Skiing the Dolomites Sellaronda

It’s not every ski destination that offers the lift skier a tour. Typically, the alpine skier locks in and proceeds to yo-yo an area. All good, but imagine moving from point A to point B during the yo-yo process. In the Dolomites it is very much possible to lock in, drop in, and travel. Dolomiti Superski Thanks to the Dolomites extensive …

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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PatitucciPhoto Fall News

I set out to write this shocked that summer is finished. When did it start? The last months are a blur. Since our last News post, we’ve shot a heavier assignment workload than is normal for us and moved from the Italian Dolomites to our new home in Interlaken, Switzerland. We’ve only been settled in a couple of weeks but …

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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 …

2012 Dolomites Giro d’Italia

In 2007 I came to the Dolomites to ride my bike. I wanted to live a dream; to train and race in Italy. For four months I pedaled around, came to know most all the roads and passes, and made a lot of great friends. On the last day’s ride, I distinctly remember the moment I realized I had to …

Runner’s World Holland Cover

No matter how many times I get an email with the line, “We’d like to use the attached image as… in our…”, I anxiously scroll down to see what image has been chosen. In our case, it isn’t “just” a photo, it’s a piece of our lives, a memory that is going to be shared and used to hopefully inspire …

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UNESCO Dolomites and Motorcycles

The Problem of Too Many Motorcycles in the Dolomites (Note 12/19/11 : Thanks to so much great support, this post is getting a ton of traffic, BUT – having views means nothing if we are going to show it to the powers that can do something about this problem, PLEASE – Leave a comment) Update April 28, 2012. Each of …

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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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Trail Runner Cover June 2011

  Dolomites Trail Running We are excited to once again have the cover of the June 2011 issue of Trail Runner Magazine. This is our eleventh cover for Trail Runner. The image was made in the summer of 2009 when we ran the Dolomite’s Alta Via 1 in four days. The image features our great friends Patrizia Taibon and Gabe …

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Paved Magazine Dolomites Cycling

With this clip of recently published work comes an announcement for an exciting new high end road biking publication for America – Paved Magazine. From the publishers of Powder and Bike, and with acclaimed photo editor Dave Reddick at the helm, Paved is going to provide roadies with some quality content much needed in print form. Look for Paved on …

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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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Mountain Biking in the Dolomites Val Gardena

Dolomites Mountain Biking Italy’s Val Gardena, or Gröden in German, is one of Italy’s most famous ski destinations. But it is certainly not just for skiing, and it is only Italy by location – for this is a special valley where the look & feel is much closer to its more Germanic northern neighbors. Here, the Dolomiti are the Dolomiten – …

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Fun Photos vs. Work Photos

The last couple of weeks have been a flurry of activity here in the Italian Dolomites, both personal and work. We have had a number of assignments around which we have spent time doing our own thing at the usual frantic summer pace; mountain running and cycling. All our images get downloaded into a computer to an incoming folder, and from …

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Best of Dolomites Photography

After three full years making photos and playing in the Italian Dolomites, we realized we have a visual archive that goes deep with memories and experiences. As professional photographers, we want to present the Dolomites in one gallery, sixteen of our biggest and best images that truly reveal what the Dolomites have to offer. Many of these images have already …

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Maratona dles Dolomites Race Advice

In 2007 I did my first Maratona dles Dolomites. It was, without a doubt, one of the most rewarding days I have ever had in a competition. To stand on a Granfondo starting line with over 8000 other cyclists, at sunrise in one of the world’s most spectacular settings, with a massive day of riding ahead – and to feel …

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2010 Giro d’Italia Plan de Corones Time Trial

As a professional photographer and athlete, the thing I love to see above all else is effort; 100%, focused, passionate, effort. So for Janine and I to shoot the 2010 Giro d’Italia’s absurdly steep Plan de Corones uphill time trial in the Dolomites was pure joy. With sections as steep as 24%, gravel roads, and a pink jersey at stake, …

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Italian Dolomites Backcountry Ski Shoot

Ongoing winter weather in California forced us to cancel a commercial ski shoot in the Sierra Nevada and move it to the Italian Dolomites. Here, the weather was with us and we had quite possibly one of our best overall two day shoots. For Janine and I, it was our favorite style of producing photos. The client knows us and …

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Italian Dolomite Bike Hotels

Cyclists… Now admit it, you want to feel like a European based pro. You want to ride those perfect, twisting switchbacked climbs, descend amongst towering walls, and fly through villages on cobbled lanes. When your ride is over, you want to pull into a luxury hotel, park your bike in a work room, march into the hotel, grab a fresh …

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Mountain Hut Culture

Mountain Huts and the European Mountain Culture Undoubtedly, one of the greatest pleasures of living in the European mountains is the huts. Anyone that follows this site, or our Twitter feed, has seen a trend; the use of huts and all the amazing experiences that they allow. I am still not so sure Americans understand the concept. From people seeking …