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Armando Aste

Armando Aste

Armando Aste was born in Isera in the province of Trento on 6 January 1926. He pursued his climbing activities above all in the Dolomites, where he completed numerous very demanding feats.

Biography and events

Armando Aste was born in Isera in the province of Trento on 6 January 1926. He pursued his climbing activities above all in the Dolomites, where he completed numerous very demanding feats: first ever ascents, first winter ascents and first solo climbs at international level can be included in the curriculum of this climber, who due to his humility and modesty has never been in the limelight and is relatively unknown to the non-climbing public. Strongly religious, Aste approached the mountains with great respect in order to gain experience valid for his own spiritual life. "I am proud of my faith, which I consider to be the only true wealth I possess. Over and beyond false modesty, I know I am a limited man, but I have learned that believing is more important than knowing, understanding or any climbing feat". His most significant achievements include the first solo ascent of the Couzy route on the north face of the Cima Ovest di Lavaredo.

Don Luigi Ciotti

Don Luigi Ciotti

Born on 10 September 1945 in Pieve di Cadore, at the age of five he moved to Turin with his family. Here he discovered his vocation and entered a seminary in Rivoli, where he was made a priest in 1972.

Biography and events

Born on 10 September 1945 in Pieve di Cadore, at the age of five he moved to Turin with his family. Here he discovered his vocation and entered a seminary in Rivoli, where he was made a priest in 1972. He began working inside prisons and particularly youth detention centres. It was an era that saw the sudden and devastating arrival of drugs, and Don Ciotti opened first a reception and counselling centre and in 1974 the first community for addicts. He founded the “Gruppo Abele” association, an organisation that works inside youth detention centres with the scope of helping young people with drug and alcohol problems. In the 1980s his commitment to assisting AIDS sufferers led to him becoming the first President of the Lega Italiana Lotta all’AIDS. He then came across the terrible reality of Mafia organisations and began his crusade against them, creating Libera, a network coordinating the fight against organised crime including 1500 associations and groups at both local and national level. Don Luigi Ciotti is the author of various books on religious and social themes, including Giustizia, antimafia e bene comune (with Giacomo Panizza and Carlo A. Romano, Liberedizioni, 2015) and La speranza non è in vendita (Giunti, 2012)

Fabio Palma

Fabio Palma

Born in 1965, Fabio Palma graduated in Nuclear Engineering in 1990. Passionately interested in writing, reading, mountaineering and climbing, he is currently the President of the Ragni di Lecco.

Biography and events

Born in 1965, Fabio Palma graduated in Nuclear Engineering in 1990. Passionately interested in writing, reading, mountaineering and climbing, he is currently the President of the Ragni di Lecco, dealing directly with the magazine Stile Alpino and the production of videos and films. In his professional career he has had the role of project manager at international level.

Ferdinando Boero

Ferdinando Boero

Ferdinando Boero is a marine biologist, the author of more than two hundred scientific publications and eight books, including Ecologia della bellezza (Besa, 2006) and Ecologia ed evoluzione della religione (Controluce, 2008).

Biography and events

Ferdinando Boero is a marine biologist, the author of more than two hundred scientific publications and eight books, including Ecologia della bellezza (Besa, 2006) and Ecologia ed evoluzione della religione (Controluce, 2008). He lectures at the University of Salento and is an associate of CNR-ISMAR, the Istituto di Scienze Marine of the Centro Nazionale della Ricerca. In 2006 he received the Médaille Albert Premier for oceanography. He named a jellyfish after Frank Zappa (Phialella zappai) and in his turn Zappa thanked him by dedicating the song Lonesome Cowboy Nando to him. As regards this attribution he declared:"In Genesis the first task given by God to man is to name the animals. Given that I am a taxonomist and I give names to animals, one could say that I am on a mission on behalf of God, like the Blues Brothers. I named a jellyfish Phialella zappai in honour of the great musician Frank Zappa. He dedicated a song to me. These are the joys of life ». He was recently included in the Marine Board of the European Science Foundation.

