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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 had already put me on the path I am still on today. With the exception …

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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 summer in the Alps and going climbing with friends. Today I joined in on the fun, …

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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 tucked away in the Catalonian country side. “Tiny” was spot on. There are no stores, cafes, …

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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 our own trip to Kalymnos in late October, we started considering a detour to the …

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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 Greeks themselves – the ideal hosts to the thousands of visiting climbers from all over …

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 Oberland, the more we wonder – why leave? This, combined with being very motivated to …