Once upon a time there was climbing, made of attempts and more attempts to free climb this or that pitch, and this was true also for champions, but, suddenly, one day a young Czech boy arrived and climbing was revolutionized. His name is Adam Ondra and his ventures are incredible, 8a and 8a+ on sight, both on the rock and in competitions. Adam climbs because climbing is happiness: he dreams and makes us dream both when he is climbing boulders or long routes. He is a fan of Wolfgang Gullich (beca..
Simone Salvagnin who suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative illness that has caused him to become almost completely blind over the past ten years, is the promoter and organizer of music-related cultural events as well as sports events connected with the Paralympics’ world. In 2010, he and his friend Dino Lanzaretti accomplished their project dubbed “Verso dove non so” (Where I am heading I do not know) during which they covered nearly 9000 kilometres on a tandem from Italy to Uzbek..
Here’s what Nives Meroi dreams of at eight thousand metres: to become a crow like those that came circling round as she and her inseparable companion Romano slowly ascended, counting their paces. Then, all of a sudden, a sort of race developed: an all-female competition at the antipodes of the way she climbs mountains. So she who had grown up near Bergamo before settling down in Friuli, with eleven 8000-metre peaks to her credit, simply stepped aside - with class. In truth, Nives had always bee..
Rocks or ice: there’s no difference for Kurt Astner. The star from South Tyrol (Brunico, 1970), who was a blacksmith (“preparing” his arms) before making his living full time in the mountains, is equally at home with both elements. It doesn’t matter if the limestone of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo is not exactly reliable: it appears that those yellow precipices bring out the best in bashful Kurt, who free climbed the mythical Jean Couzy (Cima Ovest, 8a+) and established new routes Das Phantom de..
To the ends of the world by bicycle. This is Maurizio Doro’s speciality: to feel the thrill of challenges and to meet and get to know special people. Like that Indian guru who, with all his worldly goods in a sack on his shoulder, asked him for a drink and went peacefully on his way. Or like Dale: an American trapper who spoke to him of the “quality of time” and before taking his leave made him a gift of a bear’s tooth and a claw (These are for you: take care of them he said). Maurizio’s pa..
Pure passion burning inside. It`s not just passion said Rolando Larcher: After having climbed for thirty years I can’t talk about passion: climbing is a part of me. Rolando opened fifty new routes making the history of climbing and he has still got the enthusiasm of a young boy. Talent, determination, clear ideas and style: these are the ingredients of a champion who has become a model for young people and whose ventures are still amazing. He started with his father, Renato, in 1981, and contin..
Maurizio Zanolla. Manolo. The Wizard. One of the very few climbers (the only one?) who “abandoned the race” to become part of the collective imagination: say Manolo and even a bank employee will know who you’re talking of. Is it all due to advertising? Well, not only. The Wizard’s powers keep on working: they do so today just as they did thirty years ago. The old warrior, born in Feltre in 1958, still strikes the crowds with dreadfully scary lines, younger but just as threatening and unappro..
In December 1982 on the Cho Oyu South-East face together with Reinhold Messner there was a young twenty-six shy mountaineer who gained in a few days the confidence of Reinhold. He had already shown his qualities of climbers on the Alps. His parents are farmers and he is the youngest of six sons. His name is Hans Kammerlander and he started to climb on the mountains near his house, the Dolomites, using minimal equipment. Later he moved to far mountains undertaking risky ventures like crossing Gas..
She is known as ``Lady Gecko``, she loves pizza, ice-cream, chocolate, motorcycles (especially that of Valentino Rossi) and the cliffs of C耘se, Erto and Plan de S\'ciavaneis (where you can see marmots together with climbers), moreover she loves long difficult routes. She is very determined and stubborn and she doesn`t care about future (let`s think about the present, the future will come..). Since Jenny Lavarda began climbing - in 1992, when she was eight - she has always be on top. Have a look..
A shy and quiet man who practices a form of alpinism far from the crowd`s clam our and crazes, Elio Orlandi (San Lorenzo in Banale, 30 September 1954) is in perennial search. What he speaks of are dreams, and what he wishes for each one of us is that we may be able to dream: to desire something and do everything possible in order to fulfil this desire of ours. His ascents in the Alps cannot be counted, and there is more than a masterpiece that he`s created in Patagonia. While describing his succ..