Franco Brevini

Franco Brevini

Franco Brevini is Professor of Italian Literature and Italian Contemporary Literature at the University of Bergamo and IULM University in Milan. He has written for the Corriere della Sera newspaper for around twenty years.

Biography and events

Franco Brevini is Professor of Italian Literature and Italian Contemporary Literature at the University of Bergamo and IULM University in Milan. He has written for the Corriere della Sera newspaper for around twenty years. He was academic coordinator for the International Year of the Mountains proclaimed in 2002. In 2003 he was academic director of the Montagne Sicure Project launched by the Italian government and managed by the Istituto Nazionale di Ricerche sulla Montagna, in collaboration with various other bodies. In 2003 he also presented the weekly programme QM-Qui Montagne on RAI 3. He is Chairman of the international jury of Sondrio Film Festival, an international event dedicated to documentaries on parks. He has published around twenty books, including Pasolini (Mondadori, 1981), Poeti dialettali del Novecento (Einaudi, 1987), Le parole perdute. Dialetti e poesia nel nostro secolo (Einaudi, 1990), La poesia in dialetto. Storia e testi dalle origini al Novecento (Mondadori 1999), La letteratura degli italiani (Feltrinelli 2010). He has also published autobiographical books linked to his passion for travel and climbing: Ghiacci. Uomini e avventure dalle Alpi al Grande Nord (Mondadori 2002), Rocce. Dal Borneo alle Lofoten, dalle Alpi al Sahara. Avventure di uomini in scalata (Mondadori 2004), as well as the history book La sfinge dei ghiacci. Gli italiani alla scoperta del Grande Nord (Hoepli 2009).

Giorgio Daidola

Giorgio Daidola

Giorgio Daidola was born in Turin in 1943. He has lectured in business administration and the management of tourist enterprises at the University of Trento since 1975.

Biography and events

Giorgio Daidola was born in Turin in 1943. He has lectured in business administration and the management of tourist enterprises at the University of Trento since 1975. A freelance journalist included in the national register since 1983, retired ski instructor, editor of the Rivista della Montagna and the Dimensione Sci yearbook for many years, he has published articles and photographs in all the most prestigious Italian, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Australian and American outdoor sports magazines. He has worked on many skiing and mountain films as a director and actor, winning awards at important festivals. He writes for both mountain magazines (SkiAlper) and sailing magazines (Vela and Fare Vela).
In 1982 he reintroduced Telemark skiing, i.e. alpine/Nordic skiing with ‘free heel’ bindings, going on expeditions to seven continents using this technique. The highest destination was the Shisha Pagma, where he completed the first descent from an eight-thousander using this old Norwegian technique. With Telemark skis he has climbed and descended from peaks in the seven continents, and he has been involved in important feats in the Karakoram, Hielos Continentales and Rocky Mountains.
With his first boat, a Ranger 29 called Betemps, like the famous refuge at the foot of Monte Rosa, he went on a multi-year cruise around Greece and Turkey in the early 1980s.
He is the author of the book Viaggio in Mediterraneo - Immagini, incontri, riflessioni di un velista curioso (Il Frangente Editore, 2013).

Gotthard Bonell

Gotthard Bonell

Gotthard Bonell was born in Trodena in 1953. After studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera he began attending painting courses at the Internationale Sommerakademie in Salzburg, where he was later to work as a teaching assistant.

Biography and events

Gotthard Bonell was born in Trodena in 1953. After studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera he began attending painting courses at the Internationale Sommerakademie in Salzburg, where he was later to work as a teaching assistant. He adopts a figurative language incorporating the influence of the great masters of the Italian renaissance in his works, giving them a contemporary twist. His works are present in numerous collections and museums.

John Porter

John Porter

Born in Massachusetts, he began climbing the rock faces of the Rocky Mountains and the ice cascades of Canada at the age of twenty.

