Weather seems very snowy in all the country. An atypical snowstorm hit the South and made me postpone the first trip of the season. Unfortunetely, even the next week doesn't promise the friction I wished. While waiting for some more decent days, I keep myself psyched doing funny stuff at the Run Out climbing gym! This was one of the projects from the past week! 😀 @adidasoutdoor @lasportivagram @flathold #livewithoutlimits #bouldering #gymclimbing #training
I was almost forgetting how great it feels to stand on the top of a boulder! What made this feeling even more special was the problem itself: @fred_nicole "Hineruage" (aka Deep Red), a seldom repeated line which has always been surrounded by a mystery halo! 😀 @adidasoutdoor @lasportivagram @flathold #bouldering #rockclimbing #outdoors #livewithoutlimits
Recovery is often a very slow process, with lot of ups and downs. Many parts are involved into this game like mental strength, constancy, motivation and trust. My elbow feels better day after day, week after week. Looking backward, I feel surprised about the improvements I have got since August. The road is still quite long, but I am sure it’s shorter and easier than months ago. All the hours of exercises and stretching are slowly killing the pain. Moreover, the first touch of winter is coming. Days are colder and drier and I can’t wait to be out again to touch some immaculate rock like this one in the picture! 📷 @triebelsphotography @adidasoutdoor @lasportivagram @flathold #livewithoutlimits #bouldering #rockclimbing #recovery
The last month has been very crucial for my elbow. I had three weeks of training and one week off. I could understand my injury much better than in the past and I still have a lot to learn about this recovery process. Elbow injury is very weird: most of the time it is frustrating, while other times it gives you motivation to keep improving and heal. I tried to analyze all the details while I was training, by seeing what is okay doing and what feels dangerous. With a consistent routine of specific elbow excercises and ice, I could work on some skills and not be bothered. The sort of things I can do now is actually limited, but it's certaintly better than nothing. For example I can't do pull ups or rock climbing, but I feel safe climbing at the gym or hanging on some crimps. Looking at the positive sides seems to be the good way to recover! 😀 Let's see what November can bring! #bouldering #training #recovery @lasportivagram @flathold @adidasoutdoor #livewithoutlimits
During the last 10 days my elbow has got some decent improvements. It is still far from a full recovery, but the pain is lower than in the past months and the annoying feeling is slowly disappearing. Dealing with injuries is always tough, but patience is often the right key to go ahead. The routine is now a good balance between moderate efforts, resting days and proper exercises. Hard to say when it will be over, but I am definitively excited to see further progresses and thinking about the next trips in the future! #bouldering #training #rehabilitation @lasportivagram @flathold @adidasoutdoor
Leaving Melbourne, heading back North! Had great time during these 2 months trip, climbing some very nice problems, putting up a couple of new lines and enjoying the typical ups and downs of this weather! For sure it won't be the last time here in these lands and I will be hopefully back soon or later! It is now time for a summer break and to let the down jacket in the wardrobe for a while! Special thanks to Giulia, @giulia.paoletti.29, to have made this trip doable, to follow me among the thickest bushes or up on the steepest hills and, most important, to have looked after my elbow injury every single day from May till now. Hope for a quick recover during the long and warm Italian Summer!
Last day of good weather here in Australia, so last climbing moments of the trip! Felt totally tired and sore, but I could somehow give a touch of life back to "The Anvil" (V11), a good piece of rock first cleaned by @davekellermann and then put up by @paulrobinson87 almost one year ago! Happy to have grabbed this last souvenir from the sector I have visited most this season! Off to Melbourne in one day!
During the past few days, I had good time working on something far from my climbing style. Some of the lines I wanted to check this season have very tiny crimps, sharp texture and bad incut footholds on slightly overhanging walls. But sometimes, this tricky combo leads to some amazing problems that I simply can't resist. Here in the picture is one of those, "Survival of the Prettiest" (V12), always from @nalle_hukkataival. The photo just doesn't show the real beauty of the boulder: tall, proud and with a logical diagonal sequence of pockets, pinches and cracks all the way to the top! Hope for more climbs like this in the next weeks!
