It's confirmed. Adam Ondra is now certain, Project Hard is the most difficult route ever sent as of today. A 9c, a grade that few in the world can really comprehend what it means. From our part, as commong mortals, in that 'grade' we see the combinatio of talent, determination and a life of sacrifices made by the strongest climber who ever lived.
Following the 2015 earthquake, Nepal is trying to leave behind the rubble to find once more a glimmer of autonomy. In fact, traditional economic activities are struggling to get back on their feet, partly also due to the direct effects of tourism, which although it is cloaked in healthy enthusiasm and good intentions, in the long run it has unmasked its own unsustainability, particularly in the most isolated and remote villages. Nepal and its crisis were topics of conversation at the Trento Film Festival
This is the western most corner of Karakorum, the starting point of the most majestic mountain range in the world, the Himalaya. An area of exceptional scenic value and imbued with deep symbolic significance.
To be born and live in the land of the grokch requires knowledge of a subtle universe, populated with demons, spectres and supernatural entities constantly lurking in ambush...
By Emanuele Confortin photo by Matteo Bailo & Emanuele Confortin The premise is simple enough: attempting to repeat a route opened by Renato Casarotto means you are in for a tough journey. I realized that a few years ago when I had the opportunity to ascend the route traced by the strong mountaineer from Vicenza [...]
by Emanuele Confortin He is universally recognized as the strongest climber around. It is hard to bind him to a specific category, or to attempt making comparisons with the past. Adam Ondra is a separate entity, the prototype climber, able to stand out in the competitive circuits on “plastic”, on boulders, and on the hardest [...]
This is Uttarakhand, in the Uttarkashi district to be precise, a unique and wild territory, bearing a profound religious significance since the time of the Veda. This is the centre of the universe, where sky, earth and the underworld meet.
Today Alpinismi makes its debut. We have been talking about it for a while now, we know. We have been navigating from one social medium to another, trying not to overdo it, to create the right suspense, and to catch the attention of a ‘pioneer’ group of readers to whom we dedicate this first piece. [...]