Biography and events

Born in Massachusetts, he began climbing the rock faces of the Rocky Mountains and the ice cascades of Canada at the age of twenty. He moved to the United Kingdom in the early 1970s to work at the University of Leeds, where he immediately became a member of the famous student climbing community, meeting Alex MacIntyre and the flower of British climbers of the era. He has climbed Everest, K2 and numerous other peaks. He now lives in the Lake District and is Vice President of the British Mountaineering Council.

Luca Mercalli

Luca Mercalli

Luca Mercalli is President of the Società Meteorologica Italiana, an association founded in 1865. He edits the magazine Nimbus and concerns himself with research into the history of the climate and glaciers in the Alps.

Biography and events

Luca Mercalli is President of the Società Meteorologica Italiana, an association founded in 1865. He edits the magazine Nimbus and concerns himself with research into the history of the climate and glaciers in the Alps. For many years he has been active in the educational field in schools and universities. He is a columnist for La Stampa, after twenty years of writing for La Repubblica. He is a member of staff for the programmes Che tempo che fa and TGR Montagne, as well as working with Radio Televisione Svizzera Italiana and the Climate Broadcast Network of the European Union, a group of weather presenters expert in communicating climatic and environmental risk. He is a member of the scientific committee of ASPO Italia, an association studying peak oil, and he lives in a house fuelled by solar energy. His books include: Filosofia delle nuvole and Che tempo che farà per Rizzoli, Viaggi nel tempo che fa per Einaudi and Prepariamoci per Chiarelettere (Bancarella Prize in 2012).

Luca Schiera

Luca Schiera

Luca Schiera was born in Erba in 1990. He has been a member of the Ragni di Lecco since 2013.

Biography and events

Luca Schiera was born in Erba in 1990. He has been a member of the Ragni di Lecco since 2013. Together with Matteo Della Bordella, he made the first ascent of the west face of Torre Egger in Patagonia (2013). He was the first to climb the Uli Biaho Tower, the Nameless Tower and the Great Trango in a single expedition. In the alpine area he has concentrated his activities mainly in the Val Masino, where he has opened numerous new routes.

Marco Albino Ferrari

Marco Albino Ferrari

Marco Albino Ferrari was born in Milan in 1965. He founded and edits the Meridiani Montagne magazine. He has edited the monthly magazine Alp and worked with the Einaudi publishing house.

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Marco Albino Ferrari was born in Milan in 1965. He founded and edits the Meridiani Montagne magazine. He has edited the monthly magazine Alp and worked with the Einaudi publishing house. In the 1990s he edited the Licheni series. He has created numerous radio programmes, documentaries and theatre performances.
His books include Frêney 1961 (Vivalda, 1996; Corbaccio, 2009), Il vuoto alle spalle, storia di Ettore Castiglioni (Corbaccio, 2000), Terraferma (Corbaccio, 2002), In viaggio sulle Alpi (Einaudi, 2009), La sposa dell’aria (Feltrinelli, 2010), Alpi segrete (Laterza, 2011), Racconti di pareti e scalatori (editor, Einaudi, 2011) and La via del lupo (Laterza, 2012). He writes for La Stampa.

Martin Pollack

Martin Pollack

Martin Pollack was born in 1944 in Bad Hall, in Upper Austria. He lives in Vienna, where he studied Slavonic studies and the history and culture of Eastern Europe, being considered one of the greatest experts on the subject.

Biography and events

Martin Pollack was born in 1944 in Bad Hall, in Upper Austria. He lives in Vienna, where he studied Slavonic studies and the history and culture of Eastern Europe, being considered one of the greatest experts on the subject. He has done numerous translations from Polish. Since 1998 he has been a correspondent for the weekly magazine Der Spiegel. His publications in Italian include Il morto nel bunker. Inchiesta su mio padre (Bollati Boringhieri, 2007), Assassinio del padre. Il caso del fotografo Philipp Halsmann (Bollati Boringhieri, 2009) and Paesaggi contaminati (Keller, 2016).

Matteo De Zaiacomo

Matteo De Zaiacomo

Matteo De Zaiacomo was born in Sondrio in 1993. He joined the Ragni di Lecco in December 2014. A talented and determined young man in the field of sports climbing and bouldering.

