Adventures

  • Hiking in La Graciosa, Canary Islands
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    New Episode of Adventure Lanzarote: Much More than Graciosa

    My cross-media project Adventure Lanzarote, co-managed with my wife Valentina Kay, gets a new content with Much More than Graciosa. Expect: the stunning eighth Canary in 4k awesomeness, a catchy soundtrack we created and I played for the occasion — for a hiking project we had no idea at all was in fact doable: the loop of the South Coast. Follow our stories on the website and subscribe to Adventure Lanzarote YouTube Channel to make sure not to miss any new content.

  • From Playa Mujeres to Playa Papagayo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
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    New Episode of Adventure Lanzarote: Papagayo Connection

    A new adventure for you for my cross-media project Adventure Lanzarote, co-managed with my wife Valentina Kay. This time: Papagayo Connection, in which our heroes — in 4k glory — reach the iconic posterchild beach of Lanzarote (the titular Playa Papagayo, as you suspected), via the low path invented by negotiating the rocks under the cliffs and swimming. Follow our stories on the website and subscribe to Adventure Lanzarote YouTube Channel to make sure not to miss any new content.

  • Playa de la Arena from Playa Quemada, Lanzarote hiking and swimming
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    New Episode of Adventure Lanzarote: The Big Black Dune

    The cross-media project Adventure Lanzarote, co-managed with my wife Valentina Kay, continues with a new episode: The Big Black Dune. In which we face: a big black dune. Now you can do several things. One of the those is: go read the article on Adventure Lanzarote. Follow our stories on the website and subscribe to Adventure Lanzarote YouTube Channel to make sure not to miss any new content.

  • Shattered Mountain - an ascent to Pizzo Emet (3,200m), video in 4k
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    Shattered Mountain

    In the Adventure section, you’ll find a new story and a video, in 4k glory, about a recent ascent to Pizzo Emet (3,200), on the Italy-Switzerland border, Val Spluga. Plus, my companion for this ascent (and wife) Valentina published a beautiful photo gallery on her brand-new website, titled Green Blue Gray. Check it out!

  • Shattered Mountain - an ascent to Pizzo Emet (3,200m), video in 4k
    Adventures,  Video Story

    Shattered Mountain

    Okay, so, we’re in Italy for a few days. We have a week of vacation. What do you want to do? Climb a mountain, of course. Basically what we sometimes miss in Lanzarote, where we live, is the Alps. So as we happen to be around, we can’t miss the opportunity for a couple quick tours. We didn’t want to do anything too difficult or challenging, we wanted to take it easy and travel very light for a one-day thing. Also, we liked the idea of exploring a valley we didn’t know — far from the most famous and crowded mountains. So we did some research and found Pizzo Emet…

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    New Episode of Adventure Lanzarote: Discovering La Palma

    A new article and video have been published for my cross-media project Adventure Lanzarote, co-managed with my wife Valentina Kay. In this chapter we tell of a 4-day escapade to the verdant paradise of La Palma — another of the Canary Island gems. Follow our stories on the website and subscribe to Adventure Lanzarote YouTube Channel to make sure not to miss any new content.

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    New Project: Adventure Lanzarote

    Introducing my latest cross-media project: Adventure Lanzarote! In collaboration with my wife Valentina Kay, a new chapter of exploration begins with the launch of Adventure Lanzarote. Inspired by the mesmerizing landscapes, the unexpected colors and all the tales of the Atlantic island where we moved to last year, this multimedia container will serve as a deeper dive into the wonders of the Island of Fire — beyond the usual travel guides. You’ll find stories and photos and also videos — thanks to our brand-new Adventure Lanzarote YouTube Channel.

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    Adventure Lanzarote

    In my continuous journey of exploration and storytelling, I’ve stumbled upon a strange and beautiful land which has captivated me in ways I hadn’t imagined — the Macaronesian island of Lanzarote, where to I moved with my family at the end of 2022. It beckoned for a deeper dive, a dedicated narrative. I listened. So, it’s a pleasure to introduce to you the website Adventure Lanzarote — a project co-created with my wife Valentina and born out of sheer fascination for this Canary Island’s wonders. It’s not going to be just another travel guide: it’s a canvas for the tales, the discoveries and the experiences that Island of Fire has…

  • Camino Natural Orzola Playa Blanca - Lanzarote
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    Lanzarote Coast-to-Coast

    With my wife Valentina, we traversed the island of Lanzarote from the South to the north tip, in a hike which took about 24 hours (including a bivouac rest) to cover the 75km of the Camino Natural from Playa Blanca to Órzola. An article about this tough and wonderful experience, made peculiar by very unusual weather for this tropical haven (it was pretty cold and we actually didn’t see the ocean the whole time!), will certainly come.

