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Ueli Steck Mountain Hardwear Website

Ueli Steck’s Himalayan Speed Project Since our February 2011 photoshoot with Ueli Steck, much has happened surrounding this amazing athlete and alpinist. To have been a part of it, to meet and spend some days living with Ueli, is one of the great things about being a photographer. Sometimes it is our job to show off a product, other times …

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San Vito lo Capo Sicily Climbing

Sicily it seems, is not just for the Mafia anymore. Who would have thought that this island would be home to a utopia like world class sport climbing destination perched above the azzure Mediterranean waters? Compared to other European mainland sport climbing venues, San Vito lo Capo stands out for many reasons. It is dirt cheap. The food is some …

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Photographing Climbing in Norway and Sicily

Climbing Photoshoots Within 12 days of one another, we had two very different climbing photoshoots. The first was ice climbing with Kurt Astner, one of the world’s best ice climbers. This assignment had us go to Norway’s Lyngen Alps to shoot for W.L. Gore and their new Gore-Tex material, ProShell. After Norway we headed home, jumped in the car, and …

PatitucciPhoto Outdoor Industry Photography

Recent Clips It is always rewarding to see prominent uses of our work, these are two fun examples. Above is an image we made last fall while visiting the US with Italian friend Kurt Astner. Our two month long climbing road trip was meant to take us back to our roots shooting the same subject matter that was our intro to the …

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Training with Ueli Steck

Ueli Steck winter running

I have watched the Sender film The Swiss Machine numerous times – and still the goosebumps come. Seeing Ueli Steck speed soloing the North Wall of the Eiger is something sublime. For those not familiar with this, a quick summary: Ueli Steck, alone, climbed the North Wall of the Eiger in 2:47 minutes. This is something along the lines of …

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Photographing Climbing Zion National Park Moonlight Buttress

Kurt Astner climbing Moonlight Buttress The last six weeks has been full of traveling, visiting friends, climbing, and of course shooting it all for both work and fun. But now, life on the road is a wrap. Swapping a car full of climbing gear for a tiny backpack, sandals, and simple camera set up, we are now bound for Vietnam …

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Climbing Road Trip Photos

10 years later, nothing much has changed. While 2000 was spent living in a VW Westfalia, connecting the dots that are climbing areas in the Western US and shooting photos that would be the foundation of our mountain sport photography business – 2010 is little different. While a Subaru has replaced a VW, and seeking dial up has been eliminated …

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The American Climbing Road Trip

Last spring I made the conscious decision to not let the bike rule my year. Meaning, I did not want to focus on racing a road bike and all the time required to train – I wanted to let my year flow, do whatever sounded good at the time, travel to different places, do a little of everything, and especially …

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Photographing Climbing in the Italian Dolomites

My connection to the climbing world is strong and influential to where I am today. In the fall of 1987 I went climbing for the first time, by winter I was obsessed. A short time later I picked up a camera to begin photographing this image rich sport, then in 1998 I became a fulltime, professional photographer shooting primarily climbing. As …

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Kurt Astner Climbing Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Dolomites Climbing: Pressknödel & Super Erectissima The Dolomites Tre Cime di Lavaredo are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful settings in what are arguably the world’s most beautiful mountains. The north faces of these towering walls are home to world famous steep rock climbing, rich in history and tradition. Professional Italian climber and UIAGM Mountain Guide Kurt Astner has been …

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Jack Wolfskin Winter Catalog Photoshoot

Even after 12 years of seeing our work published, it is always exciting to see a big job in print, especially when it looks its best thanks to great design. This last week we received the Jack Wolfskin 2011 winter catalog, at nearly 2cm thick it is probably the biggest catalog in the outdoor industry. Jack Wolfskin is an enormous high …

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Climbing in Paklenica National Park Croatia

Visiting Croatia? Stable weather, friendly locals, good food, inexpensive, easy access, Mediterranean swimming, flawless limestone – lots of bolts, abundant routes, huts… this is Croatia’s Paklenica National Park. A little piece of heaven. Yet while most European climbing destinations are somewhat packed, Paklenica is like a step into the past, mellow and relaxed. Imagine taking part in the Italian film …

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No Photos, just Words

Twenty years ago I did little more than climb; sport climb, trad climb and alpine climb. Like so many other climbers of my generation, Peter Croft was a hero. He was also, and still is, a friend. I vividly remember one morning we spent having coffee together at my house, he was telling me all about a morning he hiked …

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Learning from Loss

The loss of friends carries a message. Death has the ability to teach us to live. In the last months I have seen death in the mountains. I have been both witness to it as well as removed, watching from afar as its effect sweeps through a community of friends and family. I have sifted through others thoughtful words after …

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Coming Full Circle

In yesterday’s Blog entry I said that in the fall we often take stock of our lives. After I wrote this I had my own little back to the past encounter triggered by the discovery that I am on the cover of the 2009 Patagonia Calendar.My trip down memory lane took me to 1987. Fresh out of high school and …

The Piz Bernina : Biancograt

Sometimes the photo end of our lives do not always play out as we would like. Thankfully, what we shoot is also exactly what we want to be doing, so either way, photos or no photos, we enjoy what we do. And so we went to Switzerland’s Piz Bernina, the easternmost 4000 meter peak in the Alps which is home …

Climbing Photography: Back to my Roots

I noticed I posted just 3 Blog entries in June – this is a sign of the season – BUSY. But! I am off to a good start on July 2… Kurt Astner called to see if I would be available to shoot some photos of him on a route he recently freed. A famous old route on one of …

Climbing Photography

My Roots rediscovered I noticed I posted just 3 Blog entries in June – this is a sign of the season – BUSY. But! I am off to a good start on July 2… Kurt Astner called to see if I would be available to shoot some climbing photos of him on a route he recently freed. A famous old …