Biography and events

Matteo De Zaiacomo was born in Sondrio in 1993. He joined the Ragni di Lecco in December 2014. A talented and determined young man in the field of sports climbing and bouldering, in the last few years he has tested himself against important alpine ascents, such as the one taken on during the expedition to Kyrgyzstan in summer 2014, together with Luca Schiera.

Matteo Della Bordella

Matteo Della Bordella

Matteo Della Bordella was born in Varese in 1984. A member of the Ragni di Lecco since 2006 and of C.A.A.I. since 2008, a few weeks ago he was awarded the "2015 Grignetta d'oro".

Biography and events

Matteo Della Bordella was born in Varese in 1984. A member of the Ragni di Lecco since 2006 and of C.A.A.I. since 2008, a few weeks ago he was awarded the "2015 Grignetta d'oro" prize as the best Italian climber in the last two years. His activities range from rock climbing and mountaineering to expeditions outside Europe. His most important feats include the first ascent of the west face of Torre Egger in Patagonia (2013), the first ascent of the west face of Uli Biaho Tower (6109m), in Pakistan, and the recent expedition to Shark Tooth in Greenland “by fair means” (2014).

Matteo Righetto

Matteo Righetto

Matteo Righetto was born in Padua in 1972. He made his debut with Savana padana in 2009 and subsequently published Bacchiglione Blues.

Biography and events

Matteo Righetto was born in Padua in 1972. He made his debut with Savana padana in 2009 and subsequently published Bacchiglione Blues; one of his stories was selected by Massimo Carlotto for the series «10 racconti noir» and appeared in the Manifesto newspaper, while another of his texts was selected for the Venice Noir anthology edited by Maxim Jakubowski for Akashic Books (New York). He directs the «Sugarpulp» international literary festival held every year in Padua and he recently founded the «Scuola Twain».

Mirella Tenderini

Mirella Tenderini

She founded and directed the first international literary agency for art books, and has edited a series of travel and exploration books. She writes for Italian and foreign magazines, has translated volumes from various languages...

Biography and events

She founded and directed the first international literary agency for art books, and has edited a series of travel and exploration books. She writes for Italian and foreign magazines, has translated volumes from various languages and is the author of books that have also been published abroad, such as Gary Hemming: Una storia degli anni Sessanta, Le nevi dell’Equatore: Kilimanjaro, Kenya, Ruwenzori, La lunga notte di Shackleton, Gauguin e Tahiti: Storia di una passione and Vita di un esploratore gentiluomo. Il duca degli Abruzzi (with Michael Shandrick, 2006) and Tutti gli uomini del K2 (2014), published by Corbaccio.

Neri Marcorè

Neri Marcorè

Neri Marcorè was born in Porto Sant’Elpidio in 1966 and has had a brilliant career, becoming one of the most popular figures with the Italian public. A theatre and film actor, television presenter, dubbing actor and impressionist.

Biography and events

Neri Marcorè was born in Porto Sant’Elpidio in 1966 and has had a brilliant career, becoming one of the most popular figures with the Italian public. A theatre and film actor, television presenter, dubbing actor and impressionist, he began his TV career in 1990 with Stasera mi butto, presented by Gigi Sabani. His successful collaboration with Serena Dandini began with Producer - Il grande gioco del cinema, followed by the Pippo Chennedy Show, La posta del cuore and L’ottavo nano, when he began his famous impersonations of Alberto Angela and Maurizio Gasparri. His film debut dates back to 1994, with Piero Natoli’s Ladri di cinema. In 2003 he was nominated as best leading actor for the David di Donatello award and he won the Nastro d’Argento award for Il cuore altrove directed by Pupi Avati. He worked with Pupi Avati again in La seconda notte di nozze and he was in the cast of Baciami Piccina directed by Roberto Cimpanelli, L’estate del mio primo bacio by Carlo Virzi and Se devo essere sincera by Davide Ferrario. He made his theatre debut in 1993 with La finta malattia di musica and in subsequent years he participated in productions such as California Suite and L’apparenza inganna, La lunga notte del dottor Galvan by Daniel Pennac and Un certo signor G., based on Gaber’s work.

