The wilderness of the Julian Alps is the ideal place to reflect on the true nature of mountain-climbing. A climber faces the majestic northwestern wall of the Montasio Mountain along the Kugy-Horn route. The great solitude in which he climbs offers him the chance to ponder climbing in the past and the present: once the gentle rhythms of mountain-climbing enabled the climber to feel a part of the mountain, but today the race to be the first and to perform feats of daring has forced mountain climbers to become the unconscious prisoners of themselves.
Born in Trieste in 1960, Giorgio Gregorio graduated in Arts from the University of Trieste. He has been a professional journalist since 1992. Since 1985 he has worked at the Television Production Centre of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region. He has taken the photography for and edited more than twenty documentaries on the region’s social and political situation, its culture, history, environment and nature, specialising in Alpine nature and environment; he has also made a range of mountaineering films. He is a CAI National Mountaineering Instructor.