ITA SPORTLAND ANTEGNATE ALPINE WORLD SHOP & GUIDES ITA ITA ALPSTATION AOSTA 2.0 ITA CLAUDESPORT ITA CRAZY BY VERTICAL ITA MEINARDI SPORT ITA SALEWA AOSTA ITA SWIT SHOP ITA GAL SPORT ITA JOE SPORT ITA EVIVA SPORT ITA LARINO ALBINO ITA ALPSTATION ARCO ITA ARCO CLIMBING ITA ART ROCK ITA CLIMBING VILLAGE ITA G ARCO ITA KARPOS STORE ARCO ITA LA SPORTIVA ARCO ITA OLIUNÌD ARCO ITA RED POINT 1 ITA RED POINT 2 ITA ROCK & ICE ARCO ITA SALEWA ARCO ITA VERTICAL WORLD SPORT ITA GOBBI SPORT ITA RED POINT 2 (MABB 90) ITA VERTICAL SPORT ARCO ITA THE NORTH FACE ARESE ITA ALPSTATION AREZZO ITA PRATI DEL VALLONE ITA BALLONI SPORT ITA CLIMBAP ITA EXUM ITA MASTER SPORT PESAVENTO MOUNTAIN STORE ITA ITA SPORTLAND ASOLA ITA UNY STORE ITA RRTREK GRAN SASSO ITA MATIS SPORT ITA ALPSTATION LAVAREDO ITA DEGNI SPORT ITA BSHOP AVIGLIANA ITA TREKKING SPORT ITA FINISH LINE ITA SALEWA OUTLET MANTOVA ITA AFFARI & SPORT BALLABIO ITA TONINO SPORT ITA CENTRO ROSSIGNOL ITA ZEROQUATTRO ITA CARAVELLA SCOUT ITA IMPACT SHOP ITA LA SORGENTE ITA MAROCCO SPORT ITA ALE’S SURF SHOP ITA ALPSTATION BASSANO ITA DF SPORT SPECIALIST ITA MAZZARONA SPORT ITA ROBI SPORT ITA SU E GIU' SPORT ITA B-STORE ITA CAI BERGAMO ITA GREAT ESCAPES BERGAMO ITA LANDI SPORTS ITA MARCO SPORT SERVICE DF SPORT SPECIALIST BEVERA ITA ITA BIBOSPORT BIELLA ITA FABBRICA SKI SISES BIELLA ITA FRANCO SPORT ITA IL GALLO ITA NUOVI ORIZZONTI BOLOGNA ITA PATAGONIA BOLOGNA ITA THE NORTH FACE BOLOGNA ITA VILLA 1928 ITA CMP BOLZANO ITA MONTURA BOLZANO ITA MOUNTAINSPIRIT ITA SALEWA WORLD BOLZANO ITA SPORTLER BOLZANO ITA THE NORTH FACE BOLZANO ITA CAVALLO CENTRO SPORT ITA MASSI SPORT ITA TEMPO LIBERO ITA FLOWER ITA CRAZY STORE BORMIO ITA MOUNTAIN & RUNNING ITA PATAGONIA BORMIO ITA SKI TRAB ITA CELSO SPORT SHOP ITA G2 SPORT ITA BLOCCO MENTALE ITA FRISCO SHOP ITA GIALDINI ITA MAD CLIMBERS PALESTRA ITA MINOIA STORE ITA ROMEO SPORT ITA ROSSIGNOL BRESCIA ITA SPORTLAND BRESCIA ITA KLEON SPORT ITA SPORTLER BRESSANONE ITA BERTHOD SPORT ITA MOUNTAIN SHOP CERVINIA ITA TOP ONE ITA UAINOT MOUNTAIN SHOP ITA ALPSTATION BRUNICO ITA OUTFIT SPORT MODE ITA PATAGONIA BRUNICO SPORT MODE SCHOENHUBER ITA ITA SPORTLER ALPIN BRUNICO ITA SPORTLER BRUNICO ITA THOMASER ITA ESSERRE ITA EMMECI BOARD & ACTION ITA STILE ALPINO ITA SPORTLER CALALZO ITA VERTICAL SPORT SARCHE ITA NENCINI SPORT ITA PROROCK MOUNTAIN STORE ITA BIG AIR ITA MOUNTAIN SHOP TUBRIS ITA AMPLATZ SPORT ITA DETOMAS SHOP ITA DROP LINE ITA RIGHTFEELING ITA SPORT AMPLATZ ITA NUOVA MIAR SPORT ITA PUNTO RUNNING ITA RADAELLI SPORT ITA BIG WALL ITA NUOVI ORIZZONTI CARPI ITA THE NORTH FACE CARUGATE UNDER ARMOUR CAROSELLO ITA ITA CAMPO BASE BERGAMO ITA MANCINI ITA MANCINI STORE ITA SPORTLAND
ADRANO AFFI AGIRA AGORDO AGRATE BRIANZA AIELLO DEL FRIULI ALA DI STURA ALAGNA VALSESIA ALAGNA VALSESIA ALBA ALBA ALBA ALBA ALBIGNASEGO ALESSANDRIA ALESSANDRIA ALESSANDRIA ALLEGHE ALMENNO SAN SALVATORE ANDALO ANDALO ANDALO ANTEGNATE AOSTA AOSTA AOSTA AOSTA AOSTA AOSTA AOSTA AOSTA AOSTA APPIANO APRICA ARCO ARCO ARCO ARCO ARCO ARCO ARCO ARCO ARCO ARCO ARCO ARCO ARCO ARCO ARCO ARCO ARESE AREZZO ARGENTERA ASCOLI PICENO ASCOLI PICENO ASCOLI PICENO ASCOLI PICENO ASIAGO ASOLA ASOLA ASSERGI ATINA AURONZO DI CADORE AVEZZANO AVIGLIANA AVIGLIANA BADIA POLESINE BAGNOLO SAN VITO BALLABIO BALME BARDONECCHIA BARDONECCHIA BARI BARI BARZIO BARZIO BASSANO DEL GRAPPA BASSANO DEL GRAPPA BELLINZAGO LOMBARDO BELLUNO BELLUNO BELVEDERE BERGAMO BERGAMO BERGAMO BERGAMO BERGAMO BEVERA DI SIRTORI BIELLA BIELLA BIELLA BOLOGNA BOLOGNA BOLOGNA BOLOGNA BOLOGNA BOLZANO BOLZANO BOLZANO BOLZANO BOLZANO BOLZANO BORGO SAN DALMAZZO BORGO SAN DALMAZZO BORGOSESIA BORGOSESIA BORMIO BORMIO BORMIO BORMIO BORMIO BRA BRESCIA BRESCIA BRESCIA BRESCIA BRESCIA BRESCIA BRESCIA BRESCIA BRESSANONE BRESSANONE BREUIL CERVINIA BREUIL CERVINIA BREUIL-CERVINIA BREUIL-CERVINIA BRUNICO BRUNICO BRUNICO BRUNICO BRUNICO BRUNICO BRUNICO BUSTO ARSIZIO CADREZZATE CAGLIARI CALALZO CALAVINO CALENZANO CAMAIORE CAMERANO CAMPO TURES CANAZEI CANAZEI CANAZEI CANAZEI CANAZEI CANELLI CANTÙ CANZO CARMAGNOLA CARPI CARUGATE CARUGATE CARVICO CASTEL DI SANGRO CASTEL DI SANGRO CASTEL GOFFREDO