Omar Pedrini

Omar Pedrini

Omar Pedrini was born in Brescia on 28 May 1967. He became well-known in the world of music as the leader of Timoria rock band, from their debut until the indefinite interruption announced by the group in 2003.

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Omar Pedrini was born in Brescia on 28 May 1967. He became well-known in the world of music as the leader of Timoria rock band, from their debut until the indefinite interruption announced by the group in 2003. His many activities outside the band have included the artistic direction since 1997 of Brescia Music Art, a festival combining different art forms. His solo debut dates back to 1996. In 2004 VIDOMAR came out, pre-empted by his participation at the Sanremo festival with the song “Lavoro inutile”. In June 2004 Pedrini suffered from a ruptured aneurysm, being taken into hospital and subjected to an emergency operation. His convalescence took him away from the music scene for some time: he recommenced his musical activities in 2005, appearing in summer festivals and directing the Valtrompia MUSIC Art festival.
After having undertaken parallel activities as a TV scriptwriter and lecturer on the master’s degree course in Musical Communication at the Università Cattolica, Omar started producing his own music again in 2006, beginning work on a new record, Pane, burro e medicine, which saw the light in May 2006.
In 2009 he wrote a song for the soundtrack of Pupi Avati’s film Il figlio più piccolo, in which he also had a cameo role. In 2010 a new album came out, entitled La capanna dello zio rock and three years later he issued Che ci vado a fare a Londra? In 2016 he composed the original music for La storia dell'orso, directed by Enrico Lando.

Patricia Rivadeneira

Patricia Rivadeneira

An actor of great charisma and talent, she was one of the figures of reference for the Chilean avant-garde and the opposition to Pinochet’s regime.

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An actor of great charisma and talent, she was one of the figures of reference for the Chilean avant-garde and the opposition to Pinochet’s regime. In parallel with her acting career, she began working as a cultural events manager, supervising and coordinating a series of events representing key phases in the cultural history of her country and which contributed to the explosion of the Chilean artistic and political avant-garde. She moved to Italy in 2000, filling the post of Cultural Attaché for the Chilean Embassy from 2001 to 2006. Between 2007 and 2011 she had the role of Cultural Secretary of the Istituto Italo-Latinoamericano. In 2012 she recommenced her career as an actor, working in both Italy and Chile.

Peter Fill

Peter Fill

Peter Fill, originally from Castelrotto, is the first Italian athlete to arrive at the top of the World Cup rankings since Alberto Tomba.

Biography and events

Peter Fill, originally from Castelrotto, is the first Italian athlete to arrive at the top of the World Cup rankings since Alberto Tomba. A native German-speaker, after attending middle school he started work in a garage, a job he soon abandoned to dedicate himself to professional skiing.
In 1999 he won a gold medal in all the disciplines in which he competed at the Italian junior championships. At international level, in February 2002 he won the super G title at the World Junior Alpine Skiing Championships, an achievement that allowed him to make his debut in the World Cup in 2002.
He had his first World Cup downhill victory at Lake Louise on 29 November 2008, becoming only the seventh Italian in the history of the World Cup to win a downhill competition. At the subsequent World Championships in the Val d’Isère in 2009 he won a silver medal in the Super G, on the steep and icy Face de Bellevarde slope. He participated in the 21st Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010.
During the2015/2016 season, after having won the Kitzbühel downhill competition, he took the World Cup downhill title, bringing the men’s trophy to Italy for the first time.

Reinhold Messner

Reinhold Messner

Born in 1944, he is the most famous climber and adventurer of our era. He has continued to open new horizons as a mountaineer, high altitude climber and extreme explorer.

