1 week ago

Montagna Magica
Annapurna II "Pareidolia" (*) that looks really scary!(*) “pareidolia”, from Greek : it’s the instinctive tendency to find familiar shapes in chaotic images.(ph by Matthew Dickinson) #montagnamagicaweb #alpinismo #annapurna #alpinism #Himalaya #climbing ...
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1 month ago

Montagna Magica
Kudos to my friend Panos from Sparta, Greece.An alpinist, slackliner, scientist, marble craftsman with whom I share values and ethics about mountaineering and ultimately, about life.Panos is a humble alpinist who scored astounding and difficult climbs all around the world. Keep it on!!!K2&Nobody just reached the landmark of 1000 likes. Very few, indeed. And between these people one would expect even fewer individuals to have experience, or some understanding, of how it feels really to be ascending steep terrain at high altitude without supplementary oxygen. Respect to all of those who will try in the future to reach their own summits the fair way. Be sure it is a physically cruel and mentally strenuous activity, yet the satisfaction a man (or woman) gets from life is directly proportional to the invested effort. ...
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1 month ago

Montagna Magica
Mohammad "Little" Karim, legendary Pakistani climber and porter, passed away this morning in Rawalpindi hospital. Karim was born in Hushe valley of District Ghanche, Gilgit-Baltistan. He reached Skardu city in 1976 from his home town, Hushey Valley, to try his luck for becoming a high-altitude porter. He was rejected by a team by looking at his stature that he would not be able to carry 25kg of weight up to the base camp of K2. Though he was in his teens, he looked like a 10 year old boy due to his appearance.Losing hopes, Karim was about to leave, a Swiss team ran out of porters and took him along. In the same trip he managed to summit a 7000 meter peak.Karim climbed Gasherbrum II, without oxygen.(info wiki; ph 1,2 Mohammad Karim, ph 3 Karim with soccer champion Ronaldo) #montagnamagicaweb #alpinestyle #alpinismo #alpinism #winterclimbing #climbing #littlekarim #karakorum #pakistan ...
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2 months ago

Montagna Magica
Happy 90th Birthday to Kurt Diemberger, legendary Austrian alpinist, writer,filmmaker .Kurt Diemberger is the only living climber who first summited two 8000ers :Broad Peak and Dhaulagiri.He also became one of first filmmakers at high altitude , then he summited K2 being 62yrs old - where sadly his partner ,Julie Tullis, climber and filmmaker,died on descent.He was a good friend of my grandfather which was editor for his book in Italy in 1961, which, by the way, was one of my first read about high altitude mountaineering, a turning point for my passion! Here my grandfather with Kurt, his book (inside Kurt wrote: "Alfonso was ready to shoot me with his old gun if I didn't complete the book in time "), a wonderful pic took by Almo Giambisi, another friend of my grandfather, great Italian climber: "camp 1 of K2 in 1983 ,Kurt filming with Italian climber Gigio Visentin"(ph Almo Giambisi, Facebook)#montagnamagicaweb #karakorum #kurtdiemberger#alpinism #alpinismo #climbing#zanichellieditore ...
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3 months ago

Montagna Magica
"Anna Piunova and her staff at Mountain.ru addressed fellow Russians and the international community via an open letter penned by Nobel Prize winner Dmitry Muratov. Nearly a hundred people signed the letter, including the entire Mountain.ru team.“Compatriots! The outbreak of Russia’s war against Ukraine is a SHAME,” it reads. “This is OUR shame, but, unfortunately, our children, a generation of very young and unborn Russians, will also have to bear responsibility for it.”In the second photo, the poster published by Russian climbers against war.You can barely imagine how brave are these Russian friends, risking their freedom standing publicly against Putin's War in their own country. In the first photo, Ukrainian Irina Galay, who climbed K2 last summer, had to cancel her Annapurna expedition to join civilian volunteers. She will fight to defend her home country. Via ExplorersWeb, Angela Benavides report.#montagnamagicaweb#standwithukraine#alpinismo#alpinism#climbing ...
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3 months ago

Montagna Magica
I had the privilege to know and speak and talk with Nikita Balabanov , which together with Michael Fomin , and Viacheslav Polezhaiko did the most important alpine ascent of 2021, the Annapurna III SE Ridge.I wrote this article about them for Climbing Magazinewww.climbing.com/news/interview-first-ascent-annapurna-iii-southeast-ridge/My heart is broken reading this post.All my thoughts are with Ukrainian people, a free country which is under a horrible threat.War is shit. Putin is a filthy criminal and I also stand with my Russian friends that are ashamed and against this foolish tragedy. ...
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