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ALPSTATION BISMANTOVA ITA CRAZY STORE CASTIONE ITA OLGA SPORT ITA LA SPORTIVA STORE CAVALESE ITA LARCHER SPORT ITA UN SESTO ACCA - 1/6H ITA FREETIME ITA MAXI SPORT CERNUSCO ITA MAXI SPORT MERATE ITA CERVINIA 2001 ITA SPORTS CENTER TEAM ITA ALTA QUOTA TORINO ITA AREA 41 ITA BASE CAMP SSD ITA WHITE REEF ITA PASSSPORT CESIOMAGGIORE ITA DELFINO SPORT ITA FRACHEY SPORT ITA MARISPORT X-TREME ITA ROUTE RAMEY 33 ITA SKI SPORT HOUSE ITA ZECCHIN SPORT ITA SPORTLAND CHIARI ITA L'ARTE DI SALIRE IN ALTO ITA ASPORT’S MOUNTAIN CHIES ITA MAIUK SPORT ITA OLLIE ITA RADICAL SPOT ITA SALEWA SONDRIO ITA JEANNOT SPORT ITA GRIMPEUR ITA CPR FREE SPORT ITA MOLINARI SPORT ITA ALCHYMYA ITA ALPSTATION CLES ITA MOUNTAIN SHOP CLES ITA SALEWA CLES ITA SPORT EVOLUTION ITA LOVE BOARD ITA LE PARADIS DES SPORTS ITA CASEROTTI SPORT ITA BETTINESCHI SPORT ITA SPORT PESCOSTA ITA SPORT POSCH ITA PRANTNER ITA SPORT LIFE ITA MAURIZIO SPORT ITA ASPORT’S MOUNTAIN ITA VISONÀ SPORT ITA SPORTMARKET ITA CRAZY BOARD ITA SNOWYSUMMIT ITA DUE & DUE CORTINA ITA FREERIDE HOUSE ITA LA COOPERATIVA DI CORTINA ITA MILLET SHOP ITA MOROTTO SPORTS EQUIPMENT ITA QUOTA 1224 ITA THE NORTH FACE CORTINA ITA BOARDERLINE ITA CORTINA 360 ITA LA SPORTIVA CORTINA ITA PATAGONIA CORTINA ITA ROCK & ICE CORTINA ITA SALEWA CORTINA ITA TECNICA OLYMPIA ITA SPORT ALFREDO ITA SPORT KOSTNER ITA 360 SLIDE SHOP ITA 4810 SPORT ITA ARDI SPORT ITA LA SPORTIVA COURMAYEUR ITA LES PYRAMIDES ITA NOLO COURMA SKI SHOP ITA PATAGONIA COURMAYEUR ITA POINT DU SPORT ITA ULISSE SPORT ITA OLIUNÌD VICENZA ITA ALPSTATION CUNEO ITA BIGUP ITA CRAZY BY VERTICAL ITA SALEWA CUNEO ITA SNOWTIME ITA THE NORTH FACE CUNEO ITA VIALE CALZATURE ITA WILD FREE ITA NOCH SHOP ITA FALETTI MOUNTAIN STORE ITA DF SPORT SPECIALIST ITA MOUNTAIN GARAGE ITA OUTSIDER ITA KRALER SPORT ITA SALEWA DOBBIACO ITA ALPSTATION BRIANZA ITA GVM SHOP ITA MOSONI SPORT ITA POSSA SPORT ITA RE-SKI ITA SPORT EXTREME ITA ERCOLE ITA TONY SPORT ITA MORGAN AIR ITA OUTDOOR & TREKKING STORE ITA HOLIDAY SPORT ITA TWENTY FIVE ITA SPIT SPORT OUTDOOR ITA IL DADO BOULDER ITA LINEA VERTICALE ITA PENNENTE OUTDOOR ITA ALPMANIA ITA DEVA WALL ITA ERREGI SPORT ITA MOUNTAIN LAB ITA CRAZY STORE FINALE LIGURE ITA LA SPORTIVA FINALE LIGURE ITA MONTURA FINALBORGO ITA OLIUNÌD FINALE ITA OUTPOST MONTAINEERING ITA RIDE & RUN CRAZY STORE ITA ROCKSTORE ITA SALEWA FINALE LIGURE ITA CLIMB ITA DREAMSTORE ITA NEVERLAND ITA PESCI CAMPING STORE ITA SPORT CLUB ITA THE NORTH FACE FIRENZE ITA OBIETTIVO MONTAGNA ITA BALANTE SPORT ITA QUERIO ERNESTO ITA CAPO NORD ITA GIMELLI ITA 3.30 RUNNING STORE ITA ROSSIGNOL FORMIGLIANA ITA SNOWGANG ITA FREES SPORT ITA SPORTIFICATION ITA SICCARDI SPORT ITA SURF SHOP ITA BOARDER KING ITA SPORT MAX ITA OTKBOARD ITA ALL4CYCLING ITA BM SPORT ITA BONI SPORT ITA BONI SPORT ITA BOULDER FACTORY ITA CENTRO CANOA ITA HOBBY SPORT ITA MOISMAN ITA REPETTO SPORT ITA SALEWA GENOVA ITA SPINNAKER ITA A&F COMPANY ITA MONTAGNARD SPORT ITA BIG STONE ITA SONEGO ITA RUNNING LIFE ITA WIPE OUT ITA SPORTWAY GRAVELLONA ITA RICCARDO SPORT ITA DAVID “3” SPORT ITA BERGLAND ITA SPORT-GESCHAFT ITA SPORT-GESCHAFT ITA 099 OUTDOOR ITA PLANET RIDER ITA KAFFEKLUBBEN ITA SPORTLAND GUSSAGO ITA MARESPORT ITA QUIKSILVER STORE IMPERIA ITA GRAZIA SPORT ISEO ITA ALPSTATION ISERA ITA ALTA QUOTA ISERNIA ITA 38° PARALLELO ITA SPORTING HOUSE ITA MOUNTAINWORLD ITA BLOCKLAND ITA LELE SHOP ITA SALEWA AQUILA ITA TREKKING L’AQUILA ITA 156 ORNELLA SPORT ITA SPORT 203 ITA
CASTELNOVO NE’ MONTI CASTIONE ANDEVENNO CATANIA CAVALESE CAVARENO CAZZAGO CENCENIGHE AGORDINO CERNUSCO LOMBARDONE CERNUSCO LOMBARDONE CERVINIA CERVINIA CESANA TORINESE CESENA CESENA CESENA CESIOMAGGIORE CETO CHAMPOLUC CHAMPOLUC CHAMPOLUC CHÂTILLON CHIAMPO CHIARI CHIAVARI CHIES D'ALPAGO CHIESA VALMALENCO CHIETI CHIOGGIA CHIURO CHIUSA DI PESIO CIRIÈ CISANO SUL NEVA CIVEZZANO CLAUT CLES CLES CLES CLUSONE CODROIPO COGNE COGOLO COLERE COLFOSCO COLFOSCO IN BADIA COLLALBO COLOMBIERA MOLICCIARA CONDINO CORDENONS CORNEDO CORNUDA CORRIDONIA CORRIDONIA CORTINA D'AMPEZZO CORTINA D'AMPEZZO CORTINA D'AMPEZZO CORTINA D'AMPEZZO CORTINA D'AMPEZZO CORTINA D'AMPEZZO CORTINA D'AMPEZZO CORTINA D’AMPEZZO CORTINA D’AMPEZZO CORTINA D’AMPEZZO CORTINA D’AMPEZZO CORTINA D’AMPEZZO CORTINA D’AMPEZZO CORTINA D’AMPEZZO CORVARA IN BADIA CORVARA IN BADIA COTRONEI COURMAYEUR COURMAYEUR COURMAYEUR COURMAYEUR COURMAYEUR COURMAYEUR COURMAYEUR COURMAYEUR CREAZZO CUNEO CUNEO CUNEO CUNEO CUNEO CUNEO CUNEO CUNEO DARFO BOARIO DARFO BOARIO TERME DESENZANO DEL GARDA DESIO DIMARO FOLGARIDA DOBBIACO DOBBIACO DOLZAGO DOMODOSSOLA DOMODOSSOLA DOMODOSSOLA DOMODOSSOLA DOMODOSSOLA DUEVILLE ENTRACQUE EUPILIO FAENZA FALCADE FALZES FANO FELTRE FELTRE FERMO FERRARA FERRARA FERRARA FIDENZA FINALE LIGURE FINALE LIGURE FINALE LIGURE FINALE LIGURE FINALE LIGURE FINALE LIGURE FINALE LIGURE FINALE LIGURE FIRENZE FIRENZE FIRENZE FIRENZE FIRENZE FIRENZE FIRENZE FIUMALBO FOGLIZZO FORLÌ FORLÌ FORMIGINE FORMIGLIANA FORNO DI ZOLDO FOSSALTA DI PIAVE FOSSANO FRABOSA SOTTANA FRABOSA SOTTANA FRAZIONE DAOLASA COMMEZZADURA FROSSASCO GALGAGNANO GAZZADA SCHIANNO GENOVA GENOVA GENOVA GENOVA GENOVA GENOVA GENOVA GENOVA GENOVA GENOVA GIANICO GIAVENO GIULIANOVA GODEGA SANT'URBANO GRADISCA D’ISONZO GRADO GRAVELLONA TOCE GRESSAN GRESSONEY SAINT JEAN GRESSONEY-SAINT-JEAN GRESSONEY-SAINT-JEAN GRESSONEY-SAINT-JEAN GROSSETO GROSSETO GUASTALLA GUSSAGO IMPERIA IMPERIA ISEO ISERA ISERNIA IVREA IVREA L'AQUILA L’AQUILA L’AQUILA L’AQUILA L’AQUILA LA THUILE LA VALLE AGORDINA
