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The Pill Magazine 43

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Cover in collaboration with SCARPA, in homage to the feat accomplished by Nirmal Purja (and his crew): the conquest of K2 in winter.


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by Davide Fioraso


We’ve finally made it to 2021. What now?


Without any doubt, 2020 has been a difficult, complicated year. An extraordinarily challenging year that we will remember for a lifetime. And that, frankly, we couldn’t wait to leave behind.

Now, that 2021 has arrived, our lives hasn’t really changed that much compared to a few months ago. After all, as physics, philosophy and science teach us, time is only a relative concept. Yet this parameter that we use to conceive and measure the passing of events can be something powerful. By analyzing a series of cadences on our lifestyle, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered how commitments to pursue new goals (or make positive change happen) increase after time reference points, such as the beginning of a new year, the start of a new term or a new month. Think about it: how many times have we said “in January I’ll start the gym again”. These benchmarks, the researchers write, “are the beginning of new periods of mental accounting that help relegate past imperfections and gain a new overview of our life, motivating aspirations.” In short, the effect of a new beginning. Thinking of 2021 as a new start has helped us to get a motivational boost.

Of course, we could not expect a magical resolution of every problems, yet, as only a crisis can do, the pandemic has opened up the possibility of systemic change: habits, relationships, work, management of space and time. To capitalize on this energy, it is worth reflecting on the positive practices we have developed in 2020 and that we can bring into this new year. A great example is given by Sigal Samuel in an article on Vox, citing eight habits that readers said they wanted to keep: buying fewer things, favoring responsible actions and consumption, slowing down and putting less pressure on themselves, giving priority to family and friends, daily training, regularly cooking and gardening, working from home and spending more time in nature. No way we are suggesting that 2020 was a year to be taken as an example. But why not save whatever good it has brought?


Let’s think about it. What bad habits have you avoided during these difficult times? And what good habits did you start? How have your priorities changed? Will you be able to continue to support these changes, even if the world around you seems to slowly return to normal?


These 8 habits, bring back to mind what Jon Kabat-Zinn, an American biologist and writer, calls voluntary simplicity: going fewer places in one day rather than more, seeing, doing, acquiring less in order to have more. Kabat-Zinn is a realist and recognizes the limitations most of us face to live this way. The rent to pay or the children to feed are real needs, not a switch that can be turned off. “You don’t get to control it all” he writes “but choosing simplicity whenever possible adds to life an element of deepest freedom which so easily eludes us, and many opportunities to discover that less may actually be more.”


2020 has been characterized by a remarkable involuntary simplicity. It is up to us, given the possibility, to convert that into voluntary actions and aspects of our life that we have experienced. The effect of a new beginning can be something powerful and na incentive to support change.

The fragility of nature 

The glacier is covered by something that looks like a towel. It should protect him. Help him, before melting too fast and prevent him from irreparable damage. This should make us all think about how to proceed. What future do we shape for our children?


Simon Messner 

He calls himself a “laggard”. But when Simon says he’s late he refers to his love for climbing. At 16, however, he discovers mountaineering and the situation changes quickly. Climbing is now a natural action for him.


Purple & Green

Compromise is a beautiful invention that we can no longer do without. It grants our conscience a little more freedom of movement because, in the end, whatever action we take it deletes another one and even good choices can have negative consequences.


Start over to not rebuild

On the night between December 5th and 6th, a big avalanche overwhelmed and destroyed the Pian dei Fiacconi hut owned by Guido Trevisan. But he doesn’t want to just rebuild his hut. He would like Marmolada to be truly the Queen of the Dolomites.


Few Lines

“Skiing is like dancing, it has its own rhythm that flows continuously, it creates indistinguishable yet precise lines, you just have to find your way to perceive it.” Lines and more or less perfect semicircles that express the flow that we try to understand so much.

Dolomitiche 2.020

“Open the door and go” is a mantra that reminds us that everything we need is out there, even during a time when moving was and still is dangerous. DoloMITICHE was born with the aim of revealing a small part of that “outdoor museum” that are the Dolomites.


Zermatt to Verbier

From Zermatt to Verbier following in the tracks of the mythic “Patrouille des Glaciers” race, across the high alpine traverse linking the two cities. Along the way, this team of freeriders skied some of the most impressive peaks in the Alps.


The last winter challenge 

They waited for each others a few meters below the summit in order to be all together and go on as a team towards the highest point. They took the last steps while singing the Nepalese national anthem, celebrating the moment together as the sunset surrounded them.


Nirmal Purja

Former member of the United Kingdom special forces, Nirmal Purja is the high altitude record man. Among the 10 mountaineers who conquered the winter K2, Nirmal is the only one who climbed without the use of supplemental oxygen.


Point of no return

Italo Tendesane, incredible curriculum and humble personality, he doesn’t even define himself as a real climber. Instead it’s funny how today it’s enough to buy a vintage backpack with a “The mountains are calling” patch to proclaim ourselves great explorers.


Rediscovering Liguria

The winter between 2020 and 2021 will be remembered for a series of snowfalls that has transformed the landscape, giving it a Norwegian mood. One way to start over from a greater awareness of the hidden beauties in the territories we inhabit.

The North Face x Gucci

The most awaited collab and the one that everyone is talking about in this season. What we are facing is a hymn to extreme and vibrant courage, the result of intense experimentation, the result of an aesthetic and conceptual fusion.


Omar Di Felice – Kidnapped by the cold

He loves cycling in the cold, pushing himself to the limit with freezing temperatures while exploring new and unusual territories. After a short professional career, Omar Di Felice has chosen to devote himself to something even more extreme, ultracycling.


Paolo Marazzi: when passion becomes obsession

A very overhanging yellow wall with cubed rocks. Drink, cliff, fuck, repeat is the new route opened by Paolo Marazzi. Because even in their home mountains, those who live mountaineering as a lifestyle can get a lot of satisfactions.


Will Gadd’s Neverland

Mountaineer, climber, mountain guide. In 2020 he went back to Kilimanjaro but in front of him he found a completely changed mountain. We are losing the fight against global warming, but maybe there’s still something we can do to reverse the trend.

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