Biography and events

Born in 1944, he is the most famous climber and adventurer of our era. He has continued to open new horizons as a mountaineer, high altitude climber and extreme explorer. He has recounted his search for self-fulfilment through extreme feats in numerous books. As an author and as a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004, he has fought for an ecologically sustainable relationship with nature. Messner was the first man to conquer all the 14 eight-thousanders and the first man to climb Everest without oxygen. Messner has crossed Greenland, eastern Tibet, the Antarctic and the Gobi desert on foot. He lives in Juval Castle in the Val Venosta, and in Merano.

Simone Moro

Simone Moro

Born in 1967, he is an athlete, federation instructor and former coach of the Italian national sports climbing team. He is a full-time climber and has participated in several climbing expeditions.

Biography and events

Born in 1967, he is an athlete, federation instructor and former coach of the Italian national sports climbing team. He is a full-time climber and has participated in several climbing expeditions, to the Himalayas, Karakorum, the Andes, Patagonia, the Antarctic, Thien Shan and Pamir. His first great success was the ascent of the Lhotse in 1994. Another important achievement was the 8b – 8000m combination in one calendar year, 1994, involving overcoming a rock climbing route of grade 8b difficulty and the ascent of a mountain over 8000 metres high without the use of oxygen. Other impressive feats were the triple ascent of Everest in 2000, 2002 and 2006 (the latter alone, with a south-north traverse), the ascent of Cho Oyu, Broad Peak and Mount Vinson in the Antarctic. In 2003 he climbed the Kilimanjaro and the Elbrus, and was given important awards (Pierre de Cubertin Fair Play Trophy, Medaglia d’Oro al Valor Civile, David Sowles Award) following an extreme rescue of the British climber Tom Moores (on the face of the Lhotse alone, without oxygen and at a height of over 8000 metres). The last few years have seen him complete the first ascent of the unclimbed north-west face of Baruntse North and the first ever winter ascent of the Shisha Pangma. Simone considers his activities not as an ultimate aim but as a means of discovering cultures and peoples, but also his own personal, technical and psychological limits, with an awareness that they can be overcome with determination, motivation and training. In 2016 he made the first winter ascent of the Nanga Parabat.

Spiro Dalla Porta Xydias

Spiro Dalla Porta Xydias

Born in Lausanne in February 1917 to a family of Greek origin, he moved to Trieste when he was very young, still living there today. A political science graduate, he is the author of 40 publications about mountaineering...

Biography and events

Born in Lausanne in February 1917 to a family of Greek origin, he moved to Trieste when he was very young, still living there today. A political science graduate, he is the author of 40 publications about mountaineering and he has translated many works from Italian into German. Dalla Porta Xydias is currently an honorary member of CAI, President of GISM – Gruppo Italiano Scrittori di Montagna and a Member Emeritus of the Soccorso Alpino. He has won numerous prizes and is often invited to speak at conferences on climbing and the mountains held all over Italy, although his true vocation is writing, which by now occupies most of his time.

Stefano Ardito

Stefano Ardito

Born in Rome in 1954, Stefano Ardito is a journalist and photographer, documentary director and writer. He began writing guidebooks in 1980 and can today count around a hundred books dedicated to mountains.

Biography and events

Born in Rome in 1954, Stefano Ardito is a journalist and photographer, documentary director and writer. He began writing guidebooks in 1980 and can today count around a hundred books dedicated to mountains in Italy and around the world. He was one of the founders of the Mountain Wilderness environmental association and one of those behind Sentiero Italia.
He approached mountaineering in 1973 thanks to a CAI climbing course in Rome, and his first adventure in distant places was trekking at the foot of Mount Everest in 1979. Since then he has explored mountain paths all over the world (in the Himalayas, Karakorum, Borneo, the mountains of Africa, Mexico, Aconcagua, Patagonia, the parks of the USA and Canada and the Mediterranean massifs).
In 1980, together with a group of friends, he participated in the founding of the La Montagna cooperative, one of the first in Italy to concern itself with trekking and tourism in protected areas. In 1987 he participated in the founding of the Mountain Wilderness environmental association, which he left in 1995.
His first true experience of the press dates back to 1980 with Paese Sera, followed by contributions to La Repubblica, Airone and other travel and leisure magazines. Today he writes for Dove, Meridiani, Plein Air, Qui Touring and Rivista della Montagna. The list of guidebooks and volumes that he has edited personally or jointly is instead much longer.
After having worked as an author for various RAI programmes, he was chosen by RAI Tre to present around a hundred episodes of Geo (now Geo&Geo), between 1991 and 1993. Having concluded his experience as a presenter, he turned his attention to documentary making, first as a consultant and co-author, and then as director.