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LA VILLA LANA LAVENO-MOMBELLO LECCO LECCO LECCO LECCO LEGNANO LEVATA LIDO DI TARQUINIA LIGNANO PINETA LIMONE PIEMONTE LIMONE PIEMONTE LIMONE PIEMONTE LIMONE PIEMONTE LISSONE LISSONE LIVIGNO LIVIGNO LIVIGNO LIVIGNO LIVIGNO LIVIGNO LIVIGNO LIVIGNO LIVIGNO LIVIGNO LIVIGNO LIVIGNO LIVIGNO LIVORNO LIVORNO LOCATE DI TRIULZI LODI LONATO LONGARONE LOVER LUCCA LUCCA LUCCA LUINO LUTAGO MACUGNAGA MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO MAGIONE MALÈ MALLES MANAROLA MANTA MANTOVA MANTOVA MARANO SUL PANARO MARGHERA MARIA DI PIETRASANTA MARINA DI RAVENNA MARTELLAGO MARTIGNACCO MATELICA MELEGNANO MEOLO MERANO MERANO MERANO MERANO MERATE MESENZANA MEZZOLOMBARDO MEZZOLOMBARDO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MILANO MIRANO MODENA MODENA MODENA MOENA MONDOVÌ MONDOVÌ MONGUELFO MONIGA MONTEBELLUNA MONTEBELLUNA MONTEBELLUNA MONTEBELLUNA MONTESACRO MONTESILVANO MONTESILVANO MORBEGNO MORBEGNO MORGEX MORI MUCCIA NAGO TORBOLE NAPOLI NATURNO NEMBRO NEMBRO NICOLOSI NICOLOSI NOICATTARO NOVA LEVANTE NOVALESA OCCHIEPPO INFERIORE OLGIATE OLONA ORIO AL SERIO ORIO AL SERIO ORIO AL SERIO ORIO AL SERIO ORTISEI ORTISEI ORTISEI ORZINUOVI OSIMO OSPITALETTO OSTERIA DEL GATTO FOSSATO DI VICO OULX OULX OVINDOLI OVINDOLI PADOVA PADOVA PADOVA PADOVA PADOVA PADOVA PALAZZOLO SULL’OGLIO PALERMO PALERMO PAQUIER PARCINES PARMA PARMA PARMA PARMA PARMA PARMA PARMA PAVULLO NEL FRIGNANO PERGINE VALSUGANA PERNATE PERO PERUGIA PERUGIA PESARO PESCARA PESCARA PESCARA PESCARA PESCASSEROLI PESCASSEROLI PIACENZA PIACENZA PIACENZA PIACENZA
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HOBBY SPORT SPORT IN MONTAGNA OUTDOOR LIFE TOMMY SPORT VERTICAL SPORT PIANETA SPORT ASPORTSTATION STIMM ZAMBERLAN ARIAPERTA M.C.RUNNING MIRAFIORI SPORT 2 ONBOARD EUROSPORT FINDY SHOP SPORT HUB PINZOLO SPORTLAND PISOGNE DREAMSTORE SELMI TECHNOSPORT VALLEE SPORT PEAK PERFORMANCE STORE AMORINI OUTDOOR SPORTWAY PONTE KAPPAEMME SPORT MOUNTAIN SHOP BERGAMO SPORTLER PORDENONE TOFFOLI SPORT BOARD ROOM MIVAL SPORT BUGS SHOPS LA SPORTIVA POZZA DI FASSA BLOSSOM SKI DEKA UPPER IL CAMPIONE PRATO RUNOUT 3RD GENERATION VIGLIETTI SPORT SALEWA PREDAZZO V10 OFFTRACK CENTER BERGFUCHS MORASSI ETTORE OUTDOOR & TREKKING STORE ROSSIGNOL UDINE REGGIO GAS A1 CLIMBING GINETTO SPORT SURF PARADISE MONTAGNA DIMENSIONE SALVATORI SPORT POLLO WINTER SPORT THE NORTH FACE RIMINI PERTINGER MOUNTAIN SICKS VERTICAL SPORT RIVAROLO VERTICAL SPORTSWEAR SPORT NATURA ALP3 MONTAGNA ALTA QUOTA ROMA CAMPO BASE ROMA CAMPO BASE ROMA CLIMBER STORE GEOSTA KAHUNA LBM SPORT MIZUNO ROMA MONTURA ROMA ONERACE OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE PATAGONIA ROMA ROCK IT ROSSIGNOL PARMA RRTREK ROMA STAR WALL THE NORTH FACE THE NORTH FACE ROMA THE NORTH FACE ROMA URBANSTAR WP OSTIENSE CITY BEACH OMNIA SPORT SPORTLAND RONCADELLE REKORD SHERPA ATLANTE MONTELLO FRONTSIDE BLOCK3 CABAS SPORT MAKALU' SPORT MONTURA ROVERETO 100 - ONE SPORTLIFEE SPORT JOCHER MACIACONI ANIMA SPORTIVA PIÙ SPORT ALPSTATION AOSTA MG MOUNTAIN CISALFA SPORT AOSTA PAPIN SPORT SPORT HOLZER LAGAZOI SPORT SPORT HUB CHIAVENNA MILESI SPORT SPORTLAND SAN LEONARDO GODI SPORT SPORTLER SAN MARTINO TURNOVER SPORT SAN MARTINO SPORT SLALOM SLALOM SPORT SNOWBOARD'S HOUSE PARETI WEGER UNICO SPORT ALPSTATION BRESCIA NEW VIAGGIANDO GIUGLAR LAB IS SPORT GI-SPORT KRATTER FAMA SPORT OLIVER SKI ALPSTATION SARZANA KAU KAU 3.30 RUNNING STORE FRESH FARM 3SIXTY BESSON SPORT FAURE SPORT GIUGGIA SPORT PATTY SPORT MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE AREA51 CLIMBING CENTER SWITCH SHOP LORI SPORT ALPSTATION SCHIO MAX SPORT VALLI SPORT PIANETA CICLO ART CLIMB PALESTRA BRUNO SPORT ACTIV SPORT SPORT WALTER BOARD STYLE CABOT COVE OUTDOOR CAFÈ SALEWA OUTLET SERRAVALLE HOT ICE SNOWBOARD KINIGER SPORTMODE MAXI SPORT SESTO S.G. TABACCHERIA BIOLCHINI MARCELLIN SPORT PASSET SPORT SPORT LE TORRI SURF SHOPPE XL MOUNTAIN IL MARATONETA SPORT RONDIRO PASSSPORT SIGNORESSA SPORTLER CLIMBING CENTER SPORTLER TREVISO DF SPORT SPECIALIST SIRTORI ALTERNATIVA SPORT ALPIN SPORT MODE ALPIN SPORTS K&K SPORTS SALEWA OUTLET VERONA CENTRO SPORT FIORELLI SPORT SONDRIO TUTTOSPORT MAZZUCCHI SPORTLAND SONICO EDEN SPORT VI BLOCK CAMPO BASE SPILAMBERTO MAKE MERRY BERGER SCHUHE SPORTLAND STEZZANO ALPSTATION TARVISIO SPORTLER TAVAGNACCO ZANI SPORT BLU SURFER PIÙ SPORT IOCORRO!
