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 …

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 …

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Sardinia: Selvaggio Blu Trip Report

Touted as Italy’s most remote hike, the Selvaggio Blu on the island of Sardinia repeatedly came recommended. Finally, Nicholas over at Planet Mountain advised me to have a look at Marcello Cominetti’s Guide Star Mountain Site for photos, I did so, and was sold. I contacted our great friend and prolific writer, Tim Neville, we discussed it, pitched the story …

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PatitucciPhoto’s Photos

A few days ago, I rode my mountain bike alone up a 2 hour climb to the top of a peak in the Italian Dolomites. Once on top, I found myself all alone with a light rain falling. As I looked out to the view of the range while putting on all the clothes I had in preparation for the …

The Greatest Athlete Ever?

The New York Times has a point-counterpoint article debating who may be the best athlete ever. Who comes to mind?If it is Michael Jordan, Roger Federer or Lance Armstrong, you are not correct. According to the NY Times, it just may be Tiger Woods. Yes, this obviously annoys me. Sigh…The debate regarding the credibility of golf as a sport is …

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Use your words Dan

The barking would not stop, it only grew in intensity, ranging from urgent to frantic. I decided to go investigate. Toni and Marianna, our wonderful neighbors, have this little dog Bulma. We occasionally take Bulma for a run during the day, so we have a key to their house. I went over, unlocked the door and before I could even …

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Mama Mia, it’s Mother’s Day

To me dear old Mum, This Blog was originally intended for you. Actually, it was intended to keep the cost of International calls down by posting my messages for you at my leisure. Somehow it blossomed. Nevertheless, here is your Mother’s Day Blog even though it sounds a bit ridiculous. And for the other 200 of you that average reading …

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Ticking items off the life list

Tonight I am standing in the kitchen, cleaning tiny octopus, mincing garlic & onions and sipping on a local white wine. Toni and Marianna are coming for dinner, the theme; seafood.For someone interested in cooking, the ingredients here in Italy are like a fine set of tools.I love to cook, and I really love to eat.As the second glass of …

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Rhythm

Passo delle Erbe My speed picks up, what was a casual, settled pace becomes frenetic. I’m entering a different place, the road is narrowing, more defined, soon it’s just a path lined with green, lush life. Still I climb, as I have been doing for so long, but suddenly it becomes purposeful, not for the top but for the feelings. …

Work & Play

I unlock and swing the door open just in time. My backpack, skis, poles, boots, groceries, mail and travel bag all crash to the floor in one pile.Home!The better part of one month has been spent living in mountain huts in Italy, Austria and Switzerland with little privacy, earplugs in, smelly blankets and dealing with certain nationalities more prone to …

Our favorite photographer : Paul Liebhardt

It seems an eternity since I sat in a classroom at the Brooks Institute of Photography, especially since that first day in BA1 with Professor Paul Liebhardt. I was there to study photography but what I walked away with after only a few months with Paul was a wife, business partner, new life and the start of a career as …