Tamara Lunger

Tamara Lunger

The daughter of the well-known Italian ski mountaineer Hansjörg Lunger, Tamara was born and raised in Alto Adige. She began her ski mountaineering activities in 2002, obtaining a number of successes in classic competitions.

Biography and events

The daughter of the well-known Italian ski mountaineer Hansjörg Lunger, Tamara was born and raised in Alto Adige. She began her ski mountaineering activities in 2002, obtaining a number of successes in classic competitions. In 2007, on only her second experience of ice climbing, she completed the ascent of the north face of the Ortler (3905 m): for her this was the most extreme challenge completed up to this time. In 2009 Tamara had her first chance to go to Nepal with an expedition headed by Simone Moro. The final objective was the Cho Oyu (8201m) in Tibet, but their plans were thwarted when the Chinese government closed the frontier between Nepal and Tibet. Tamara was determined to return to the Himalayas and the following year she made her first ascent of an 8000m peak, becoming the youngest woman ever to have climbed the Lhotse. In 2010 she also participated in a second expedition to the Cho Oyu, but this time alone. Her first solo attempt concluded at an altitude of 7750 metres. This expedition was unfortunately compromised by the tragic death of her friend: Tamara helped to retrieve the body and, trying to recover from this terrible experience, she made another attempt to reach the summit, but without success. In 2011 Tamara went on an expedition to Kyrgyzstan, where she reached the peak of the Kahn Tengri in appalling weather conditions. In 2014 she managed to complete the ascent of the K2 without oxygen. In 2015 she attempted the winter ascent of the Manaslu with Simone Moro.

Tom Ballard

Tom Ballard

Born in 1988 in the Peak District in England, Tom Ballard grew up in the Highlands of Scotland, where he moved in 1995, attending school there. Tom learned to ski and snowboard during the ephemeral winters of the Scottish Highlands.

Biography and events

Born in 1988 in the Peak District in England, Tom Ballard grew up in the Highlands of Scotland, where he moved in 1995, attending school there. Tom learned to ski and snowboard during the ephemeral winters of the Scottish Highlands, putting on his first skis at the age of five and trying snowboarding for the first time at the age of seven. Since his childhood he has never had any other wish or thought other than to become a climber. He enjoys taking on both bouldering and alpine faces, appreciating both disciplines. He is fond of the Dolomites, where he has climbed more than 160 routes, mostly solo. During the winter of 2013 he made his first ascent of the 1960 aid classic into Via Olimpia on the Catinaccio as an F8 free climb. Overall, Tom has climbed and descended more than 110 alpine routes, mostly alone.

Wu Ming 2

Wu Ming 2

Wu Ming 2 was part of the Luther Blissett writers’ collective, which produced the successful novel Q, along with a series of situational actions recounted in the book Totò, Peppino e la guerra psichica 2.0.

Biography and events

Wu Ming 2 was part of the Luther Blissett writers’ collective, which produced the successful novel Q, along with a series of situational actions recounted in the book Totò, Peppino e la guerra psichica 2.0. With the arrival of the new millennium the collective changed its name to Wu Ming, which in Mandarin Chinese means «nameless ». It has worked on the production of various collective novels, whereas as a separate group it has published the novels Guerra agli umani (Einaudi, 2003), Timira (together with Antar Mohamed, Einaudi, 2012) and Il sentiero degli dei (Ediciclo, 2015). For several years it has edited a newsletter, from which the material for the Giap! collection was extracted. Wu Ming’s official web site is www.wumingfoundation.com.