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PIACENZA PIANCOGNO PIANELLA PIASCO PIETRAMURATA PIETRASANTA PIEVE D’ALPAGO PIEVE DI SOLIGO PIEVE DI TORREBELVICINO PINEROLO PINEROLO PINEROLO PINEROLO PINZOLO PINZOLO PINZOLO PISOGNE PISTOIA PISTOIA PLAN FELINAZ-FELINAZ PONT SAINT MARTIN PONTE DI LEGNO BS PONTE FELCINO PONTE NELLE ALPI PONTE SELVA DI PARRE PONTERANICA PORDENONE PORDENONE PORTO SAN GIORGIO POVE DEL GRAPPA POZZA DI FASSA POZZA DI FASSA PRATA CAMPORTACCIO PRATO PRATO PRATO PRATO NEVOSO PRATO NEVOSO PREDAZZO QUARTU SANT’ELENA RANICA RASEN-ANTHOLZ SÜDTIROL RAVASCLETTO RAVENNA REANA DEL ROJALE REGGIO EMILIA REGGIO EMILIA REGGIO EMILIA RICCIONE RIETI RIETI RIMINI RIMINI RIO DI PUSTERIA RIVAROLO CANAVESE RIVAROLO CANAVESE RIVAROLO CANAVESE ROCCA DI MEZZO ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMA ROMAGNANO SESIA RONCADELLE RONCHI DEI LEGIONARI RONCO BRIANTINO RORETO DI CHERASCO ROSETO DEGLI ABRUZZI ROVERETO ROVERETO ROVERETO ROVERETO ROVERETO RUFFRE' - MENDOLA S. ANDRA S. CRISTINA SACILE SACILE SAINT CHRISTOPHE SAINT CHRISTOPHE SAINT-CHRISTOPHE SAN CANDIDO SAN CANDIDO SAN CASSIANO SAN CASSIANO SAN GIOVANNI BIANCO SAN LEONARDO IN PASSIRIA SAN MARTINO BUON ALBERGO SAN MARTINO BUON ALBERGO SAN MARTINO BUON ALBERGO SAN MARTINO DI CASTROZZA SAN MARTINO DI CASTROZZA SAN MARTINO DI CASTROZZA SAN MARTINO DI CASTROZZA SAN PANCRAZIO SAN PAOLO SAN VENDEMIANO SAN ZENO NAVIGLIO SANSEPOLCRO SANT'AMBROGIO SANT’AGOSTINO SAPPADA SARONNO SARONNO SARZANA SARZANA SASSUOLO SASSUOLO SAUZE D’OULX SAUZE D’OULX SAUZE D’OULX SAVIGLIANO SAVIGLIANO SAVIGNANO SUL RUBICONE SCANDICCI SCANDICCI SCHIAVON SCHIO SCHIO SCHIO SCOPPITO SEDICO SELVA GARDENA SELVA VAL GARDENA SELVA VAL GARDENA SENAGO SENIGALLIA SERAVALLE SCRIVIA SERRA SAN QUIRICO SESTO SESTO SAN GIOVANNI SESTOLA SESTRIERE SESTRIERE SESTRIERE SESTRIERE SETTIMO VITTONE SIENA SIENA SIGNORESSA SILEA SILEA SIRTORI SISTIANA SIUSI SIUSI SIUSI SONA SONDRIO SONDRIO SONDRIO SONICO SORBOLO SPESSA SPILAMBERTO SPOLETO ST. NIKOLAUS STEZZANO TARVISIO TAVAGNACCO TEMÙ TERAMO TERAMO TERNI
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ITA VERTIGINI SPORT ITA MONTURA FIEMME ITA SPORT VENTURA ITA CRAZY STORE TIRANO ITA ANGELI SPORT ITA TECNICAL SKI ITA ALPSTATION TORINO ITA ASD BOULDER BAR ITA BSHOP BRACCINI ITA BSHOP RAVINA ITA BSIDE CLIMBING VILLAGE ITA CUORE DA SPORTIVO ITA FERRINO STORE TORINO ITA FRESH STORE ITA GRASSI SPORT TORINO ITA JOLLY SPORT ITA JOLLY SPORT ITA MIZUNO STORE ITA MONTURA TORINO ITA ORIZZONTI VERTICALI ITA ORIZZONTI VERTICALI ITA PASSION SPORT ITA PROMOSPORT ITA RONCO ALPINISMO ITA SALA SPORT ITA SALEWA TORINO ITA SASP PALESTRA CLIMBING ITA SCHENONE SPORT ITA STRIKE ITA THE NORTH FACE TORINO ITA JIMMY SURF SHOP ITA READY TO RUN ITA TEDDY PALOMINO ITA GULLIVER TORRE PELLICE ITA SPORTLER VICENZA ITA LEZARD ITA CATTI SPORT ITA PARISPORT IDRO ITA LA SPORTIVA TRENTO ITA MONTURA TRENTO ITA ROCK & ICE TRENTO ITA SHERPA3 PATAGONIA ITA SPORTLER ALPIN TRENTO ITA SPORTLER TRENTO ITA TECNOSCI ITA VERTICAL SPORT TRENTO ITA MAGNITUDO ITA LE BLOC SHOP ITA ALPSTATION TRIESTE ITA AVVENTURA DUE ITA SPORTLER TRIESTE ITA PURA VIDA ITA FIASCARIS ITA K2 SPORT ITA SPORT CENTER ITA FIORELLI SPORT VALMASINO ITA SPORT CORONES ITA LAYAK ITA SPORT MODE MARIA SALEWA OUTLET VALMONTONE ITA ITA UAINOT SNOWBOARD SHOP ITA BONNY MODULAR LAB ITA ZOO PARK ITA SKICENTER ITA SPORTANGEL ITA SKI KLINIK ITA RIDER SHOP ITA ROSSINI SPORT ITA LODO SPORT ITA VERNAZZA SPORT ITA CAMPO BASE VERONA ITA DETOUR ITA GENERATION ITA MONTURA VERONA ITA OLIUNÌD VERONA ITA ROSSIGNOL VERONA ITA SLIDE BY DETOUR ITA THE NORTH FACE VERONA ITA ORIZZONTI MONTAGNA ITA MARATONANDO ITA OLIUNÌD LDR PALESTRA ITA OLIUNÌD VICENZA CENTRO ITA PRO SPORT ITA SERGIO SPORT ITA GILIOLI SPORT ITA MONDO MONTAGNA ITA VERTICAL NO LIMIT ITA DHO SPORT ITA ROSSI ITA SPORTLAND VILLANUOVA ITA AFFARI & SPORT VILLASANTA ITA BAROLI SPORT ITA CALZATURE BAROLI ITA SPORTLAND TORINO ITA HERBERT PLANK SPORT ITA BRUMA STREET STYLE ITA LIQUIDO ITA RUNNER LA SPORTIVA ZIANO DI FIEMME ITA ITA TIRABOSCHI SPORT ITA CRAS ITA QUOTA 362 ITA TABIA SPORT AT MOREBOARDS ST. JOHANN AT ATOMIC AUSTRIA GMBH AT MOREBOARDS AMSTETTEN AT SALEWA STORE SALZBURG AT SPORTLER AT BLUE TOMATO BREGENZ AT MOREBOARDS DORNBIRN AT ORANGE CORNER E.U. AT ALTON PREMIUM STORE AT HOTZONE.TV AT ALPIN LOACKER AT BERGFUCHS AT BLUE TOMATO GRAZ BLUE TOMATO LOGISTIK GRAZ AT AT MOREBOARDS GRAZ AT ALPSTATION INNSBRUCK BLACK DIAMOND INNSBRUCK AT AT BLUE TOMATO INNSBRUCK AT BURTON STORE INNSBRUCK AT BURTON STORE INNSBRUCK AT DIE BOERSE AT MOREBOARDS INNSBRUCK MOREBOARDS INNSBRUCK DEZ AT AT PATAGONIA INNSBRUCK AT SPORTLER WITTING THE NORTH FACE INNSBRUCK AT AT XDOUBLE ROCKNROLL MOUNTAIN STORE AT AT BLUE TOMATO KLAGENFURT AT MOREBOARDS KLAGENFURT AT HIGH LIFE HANDELS AT MOREBOARDS KUFSTEIN AT SPORTLER AT MOREBOARDS LANDECK AT MOREBOARDS LEOBEN AT BERGSPORT AT BLUE TOMATO LIENZ AT ZIMML ALPINAUSSTATTER BASE CAMP THE ALPINE STORE AT BETABOARDS X PETER WAGNER AT AT MOREBOARDS LINZ AT LIVID SPORTS AT MOREBOARDS MAYRHOFEN AT MOREBOARDS STUBAI AT BLUE TOMATO AT BLUE TOMATO OBERTAUERN AT BURTON STORE PARNDORF AT SALEWA OUTLET PARNDORF AT BLUE TOMATO LINZ AT MOREBOARDS PASCHING AT BOARD.AT AT SALEWA STORE SAALFELDEN AT BLUE TOMATO SALZBURG BLUE TOMATO ONLINE STORE AT AT BLUE TOMATO SCHLADMING SALEWA STORE SCHLADMING AT AT BLUE TOMATO SCS AT BLUE TOMATO SEIERSBERG AT MOREBOARDS SEIERSBERG AT MOREBOARDS SÖLDEN AT SPORT4YOU AT PETE SPORT AT MOREBOARDS ST. PÖLTEN AT BERGWERK AT MOREBOARDS STEYR MOREBOARDS INNTALCENTER AT AT BLUE TOMATO VILLACH AT MOREBOARDS WELS AT BLUE TOMATO WIEN AT BLUE TOMATO WIEN AT FAME BOARDSHOP AT HANG LOOSE AT MOREBOARDS WIEN AT SALEWA STORE WIEN AT STEPPENWOLF AT MOREBOARDS WIENER AT BLUE TOMATO WÖRGL AT ONSIGHT BERGSPORT AT LA RESISTANCE CH SNOWLIMIT