Good bye New Zealand! It has been awesome to meet you, despite the snow of the last week! I had great time with this bizarre weather, with the stunning landscapes of the island and, above all, with one of the weirdest and best climbing style I have ever experienced so far. See you next time! Photo @triebelsphotography #livewithoutlimits #bouldering @adidasoutdoor @lasportivagram @flathold
Climbing the third ascent of the beautiful "Little book of calm" (V12) a while ago in Flock Hill. Winter is now full effect here and the snow is making the things harder in many of the areas. Still 4 days left here in New Zealand, hoping for another day like this one in the picture with sun, cold and dry wind. Photo @triebelsphotography
Another shot from a gorgeous boulder here in New Zealand. Got the first ascent of this old @chris_sharma project, cleaned back in the days and named "King Line" project. Hard to disagree about the name: even if the shape is quite simple, the moves and the holds are surely some of the best around. Here it is the last dynamic move in the middle of the bloc, before getting into the last slab. Such a good moment standing on the top of this! Since I found it totally clean, the name obviously remains the original one :) Photo Tom Hoyle @adidasoutdoor @lasportivagram @flathold #livewithoutlimits #bouldering #rockclimbing #outdoors
I have been thinking about this prow since the first day of the trip, when Stuart carried me around Quantum field, one of the old school sector of the basin. The stunning prow is very visibile, logical and tall with a beautiful and smooth limestone on both sides. I quickly realized it was going to be one of those lines that only counts the holds you really need. I knew the game would have been fun and very technical as for the most part of the other lines in the area. The tall and slopy top out made the whole experience even tougher for me. Every single attempt has been enjoyable, every failure built a solid progress where just a little detail could make a big difference. Yesterday was one of those good moment where all the beauties of bouldering come together in a single, perfect and unforgettable flow. "Biotronic" is the name! @adidasoutdoor @flathold @lasportivagram #bouldering #rockclimbing #livewithoutlimits
Taking the first ascent of an amazing highball today at Flock hill. A powerful slopy-rails intro leads you up into a technical compression arete to finish on a delicate and precarious top out! Lovely problem in a lovely setting. "The Big Show" (V12). @adidasoutdoor @lasportivagram @flathold #livewithoutlimits #bouldering #rockclimbing #newzealand
Achilles Last Stand (V12), one of the classics from Castle Hill. Spent already four days in these beautiful lands; loads of good things to do, most of them very technical and weird to climb. @adidasoutdoor @lasportivagram @flathold #livewithoutlimits #bouldering #rockclimbing #castlehill #newzealand
Castle Hill was definitevely one of the most classic areas I still wanted to visit. It has been on my wish list for several years and it feels great to be here after an epic and long journey. Weather seems to be crazy with up and down as I expected, but we luckly climbed for 2 half days before the rainstroms made our pads fully wet. The climbing style is the most technical I have ever experienced: many times you have bad holds, small footholds and extremely balance depending moves. Can't wait to see more of this amazing place. Photo on the ultra classic "The Joker". @adidasoutdoor @lasportivagram @flathold #livewithoutlimits #bouldering #rockclimbing #outdoors
Crazy how time has flown from March till now. Balacing training and discovering/climbing is a precarious deal and there is never enough time to do both as you would like. Today another season in the valley has been filed and I am honestly glad to have seen several new lines taking life; like usual, some of those went down, while other ones keep remaining nice projects. The list is in fact already busy for the winter chapter and I feel lucky to have bunch of undone problems relatively close to home. This in the picture is one of the three I couldn't grab: an essential, funny and body tension requiring wall! Weather starts now to be warm and it is the right time for a chasing winter! @adidasoutdoor @lasportivagram @flathold #bouldering #rockclimbing #outdoors #livewithoutlimits
I am very happy to announce my new partnership with @adidasoutdoor. I feel excited to join this inspiring and athletic brand of the outdoors world and to collaborate with them. Picture shows me on "Tony's Problem", one of the most aesthetic lines in Ticino. Photo @stefankuerzi #terrex #livewithoutlimits #bouldering #rockclimbing
It has been a month and half since I started this balanced run of training, exploring, cleaning and climbing. It's not simple to keep this flow equally balanced, especially when the agenda is full of boulders to check and training sessions to do. This physical line is a little prize from yesterday, called "Fake Class". It is located in a deep and hidden cave which I found a couple of seasons ago, while I was hiking on the river. The muddy and wet landing make this sector a very gloomy place where to be. Definitily not the most cozy boulder around, but the wild atmosphere is many time a good deal. Still more than 2 weeks of this tricky balance ahead! Photo @andre_zedd @lasportivagram @peterbouldering @flathold #docrock #bouldering #rockclimbing #escalade #outdoors #italy
Weird to say, but months ago I revisited a boulder with bolts. I have always kept away from sport climbing and ropes; but last December I checked this wonderful arete, bolted by a friend of mine back in 2009. I first looked for a bouldering way, but I couldn't see myself climbing on such a tall wall. Maybe for someone, not for me. I hence dropped down, cleaning the holds and miming the hard moves. For the first time, I opted to make an exception and I somehow didn't reject the idea of a sport ascent. For me, climbing with rope and bolts feels definitively frustrating. I can't feel totally free and I somehow can't not express the climbing as it should be according to my vision. Due to the very high quality of the route, I anyway feel to make an exception and give me a chance. Last Saturday, I made my first attempts from the bottom, trying to get a decent mood with rope climbing. Feelings are now a quarrel of love and hate at the same time. I don't know how much longer this precarious balance can keep me excited. Until it goes, I will try to follow it. #bouldering #rockclimbing #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #escalade #outdoors