My Passions

The mountain: I love it and I live it at 360° as soon as I have the possibility. I choose the sport to practice depending on the season, the location and if I am alone or in company. I always respect all the safety rules and, most of all, my dear friend: the mountain.

In winter, I often practice cross-country ski in the Alps. It is a good way to prepare the upcoming season of trail-running and, nowadays, it is still an important sport for me.

ITA – Rhemes Valley in Aosta Valley, March 2012.
Photo by E. Reynier.

Between 2012 and 2015, I attended several races of snow-running shoes and simply snow running. At that time, it was a huge portion of my preparation for the first trail-running events in spring. In the last years, due to the injuries at my ankles and to the new location in Germany, I dramatically reduced my participation to these types of competitions. However, I still like simply walking with my snowshoes as soon as I am near Val Ferret or Fontainemore, both in Aosta Valley (ITA).

ITA – Ciaspaltissima up to top of Marmolada (3343m) in Veneto, March 2014. Photo by S. De Filippo.

Hiking and mountain-bike are constantly present, independently in which country I am, the location and the season.

ITA – Rifugio Elena (2061m) in Val Ferret, Aosta Valley, May 2014.
ITA – Lago Chamole´(2325m), Aosta Valley, October 2019. Photo by A.C. Thel.

Mountain climbing (“Alpinismo” and “Appeninismo”) and via-ferrata are necessarily depending on the country and the region where I am. But they still are a high percentage of my time in summer seasons.

ITA – Gran Sasso d´Italia (2912 m) in Abruzzo, August 2014. Photo by A. Perrone.
ITA – Ferrata di Caprie in Piemonte, April 2016.
Photo by M. Brero.
ITA – Breithorn Occidentale (4165 m), Aosta Valley, August 2018.

Trail-running represents eventually my favorite sport to enjoy the time in the mountains.

ITA – Mountains over Pila (2500-2800m), Aosta Valley.

The running: I like it but the simple gesture of running cannot bring the emotions that come to me when I am in mountains for hours and hours. Therefore, it will always have a second place among my passions. In any case, without doubts, it is a pleasant part of my days and a useful regeneration practice, after stressful days at work.

Compared to the years in Italy, I spend more time for running since I am in Germany. The monthly hours spent on athletics tracks, on asphalt road and on “tapis-roulant” increased exponentially. For this reason, as part of my weekly trainings, time to time I also register for short run, between 5 and 10 km.

GER – Midsommerlauf (5.7 km) in Wiesbaden, June 2019. Photo by D. Dillmann.

In December 2018, I also attended my first official “standard” marathon and in 2019 I attended my first official “standard” half-marathon [“Standard”= on asphalt road without too much elevation gain]. It sounds strange to say for a person who had already three races above 100 km before his first marathon. Nevertheless, that´s the truth.

ITA – Marathon (42.2 km) in Reggio Emilia, December 2018.

In the end, honestly, even if I would prefer long walks in the Alps, all this running certainly helped me to find the pace that dated back four/five years ago. Moreover, it is always a good way to meet new friends. Therefore, I will keep going with my usual motto “run & fun”.

GER – Half Marathon (21.1 km), Offenbach am Main, October 2019. Photo by A.C. Thel

The geography/the maps: the origin of this passion is certainly the period when as a child we spent hours in the car to travel from south to north to visit my mother´s relatives. And I spent those hours moving my eyes continuously outside the window towards the mountains (first the Appennini, then the Alps) and few minutes later on the heavy street map book, in order to connect what my eyes saw with the name of the mountain or the town written into those pages. I kept this passion all my life and despite the possibility to use very efficient Apps, I still like to have these maps with me.

The data analysis and the research: this is the passion that bring me to spend several hours studying data, statistics and deepen with further research, covering several topics. One of my favourite is the research aiming to reduce atmospheric pollution, which is an important part of my daily life for about 15 years now.

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