TERNI TESERO TESERO TIRANO TOLMEZZO TOLMEZZO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORINO TORRE BOLDONE TORRE DEL LAGO TORRE PELLICE TORRI DI QUARTESOLO TRADATE TRAVERSETOLO TRE CAPITELLI TRENTO TRENTO TRENTO TRENTO TRENTO TRENTO TRENTO TRENTO TRENTO TREVISO TRIESTE TRIESTE TRIESTE TURANO UDINE UDINE VAL DI VIZZE VAL MASINO VALDAORA VALDRAGONE VALLES VALMONTONE VALTOURNENCHE VARESE VARESE VARNA VELLETRI VENASCA VERANO BRIANZA VERANO BRIANZA VERMIGLIO VERNAZZA VERONA VERONA VERONA VERONA VERONA VERONA VERONA VERONA VEZZA D’OGLIO VIAREGGIO VICENZA VICENZA VICENZA VICOFORTE VIGNOLA VIGNOLA VILLAIR VILLANOVA MONDOVI VILLANOVA MONDOVI VILLANUOVA SUL CLISI VILLASANTA VILLENEUVE VILLENEUVE VINOVO VIPITENO VITERBO VITERBO VITERBO ZIANO DI FIEMME ZOGNO ZOLA PREDOSA ZOLA PREDOSA ZOLDO ALTO ST JOHANN IM PONGAU ALTENMARKT AMSTETTEN BERGHEIM BEI SALZBURG BLUDENZ BREGENZ DORNBIRN ENNS FELDKIRCH GERLOS GÖTZIS GRAZ GRAZ GRAZ GRAZ INNSBRUCK INNSBRUCK INNSBRUCK INNSBRUCK INNSBRUCK INNSBRUCK INNSBRUCK INNSBRUCK INNSBRUCK INNSBRUCK INNSBRUCK INNSBRUCK KIRCHDORF IN TIROL KLAGENFURT KLAGENFURT KLAGENFURT AM WÖRTHERSEE KUFSTEIN KUFSTEIN LANDECK LEOBEN LIENZ LIENZ LIENZ LINZ LINZ LINZ LOFER MAYRHOFEN NEUSTIFT IM STUBAITAL OBERTAUERN OBERTAUERN PARNDORF PARNDORF PASCHING PASCHING SAALBACH SAALFELDEN SALZBURG SCHLADMING SCHLADMING SCHLADMING SCS VÖSENDORF SEIERSBERG SEIERSBERG-PIRKA SÖLDEN SÖLDEN ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG ST. PÖLTEN STEYR STEYR TELFS INNTALCENTER VILLACH WELS WIEN WIEN WIEN WIEN WIEN WIEN WIEN WIENER WÖRGL ZAMS 157 ZELL AM SEE ANDERMATT
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CH AGANÉ CH BLUE TOMATO BASEL CH DOODAH BASEL CH TRANSA BASEL CH BLUE TOMATO BERN CH DOODAH BERN CH TRANSA BERN CH BÄCHLI BERGSPORT CH LONGBOARDER CH SURF MACHINE CH RADIX BURGDORF CH STILE ALPINO LUGANO CH BAECHLI CONTHEY CH PLANET ENDURANCE CH BURTON STORE FLIMS CH DOODAH GENÈVE CH TRANZPORT CH BACKDOOR CH TREELEE CH BOARDERWORLD CH BURTON LAUSANNE CH DOODAH LAUSANNE CH RADIX LIESTAL CH TRANSA LUCERNE DF SPORT SPECIALIST LUGANO CH CH BLUE TOMATO LUZERN CH DOODAH LUZERN CH MANLY CH SALEWA STORE PONTRESINA CH PURE SNOWBOARD CH WILD ONE CH STILE ALPINO SAMEDAN CH ELEMENT STORE CH BOOSPORT CH TRANSA ST. GALLEN CH PLAYGROUND IN PARADISE CH ONE 80 CH BACKSIDE CH MONTAIN-AIR CH VICTIM CIRCLE CH CLOUD 9 CH BLUE TOMATO WINTERTHUR CH BAYARD SPORT CH JULEN SPORT CH MILLET SHOP CH SALEWA STORE ZERMATT CH THE NORTH FACE ZERMATT CH DOODAH ZUG CH BURTON STORE ZURICH CH THE NORTH FACE ZURICH CH TRANSA ZURICH CH BLUE TOMATO ZÜRICH CH DOODAH ZÜRICH CH RADIX ZÜRICH CH BÄCHLI BERGSPORT DE PULSSCHLAG DE MOUNTAIN-SPORTS CONDITION STEIGENBERGER DE DE BERGSPORTHÜTTE DE SURF & SNOW CENTER DE STADT LAND FLUSS DE HILIGHT DE BERGSPORT GEISTALLER DE BLUE TOMATO BERLIN DE BLUE TOMATO SHOP ALEXA DE CAMP 4 DE DER BERG RUFT DE GLOBETROTTER BERLIN DE MONT K DE PATAGONIA BERLIN DE THE NORTH FACE BERLIN DE BOARD MONKEYS DE NO LIMIT DE UNTERWEGS BIELEFELD DE PLAN-B FUNSPORT DE BLUE TOMATO BONN DE GLOBETROTTER BONN DE UNTERWEGS BONN DE BLUE TOMATO BREMEN DE SURFSHOP CHARCHULLA DE UNTERWEGS BREMEN DE UNTERWEGS CELLE DE BIKER BOARDER DE EASTSIDE / FUN SPORT DE DER SKANDINAVIER DE RAILSLIDE DE BRETTLLADEN DE GLOBETROTTER DRESDEN DE UNTERWEGS DUISBURG GLOBETROTTER DÜSSELDORF DE DE SACK & PACK DE THE BOARDER SHOP DE WAREHOUSE ONE X RENE REINDL DE UNTERWEGS ERFURT DE FREILAUF DE BLUE TOMATO ESSEN DE BERGSPORT MÜHLBAUER DE UNTERWEGS FLENSBURG DE RAILSLIDE DE GLOBETROTTER FRANKFURT DE BLUE TOMATO FREIBURG DE SALEWA STORE FREIBURG DE SPORT KIEFER DE DOOROUT.COM DE NORDWAND SPORTS DE ALPINSPORT BASIS DE BERGSPORT WN ALPIN DE EDGE 2 EDGE DE SPORT CONRAD GARMISCH DE SPORT & TREND DE BERGZEIT DE DAILY MILK! DE SPIN LOOP DE BLUE TOMATO HAMBURG DE FREERIDER SHOP DE GLOBETROTTER HAMBURG DE GLOBETROTTER HAMBURG DE UNTERWEGS HAMM DE BRETTWERK DE BLUE TOMATO HANNOVER DE BSZ BERGSPORTZENTRALE SPORT KAUFMANN HANNOVER DE DE POWSTORE DE NUBUK SPORTS DE ADVENTURE COMPANY DE BERGZEIT DE UNTERWEGS HÖXTER DE UNTERWEGS JEVER BASISLAGER SPORT HANDELS DE DE BLUE TOMATO KARLSRUHE DE SCENIC SPORTS DE BERGSPORT MAXI DE SURFLINE KIEL DE UNTERWEGS KIEL DE BLUE TOMATO KÖLN GLOBETROTTER AUSRÜSTUNG DE DE GLOBETROTTER KÖLN DE PLANET SPORTS KÖLN DE SPORT GRUNER DE ALPINSPORTZENTRALE DE ALPEN STRAND DE THE NORTH FACE LEIPZIG DE UNTERWEGS LEIPZIG DE BIWAK DE EISELIN SPORT DE FOLLOW ME STORE DE ALPIN OUTDOOR LADEN DE GOOD QUESTION DE S'BRETT DE OUTDOORTRENDS DE MAGIC MOUNT DE BLUE TOMATO MÜNCHEN DE GLOBETROTTER MÜNCHEN DE GOLDWIN DE PATAGONIA MÜNCHEN DE PLANET SPORTS MÜNCHEN DE QUIKSILVER MUNICH DE RUMRICH STONE PROJECTS DE SANTO LOCO DE SCHUSTER SPORTHAUS DE BURTON STORE MUNICH DE DERU DE THE NORTH FACE MUNICH DE BLUE TOMATO MÜNSTER DE UNTERWEGS MÜNSTER DE WESTSIDE DE SPORT CONRAD MURNAU DE PANORMA BOARDS DE TRAVEL & TREK BASTIAN DE BLUE TOMATO OBERHAUSEN SALEWA STORE OBERSTDORF DE DE BOARDBANDITS DE UNTERWEGS OLDENBURG DE DER OUTDOORLADEN DE MISTERSKI DE BLUE TOMATO SHOP PASSAU DE SPORT CONRAD PENZBERG DE POWDER FORCE DE GIPFELSTÜRMER DE ADRENALIN DE BLUE TOMATO REGENSBRUG SALEWA STORE REGENSBURG DE DE BLUE TOMATO ROSENHEIM