  • ultra trail lago d'orta
    Adventures,  Photo Story

    Ghosts

    Ultra Trail Lago d’Orta 2016 (90 km, +5800 m positive gain), 23/Oct/2016 Vedi la versione in italiano Reportage You may click on the pictures to see a larger version and start the gallery Awful dilemma: to clip or not to clip my toenails? Crouched on my makeshift bed in the gymnasium, I scrutinize them intently. It’s three in the morning and we’re all awake. They’re not that long, actually, but as the hours go by they could become a bother, and I curse myself for forgetting this detail. I should have fixed them a couple days ago. Doing it now could mean doing it badly, perhaps getting a tiny cut…

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    Warp!

    Camino Real from Temisas to Agüimes, Gran Canaria, with detours to Cuevas de la Audiencia and Barranco de las Vacas; short hike (about 10 Km) - 05/aug/2018 Photos by Valentina Kay and me Embark with me on a journey along the Camino Real from Temisas to Agüimes, Gran Canaria, a path less traveled, yet filled with wonders. Walk through the charming alleys of the white hamlet. Detour to the Cuevas de la Audiencia and discover the aboriginal dwellings, and Barranco de las Vacas, where nature’s artistry is on grand display. This short hike, little more than 10 kilometers — walked on the 5th of August, 2018 — felt nontheless like…

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    Warp! and Ghosts

    Double outdoor update: a new gallery titled Warp! — about a short hike along the Camino Real from Temisas to Agüimes, in Gran Canaria, including a detour to explore the evocative Cuevas de la Audiencia and spectacular Barranco de las Vacas; and Ghosts — English version of the reportage about my experience at the Lake Orta Ultra Trail 2016 (90 Km, +5800 m elevation gain).

  • Val Borbera Marathon, 2018
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    Val Borbera Marathon

    Together with my wife Valentina, we’ve run the Val Borbera Marathon (42 Km; 2,200 m positive gain), in a glorious sunny day. Gallery coming. (As always: sooner or later — and probably later). Next race: Licony Trail (70 Km; 5,000 m positive gain), June 10 in Morgex.

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    Mont Blanc Is Everywhere

    Gran Trail Courmayeur (60 km, +4,000 m positive gain), 07/09/2016 pictures by Valentina Kay (V.K.) and me thanks to Jodi R. Lester for the proofreading Vedi la versione in italiano Reportage you may click on any picture to see a larger version and start the gallery Mont Blanc is everywhere. It almost seems wrong. A neat impression: Gaia, once finished assembling the Alps, a few years ago, realized she had forgotten about that handful of magnificent mountains she had kept aside for a grand finale; and then she had no more usable space. What should she do? Well, just pile them up here somehow, one upon the other. What’s the…

  • Licony Trail 2017
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    Licony Trail

    I’ve run a hard-fought and spectacular Licony Trail (72 Km, 4,800 m positive gain), Aosta Valley. It may and probably will take some time, but a reportage is coming sooner or later.

  • grignetta
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    Symbolism

    Grignetta (2180 m), Canalone Porta, Cresta Sinigaglia, Canalone Caimi - 07/Apr/2014 photos by Donato Erba (D.E.) and me Photo Gallery Get swallowed by dark, toothy jaws. Tons upon tons of avalanche black snow, compacted by enormous pressures to form a disturbed tongue more than ten meters thick. Ascend towards the blue, out of the shadows. Emerge into absolute white, among ephemeral frames and sinuous curves of sparkling ice. Walk on ridge lines suspended between sky and sky, in the cold, bright, deep air. Breathe the summit for just a moment. And then descend, in great leaps, along with the soft snow. foto D.E. foto D.E. foto D.E. foto D.E. foto…