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Shishapangma South Face with Ueli Steck and David Göttler

Ueli Steck and David Göttler packing climbing gear

May 29, 2016: Kathmandu, Nepal When I started as a photographer I simply wanted to document what I saw, to be a journalist, a National Geographic type shooting assignments where I responded to and anticipated situations. But, I was a mountain guy and had been working in the outdoor industry with many friends and connections, which I would soon realize …

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The 82 Summits Project

The 82 Summits project has launched. Ueli Steck and Michi Wohlleben are committed to climbing all 82 of the Alps 4000 meter peaks, in 80 days, and under their own power. Between peaks, countries even, they’ll bike, run, hike, ski or even paraglide. But this project is not about speed, or records, or even doing much hard climbing, It’s about a …

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Abella de la Conca Climbing

After a week of being beaten up by steep, powerful climbing at Rodellar, Spain, Janine and I opted to head to a place we’d read about years ago and had placed on our, “If we’re in the area”, list. It proved to be a very good decision. Abella de la Conca was described as a tiny, ancient, and perfectly preserved village …

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Climbing in Leonidio Greece

The name “Leonidio” has been coming up a lot lately in the European climbing scene. By early fall we had seen articles published in Germany’s Klettern Magazine, the Swiss Alpine Club’s Die Alpen Magazine and on Planet Mountain. Each article was full of praise for the stunning, red limestone walls, even going so far as to ask, “Is this the new Kalymnos?”. For …

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Kalymnos Climbing

Kalymnos… What climber hasn’t heard of this limestone mecca in the middle of the Aegean Sea? It’s all been said, but here’s our version. This was Janine and I’s third visit in the last few years. Simply put, we love it. The remarkable thing about Kalymnos is that the whole package is perfect. The climbing, island, food, prices, weather, and of course the …

PatitucciPhoto Summer 2014 News

Summer is officially here! This means just one thing, staying outside and bouncing around the Alps climbing, running, biking and of course making images of it all for the brands we work with. After returning from Nepal, we made the decision to stay closer to home for the remainder of the year. The more we explore our backyard, the Berner …

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Ueli Steck Behind the Scenes at Annapurna and Personal Thoughts

To date, we have had over 8ooo Google searches land on our site as a result of people searching variations of “How does/what does Ueli Steck… insert train, eat, think”. Apparently folks are interested in these things. Now that we’re back home in Switzerland and our Stock Site is loaded with photos of Ueli at Annapurna, I had some time to …

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Ueli Steck Annapurna Climb 2013

Ueli Steck Annapurna 2013

Ueli… My first thought upon waking. 3000 meters of rock, snow and ice greeted me as I unzipped the tent door. The massive wall was cast in deep blue without sun and towered so high I had to poke my head out of the tent to see the summit. Ueli’s friend Tenji Sherpa stirred next to me, so too Janine. Immediately, …

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Climbing the Aiguille Dibona in Écrins National Park France

Great photos influence us to try, buy or experience things, ideas, and places. When Janine found a photo of the Aiguille Dibona and called me over to her computer, I was sure it was somewhere other than Europe. But as luck would have it, it’s in the Écrins National Park outside Grenoble, France, and only a few hours from home. We showed …

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Climbing the Obergabelhorn Traverse Switzerland

Zermatt, Switzerland is not lacking in stunning mountains. Arrival to the idyllic, car free, village is met with an overwhelming array of tourists, souvenir shops, hotels and restaurants. From the train station there is little in terms of mountain awe. But, stroll through town to the south end and suddenly things change. There, sitting entirely alone on the skyline, the …

Magazine Cover Clips

The first magazine I ever worked with as a photographer, Rock & Ice back in 1997, has finally featured one of our images on the cover of the January 2013 issue. Because of my long history with the sport of climbing, and this magazine, I am pretty thrilled. Better yet, it is from the Dolomites, which ironically coincides with our …

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Eddie Bauer First Ascent Dolomites Photography

All four of us mashed ourselves against the wall to minimize surface exposure as another Dolomite missile screamed by. Our nerves were fraying with the continual bombardment just meters behind our heads. The sound a falling rock makes must be one of the most horrifying, the explosion of nearby stone a close second. So it went as we made our …

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Wild Roses Dream Book

It isn’t every photoshoot where the client says, “Do what you want”. Our last shoot for the high end Swiss women’s mountain sport clothing brand Wild Roses was one of the lucky ones. Thanks to having just started playing with Instagram, a theme came to mind. The shoot was with two of their Climbing Ambassadors, Lisi Steurer and Elisabetta Caserini, both …

PatitucciPhoto June News

Lots of big news this month! PatitucciPhoto is Moving After five wonderful years in the Dolomites, we are both sad and thrilled to announce that we have bought a new home in Interlaken, Switzerland. Sad to leave the Dolomites and all our great friends behind, but also excited to be going to our other favorite place. Interlaken is in the …

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Celebrating 25 Years in the Outdoor Industry

Saying “Yes” to try climbing changed my life. I grew up racing sailboats, but the first day I climbed rocks I was an all new 18 year old. Turns out I had an inner dirtbag that was set free when I discovered the yacht club & topsider free world of the crags. My calling had been answered. Shortly thereafter I …

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Dolomites Via Ferrata Petzl Photoshoot

The Via Ferrata Tomaselli With the year’s best weather currently playing out, it was perfect timing when Petzl called needing us to shoot a Via Ferrata for their next catalog. The need; a classic Ferrata, great light, fun people and of course a dramatic landscape. I asked our good friend and Mountain Guide Alberto De Giuli what would the most photogenic Ferrata …

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John Harlin Walking the Swiss Border

Earlier this summer we posted our story & photos about John Harlin’s Swiss Border project. It was a project we were very lucky to be a part of as we would have the pleasure of meeting John, spending some days with him as he walked the entire Swiss Border, and getting to visually document part of the process. After three …

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A Busy Week in the Life of PatitucciPhoto

We live a busy schedule of combining work with play  – for us, they are one and the same, we call it life. Living and working in the mountains is simply what we do. But the last week was particularly dense with activity and has finally ended on a drizzly day in Switzerland where I can finally sit and get …

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Climbing Magazine Photography

  Like so many of the sports we photograph, we are passionate about the subject matter. We not only make images of these sports, but also enthusiastically take part, allowing for great memories of the images produced. So to see our work published is to see great experiences and friends get some attention – perhaps no more so than in …

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Kalymnos Greece Climbing

As we are back to climbing this year, there is one phrase that keeps coming up over and over again, “You must climb in Kalymnos, Greece”. With the need for a holiday break from, well, mountain sports, we thought we’d go on climbing holiday. All we ever do is mountain sports, but always with the camera and the necessary focus …