ARBEDO-CASTIONE BASEL BASEL BASEL BERN BERN BERN BERN-BREITENRAIN BIEL/BIENNE BULLE BURGDORF CANOBBIO CONTHEY ECUBLENS FLIMS GENÈVE GENÈVE GRINDELWALD HOCHDORF LAAX LAUSANNE LAUSANNE LIESTAL LUCERNE LUGANO LUZERN LUZERN MORGES PONTRESINA SAANEN SAAS-FEE SAMEDAN SCUOL SIERRE ST. GALLEN ST. MORITZ STUDEN VERBIER VERBIER WERDENBERG WINTERTHUR WINTERTHUR ZERMATT ZERMATT ZERMATT ZERMATT ZERMATT ZUG ZURICH ZURICH ZURICH ZÜRICH ZÜRICH ZÜRICH ZURICH-OERLIKON AACHEN ANSBACH ASCHAU AUGSBURG AUGSBURG BAD TÖLZ BALINGEN BERCHTESGADEN BERLIN BERLIN BERLIN BERLIN BERLIN BERLIN BERLIN BERLIN BIELEFELD BIELEFELD BIELEFELD BOCHUM BONN BONN BONN BREMEN BREMEN BREMEN CELLE CHEMNITZ CHEMNITZ COBURG DARMSTADT DRESDEN DRESDEN DUISBURG DÜSSELDORF DÜSSELDORF DÜSSELDORF DÜSSELDORF ERFURT ERLANGEN ESSEN FELDKIRCHEN WESTERHAM FLENSBURG FRANKFURT FRANKFURT AM MAIN FREIBURG FREIBURG FREIBURG FULDA FÜSSEN GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN GILCHING GMUND-MOOSRAIN GÖRLITZ GÖTTINGEN HAMBURG HAMBURG HAMBURG HAMBURG HAMM HANAU HANNOVER HANNOVER HANNOVER HASLACH IM KINZIGTAL HEIDENHEIM HEILBRONN HOLZKIRCHEN / GROSSHARTPENNING HÖXTER JEVER KARLSRUHE KARLSRUHE KAUFBEUREN KEMPTEN KIEL KIEL KÖLN KÖLN KÖLN KÖLN KONSTANZ LANDSBERG AM LECH LANDSHUT LEIPZIG LEIPZIG LIMBURG LÖRRACH LÖRRACH MAINZ MAINZ MANNHEIM MARKTOBERDORF MENDEN MÜNCHEN MÜNCHEN MÜNCHEN MÜNCHEN MÜNCHEN MÜNCHEN MÜNCHEN MÜNCHEN MÜNCHEN MUNICH MUNICH MUNICH MÜNSTER MÜNSTER MÜNSTER MURNAU NEU-ISENBURG NÜRNBERG OBERHAUSEN OBERSTDORF OBERWIESENTHAL OLDENBURG PADERBORN PADERBORN PASSAU PENZBERG PFORZHEIM RAVENSBURG REGENSBURG REGENSBURG REGENSBURG ROSENHEIM
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DE MONTAGNE-SPORT DE WIND DE BALANCE DE SKATEDELUXE DE RIDERS HEAVEN DE BERGWERKER STUTTGART DE BLUE TOMATO SHOP DE GLOBETROTTER STUTTGART DE UNFAMILIAR DE GLOBETROTTER HARZ DE SCHNEIDER RAD+SPORT DE BLUE TOMATO SHOP TRIER DE VIKING ADVENTURES DE BIWAKSCHACHTEL DE FIFTY-EIGHT DE GLOBETROTTER ULM DE UNTERWEGS WESEL SPORT CONRAD WIELENBACH DE UNTERWEGS WILHELMSHAVEN DE DE LIFTSTATION SALEWA OUTLET ZWEIBRÜCKEN DE DE ENDLESS WINTER DK EVENTYRSPORT DK NATURLIGVIS OUTDOOR DK OUTDOOR XPERTEN FI BURTON STORE HELSINKI FI SCANDINAVIAN HELSINKI FI PARTIOAITTA LAHTI FI PARTIOAITTA ROVANIEMI FI SCANDINAVIAN VANTAA FR AU VIEUX CAMPEUR FR MILLET SHOP ALPE D'HUEZ FR BURTON ANNECY FR PICTURE FR QUIKSILVER ANNECY FR RIP CURL ANNECY FR SNOWLEADER ANNECY FR THE NORTH FACE ANNECY FR CHULLANKA ANTIBES FR GLISSE FR BURTON AVORIAZ FR MILLET SHOP BASTIA FR PEYTAVIN SPORT FR QUIKSILVER BIARRITZ FR SPORTS AVENTURE FR SPORTS AVENTURE FR WOOD BOARD FR LABO SHOP FR BOARDRIDERS CAPBRETON AU VIEUX CAMPEUR CHAMBÉRY FR FR EKOSPORT FR BOARDRIDERS CHAMONIX FR ZERO G FR ARC’TERYX CHAMONIX FR HAGLOFS CHAMONIX FR MILLET SHOP CHAMONIX FR SNELL SPORTS FR SNOWLEADER CHAMONIX FR THE NORTH FACE CHAMONIX FR PATAGONIA CHAMONIX COQUOZ SPORTS / SALOMON FR FR D'AVENTURE EN AVENTURE FR BOARDRIDERS PAMPLONA FR MILLET SHOP COURCHEVEL FR MILLET SHOP DIJON FR ENDURANCE SHOP EPINAL FR S'CAPE FONTAINEBLEAU FR ESPACE MONTAGNE FR APPROACH GAP FR ALTITUDE SPORT OUTDOOR AU VIEUX CAMPEUR GRENOBLE FR FR MERCI DISTILLERY FR MERCYDISTILLERY FR QUIKSILVER HOSSEGOR FR RIP CURL ALPE D’HUEZ FR L’IMPREVU SNOW SHOP FR MILLET SHOP LA CLUSAZ FR MONTAZ FR MONTAZ FR GRAND CENTRAL FR AU VIEUX CAMPEUR LABÈGE FR ESPACE GLISSE FR BOARDRIDERS ANGLET FR ESPACE MONTAGNE FR ATELIER DU SNOWBOARD FR SUPER WHITE FR MILLET SHOP LES ARCS MILLET SHOP LES DEUX ALPES FR FR ADDICTED FR AU VIEUX CAMPEUR LYON FR MILLET SHOP LYON FR SNOWLEADER LYON FR THE NORTH FACE LYON AU VIEUX CAMPEUR MARSEILLE FR FR CAP RUNNING FR MASSILIA FR AVALON RIDER FR MILLET SHOP MERIBEL FR CHULLANKA MERIGNAC FR GLISSE PROSHOP FR PASSION SNOW FR SLOPE STYLE FR CHULLANKA METZ FR THE NORTH FACE NANTES FR ALTICOOP FR QUAI 34 FR AU VIEUX CAMPEUR PARIS FR HAWAII SURF FR MILLET SHOP PARIS FR THE NORTH FACE PARIS THE NORTH FACE PARIS OPERA FR FR THE NORTH FACE PARIS FR URBAN SURFER PARIS SPORT MONTAGNE PERPIGNAN FR FR ENDURANCE FR ESPACE MONTAGNE FR LA LUGE FR AU VIEUX CAMPEUR FR BERNINA SPORT COLMAR FR MILLET SHOP SAINT LARY FR BOARDRIDERS FR MILLET SHOP NICE FR AU VIEUX CAMPEUR FR SLIDE BOX FR THE NORTH FACE FR TURBULENCES FR AU VIEUX CAMPEUR THONON FR BLACK CATS FR CHULLANKA TOULOUSE FR RIP CURL TOULOUSE FR MILLET SHOP VAL D'ISÈRE FR MILLET SHOP VAL THORENS FR TERRE DE MONTAGNE NL DOWNTOWN NL BEVER ALMERE NL BEVER AMERSFOORT NL BEHIND THE PINES NL BEHIND THE PINES NL BEVER AMSTERDAM NL BEVER AMSTERDAM NL CARL DENIG NL KATHMANDU AMSTERDAM NL MONK AMSTERDAM THE NORTH FACE AMSTERDAM NL NL BEVER APELDOORN NL BEVER ARNHEM NL BEVER ASSEN NL MK SKISERVICE NL BEVER BREDA NL BEVER DEN HAAG NL BEVER DEN HAAG NL HUNA OUTDOOR SHOP NL BEVER DEVENTER NL BURNSIDE NL BEVER DOETINCHEM NL BEVER EINDHOVEN NL MONK EINDHOVEN NL BEVER ENSCHEDE NL RENÉ VOS OUTDOOR NL BEVER GRONINGEN NL CAER BOARDSPORTS NL SOELLAART NL REVERT 95 NL BAUM SPORT NL BEVER HENGELO NL BEVER HILVERSUM NL BEVER HOUTEN NL THE TUBE NL BEVER NIJMEGEN NL FREESTYLE SPORT NL OUTDOOR & TRAVEL NL BEVER ROTTERDAM NL MOUNT RUCPHEN NL BEVER S-HERTOGENBOSCH NL BEVER STEENWIJK NL MOUNT TERNEUZEN NL SNOWCOUNTRY NL BEVER TILBURG NL BEVER UTRECHT NL KATHMANDU UTRECHT NL THE NORTH FACE UTRECHT NL VAN BELLEN SURF SNOW NL ZWERFKEI OUTDOOR
ROSENHEIM SAARBRÜCKEN SAARLOUIS SCHIMBERG SONTHOFEN STUTTGART STUTTGART STUTTGART STUTTGART TORFHAUS (HARZ) TRAUNSTEIN TRIER TRIER TÜBINGEN ULM ULM WESEL WIELENBACH WILHELMSHAVEN WINTERBERG ZWEIBRÜCKEN ZWICKAU AARHUS FREDERIKSBERG HOLSTEBRO HELSINKI HELSINKI LATHI ROVANIEMI VANTAA ALBERTVILLE ALPES D'HUEZ ANNECY ANNECY ANNECY ANNECY ANNECY ANNECY ANTIBES AUBIERE AVORIAZ BASTIA BAYONNE BIARRITZ BORDEAUX BORDEAUX BOURG LES VALENCE BOURG SAINT MAURICE CAPBRETON CHAMBÉRY CHAMBÉRY CHAMONIX CHAMONIX CHAMONIX MONT BLANC CHAMONIX MONT BLANC CHAMONIX MONT BLANC CHAMONIX MONT BLANC CHAMONIX MONT BLANC CHAMONIX MONT BLANC CHAMONIX MONT BLANC CHAMONIX MT-BLANC CLERMONT FERRAND CORDOVILLA - PAMPLONA COURCHEVEL DIJON EPINAL FONTAINEBLEAU FRANCHEVILLE GAP GERARDMER GRENOBLE GRENOBLE GRENOBLE HOSSEGOR HUEZ ISOLA 2000 LA CLUSAZ LA RAVOIR LA RAVOIRE LA VALETTE DU VARS LABÈGE LABENNE LAPORTE ANGLET LE GRAND EPAGNY LES 2 ALPES LES 2 ALPES LES ARCS 1800 LES DEUX ALPES LYON LYON LYON LYON LYON MARSEILLE MARSEILLE MARSEILLE MERIBEL MERIBEL MERIGNAC MONTPELLIER MORIÈRES LES AVIGNON MORZINE MOULINS LES METZ NANTES NICE NICE PARIS PARIS PARIS PARIS PARIS PARIS PARIS PERPIGNAN RODEZ SAINT MARTIN D'HERES SAINT-BON-TARENTAISE SALLANCHES SELESTAT ST LARY SOULAN ST. JEAN DE LUZ ST. LAURENT DU VAR STRASBOURG STRASBOURG STRASBOURG TARBES THONON LES BAINS TIGNES TOULOUSE TOULOUSE VAL D'ISÈRE VAL THORENS VILLE LA GRAND ’S-HERTOGENBOSH ALMERE AMERSFOORT AMSTERDAM AMSTERDAM AMSTERDAM AMSTERDAM AMSTERDAM AMSTERDAM AMSTERDAM AMSTERDAM APELDOORN ARNHEM ASSEN BILTHOVEN BREDA DEN HAAG DEN HAAG DEN HAAG DEVENTER DEVENTER DOETINCHEM EINDHOVEN EINDHOVEN ENSCHEDE GORSSEL GRONINGEN GRONINGEN HAARLEM HARLEM HENGELO HENGELO HILVERSUM HOUTEN MIDDELBURG NIJMEGEN ROOSENDAAL ROOSENDAAL ROTTERDAM RUCPHEN S-HERTOGENBOSCH STEENWIJK TERNEUZEN TERSCHUUR TILBURG UTRECHT UTRECHT UTRECHT WILLEMSTAD WOERDEN
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ITA ARIA RETREAT & SPA ITA PARCO SAN MARCO ITA QC TERME PRÉ SAINT DIDIER ITA ALAGNA MOUNTAIN RESORT ITA ALPINA DOLOMITES ITA HOTEL GOLDKNOPF ITA HOTEL ROSA ECO ALPINE ITA HOTEL SALTRIA ITA HOTEL STEGER DELLAI ITA ICARO HOTEL ITA PAULA WIESINGER ITA SEISER ALM URTHALER ITA SPORTHOTEL FLORALPINA ITA SPORTHOTEL SONNE ITA TIRLER DOLOMITES LIVING ADLER HOTEL WELLNESS&SPA ITA ITA CAVALLINO LOVELY HOTEL ITA CORONA DOLOMITES HOTEL ITA DOLCE AVITA HOTEL ITA FAMILY HOTEL SERENA ITA HOTEL AMBIEZ ITA HOTEL GARNÌ LA ROCCIA ITA PARK HOTEL SPORT PICCOLO HOTEL SUITE RESORT ITA ITA PIZ GALIN GRAND HOTEL ITA SASSDEI SUITE HOTEL ITA DUCA D'AOSTA HOTEL ITA OMANA HOTEL ITA CRISTALLO CLUB ITA HOTEL AMBROSINI ITA HOTEL ARISCH RESIDENCE HOTEL SERENELLA ITA ITA HOTEL EVALDO ITA RESIDENCE ASPEN ITA SPORTHOTEL ARABBA ITA ALBERGO AL SOLE ITA CASA BEMBO ITA COUNTRY HOUSE BARONE ITA HOTEL VILLA CIPRIANI ITA VILLA IL GALERO ITA RESIDENCE AL LAGO ITA HOTEL CÀ FIORE ITA HOTEL RIVÈ ITA SAVOIA MOUNTAIN RESORT ITA GRAND HOTEL DINO ITA HOTEL ROSA ITA GRAND HOTEL VILLA ITA HOTEL BELVEDERE ITA SUITES HOTEL ASTOR BOGEN BISTRO & APARTMENTS ITA ITA CASTEL HÖRTENBERG ITA GOLDENSTERN TOWNHOUSE ITA HOTEL GREIF ITA HOTEL SCALA STIEGL ITA PARKHOTEL LAURIN ITA PARKHOTEL MONDSCHEIN ITA STADT HOTEL CITTÀ ITA EDEN HOTEL HOTEL ALÙ MOUNTAIN DESIGN ITA ITA HOTEL BAITA CLEMENTI ITA HOTEL BAITA DEI PINI ITA HOTEL CRISTALLO ITA HOTEL SAN LORENZO ITA HOTEL SANTANTON ITA MIRAMONTI PARK HOTEL ITA PALACE HOTEL WELLNESS ITA SOTTOVENTO LUXURY ITA DOMINIK ALPINE CITY ITA HOTEL ELEPHANT ITA HOTEL GOLDENER ADLER ITA HOTEL GOLDENES ROESSL ITA HOTEL GRÜNER BAUM ITA HOTEL PUPP B&B ITA KRONE EAT DRINK STAY ITA ART HOTEL GRIVOLA ITA BERGMAN MOUNTAIN HOTEL ITA EXCELSIOR PLANET ITA GRAND HOTEL CERVINO ITA HOTEL BUCANEVE ITA HOTEL EUROPA ITA HOTEL HERMITAGE ITA HOTEL PUNTA MAQUIGNAZ ITA LES NEIGES D’ANTAN ITA SERTORELLI SPORTHOTEL ITA WHITE ANGEL HOTEL ITA HOTEL ANDREAS HOFER ITA HOTEL PETRUS HOTEL POST ALPINE CITYFLAIR ITA ITA HOTEL RESTAURANT 158 ITA MAJESTIC HOTEL & SPA ITA CROCE BIANCA LEISURE
CIMA DI PORLEZZA CIMA DI PORLEZZA PRÉ SAINT DIDIER ALAGNA VALSESIA ALPE DI SIUSI ALPE DI SIUSI ALPE DI SIUSI ALPE DI SIUSI ALPE DI SIUSI ALPE DI SIUSI ALPE DI SIUSI ALPE DI SIUSI ALPE DI SIUSI ALPE DI SIUSI ALPE DI SIUSI ANDALO ANDALO ANDALO ANDALO ANDALO ANDALO ANDALO ANDALO ANDALO ANDALO ANDALO AOSTA AOSTA APRICA APRICA APRICA APRICA ARABBA ARABBA ARABBA ASOLO ASOLO ASOLO ASOLO ASOLO AURONZO DI CADORE BARDONECCHIA BARDONECCHIA BARDONECCHIA BAVENO BAVENO BELLAGIO BELLAGIO BELLUNO BOLZANO BOLZANO BOLZANO BOLZANO BOLZANO BOLZANO BOLZANO BOLZANO BORMIO BORMIO BORMIO BORMIO BORMIO BORMIO BORMIO BORMIO BORMIO BORMIO BRESSANONE BRESSANONE BRESSANONE BRESSANONE BRESSANONE BRESSANONE BRESSANONE BREUIL-CERVINIA BREUIL-CERVINIA BREUIL-CERVINIA BREUIL-CERVINIA BREUIL-CERVINIA BREUIL-CERVINIA BREUIL-CERVINIA BREUIL-CERVINIA BREUIL-CERVINIA BREUIL-CERVINIA BREUIL-CERVINIA BRUNICO BRUNICO BRUNICO BRUNICO BRUNICO CANAZEI
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ITA HOTEL ASTORIA ITA HOTEL B&B ANDREAS ITA HOTEL CESA TYROL ITA HOTEL DOLOMITI SCHLOSS ITA HOTEL LA PERLA ITA HOTEL PAREDA ITA LOCANDA DEGLI ARTISTI ITA HOTEL CANNERO ITA HOTEL CANNOBIO ITA PARK HOTEL ITALIA ITA ABINEA DOLOMITI ITA ALPIN BOUTIQUE ITA AURA CHALETS BRUNELLE SEISER ALM LODGE ITA ITA HOTEL CASTEL OSWALD ITA HOTEL CHALET TIANES ITA HOTEL LAMM ITA HOTEL MADONNA ITA HOTEL ROSSLAUFHOF ITA HOTEL VILLA KASTELRUTH ITA SCHGAGULER HOTEL ITA SONUS ALPIS ITA HOTEL BELLAVISTA ITA HOTEL EXCELSIOR ITA HOTEL GARNÌ LAURINO ITA HOTEL LA STUA ITA HOTEL ORSO GRIGIO ITA HOTEL RELAIS GRÜNWALD LA ROCCIA WELLNESS HOTEL ITA ITA PARK HOTEL BELLACOSTA ITA HOTEL EDELWEISS&SPA ITA AU CHARMANT PETIT LAC ITA BREITHORN HOTEL ITA CAMPZERO ACTIVE ITA HOTEL LA ROUJA HOTEL RELAIS DES GLACIERS ITA HOTELLERIE DE MASCOGNAZ ITA ITA LE ROCHER HOTEL ITA AGRITURISMO BIO CA' ITA HOTEL BES&SPA ITA BELLEVUE HOTEL&SPA ITA HOTEL SANT’ORSO RESIDENCE RAINBOW HOLIDAY ITA ITA BEST WESTERN HOTEL HOTEL CITTA' DI CONEGLIANO ITA ITA RELAIS LE BETULLE ITA HOTEL VILLA BLU ITA AMBRA CORTINA ITA CAMINA SUITE AND SPA ITA CRISTALLO A LUXURY ITA FALORIA MOUNTAIN ITA FRANCESCHI PARK HOTEL ITA GRAND HOTEL SAVOIA ITA HOTEL ALASKA CORTINA HOTEL BELLEVUE SUITES&SPA ITA ITA HOTEL CORTINA ITA HOTEL CRISTALLINO ITA HOTEL DE LA POSTE ITA HOTEL DE LEN ITA HOTEL EUROPA ITA HOTEL LAJADIRA&SPA ITA HOTEL MAJONI ITA HOTEL MIRAGE ITA MIRAMONTI MAJESTIC ITA PARC HOTEL VICTORIA RADISSON RESIDENCES SAVOIA ITA ITA ROSAPETRA SPA RESORT ITA CHALET CORVARA HOTEL ARKADIA “ADULTS ONLY" ITA ITA HOTEL COL ALTO ITA HOTEL LA PERLA ITA HOTEL MARMOLADA HOTEL MIRAMONTI CORVARA ITA ITA HOTEL SASSONGHER ITA SPORTHOTEL PANORAMA ITA TH CORVARA GREIF HOTEL ITA CRESTA ET DUC HOTEL ITA GRAN BAITA GRAND HOTEL COURMAYEUR ITA GRAND HOTEL ROYAL E GOLF ITA ITA HOTEL CHALET SVIZZERO ITA HOTEL LES JUMEAUX ITA HOTEL LO SCOIATTOLO ITA HOTEL PAVILLON ITA IH HOTELS COURMAYEUR ITA LE MASSIF HOTEL & LODGE ITA VILLA NOVECENTO ITA BHAVANTÙ ITA HOTEL DESENZANO ITA HOTEL ESTÉE ITA HOTEL MAYER & SPLENDID ITA LIDO INTERNATIONAL ITA PARK HOTEL ITA PICCOLA VELA VILLA ROSA HOTEL DESENZANO ITA ITA GARTENHOTEL VÖLSER HOF ITA HOTEL EMMI ITA PARC HOTEL MIRAMONTI ITA ROMANTIK HOTEL TURM ITA BRUNET THE DOLOMITES HOTEL ISOLABELLA WELLNESS ITA ITA HOTEL LUIS ITA HOTEL MIRABELLO SLOW ITA BLU HOTEL NATURA&SPA ITA FOLGARIA POST HOTEL ITA ALPHOTEL TALLER ITA HOTEL CAMINETTO ITA LUNA WELLNESS HOTEL ITA PARK HOTEL ITA CHALET DU LYS HOTEL&SPA ITA HOTEL LO SCOIATTOLO ITA SPORT HOTEL RUDOLF ITA CHALET EDEN ITA LE MIRAMONTI HOTEL ITA MONTANA LODGE&SPA ITA PLANIBEL HOTEL ITA RE DELLE ALPI ITA HOTEL CRISTALLO ITA YACHTING RESIDENCE ITA HOTEL DE CHARME LAVENO ITA LE BETULLE ITA VILLA TERESA ITA BIO HOTEL VILLA CECILIA ITA BIVIO HOTEL PLAZA ITA BOUTIQUE HOTEL SONNE ITA HOTEL BAITA MONTANA ITA HOTEL CONCORDIA ITA HOTEL FLORA ITA HOTEL LARICE ITA HOTEL POSTA ITA HOTEL ROBERTA ALPINE ITA HOTEL SPOL ITA HOTEL TOURING ITA MONT CHALET NEVADA ITA MOTA COMFORT SPA HOTEL ITA PARK CHALET VILLAGE HOTEL LOVERE RESORT & SPA ITA ITA CAMIN HOTEL LUINO ITA RELAIS VILLA PORTA ITA BOSCONE SUITE HOTEL ITA HOTEL ANDOSSI ITA SPORT HOTEL ALPINA ITA ALPEN SUITE HOTEL ITA BOUTIQUE HOTEL DIANA ITA CERANA RELAX HOTEL CHALET LAURA LODGE HOTEL ITA ITA CRISTAL PALACE HOTEL ITA HOTEL BERTELLI HOTEL CAMPIGLIO BELLAVISTA ITA ITA HOTEL CASA DEL CAMPO ITA HOTEL CHALET ITA HOTEL CHALET DEL BRENTA ITA HOTEL CHALET DEL SOGNO ITA HOTEL CLUB RELAIS ITA HOTEL CRISTIANIA ITA HOTEL CROZZON ITA HOTEL DAHU ITA HOTEL GARNÌ CAMINETTO ITA HOTEL GARNÌ CRISTALLO ITA HOTEL IDEAL ITA HOTEL LORENZETTI ITA HOTEL OBEROSLE ITA HOTEL ROSENGARTEN ITA HOTEL SPINALE ITA HOTEL SPLENDID ITA MAJESTIC HOTEL ITA SAVOIA PALACE HOTEL ITA SPORTHOTEL ROMANTIC ITA STYLE HOTEL GRIFONE ITA TH MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO ITA GRAND HOTEL MENAGGIO ITA GRAND HOTEL VICTORIA ITA CITY HOTEL MERANO ITA HOTEL BAVARIA ITA HOTEL EUROPA SPLENDID ITA HOTEL SITTNERHOF ITA PARK HOTEL MIGNON ITA WINDSOR MERANO ITA CASA DELLA CAPRA ITA ACTIVE ALM HOTEL ITA ADLER FAMILY ITA CENTRAL HOTEL ITA HOTEL GARDEN
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Ryan Holiday is an American essay author. He has worked as a media strategist for people of the caliber of Tucker Max and Dov Charney and was marketing manager for American Apparel. His creative agency, Brass Check, has advised clients such as Google, Taser and Complex, as well as numerous prominent authors such as Neil Strauss, Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss. He has written for Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Medium.com and The New York Times. Deeply passionate about stoicism, he is the host of a podcast called The Daily Stoic. Between a book of Seneca and the other, Ryan wondered why we challenge ourselves. In the race, as in life.
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“Who is in charge? The courageous side of me or the cowardly side? The side that doesn’t flinch at discomfort or the side that desires to always be comfortable? The side that does the hard thing or the side that takes the easy way? Why do we challenge ourselves? It isn’t about improving our immune system. It isn’t about increasing our metabolism. It isn’t about reducing anxiety. Those things might have been nice ancillary benefits but they are not the point. The purpose is to become the kind of person that could do it. But how do you expect to do the big things that scare you if you haven’t practiced them? Why do you think you can endure the cold reception of a bold idea if you can’t even endure cold water? How can you trust that you’ll step 160
forward when the stakes are high when you regularly don’t do that when the stakes are low? What gives you any confidence you’ll do the hard thing when people are watching if you can’t do that even when no one is watching?” The answer to this question in his opinion is “actually do something that scares you every day.” “The person who does something scary every day is less fearful than someone who can’t. The person who does something difficult every day is tougher than someone who doesn’t.”
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