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The Pill Magazine 45

Let’s celebrate with an exclusive cover of Federico Epis the 100th anniversary of Millet’s foundation “A family story, a mountain story.”


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by Davide Fioraso


I had promised myself to not ever mention terms such as “pandemic” and “Covid19”. But the current emergency is continuing to affect our existence and our way of living outdoor life. In April 2020, when we could not imagine the actual scenario, an article appeared on Time with a blunt title: “Want to stop the next pandemic? Start protecting wildlife habitats.” It was a direct reference to a well known and established chain: consumer demand – deforestation – loss of wild habitat – increased human contact with animal disease reservoirs – zoonoses – epidemic.

Nearly half of the diseases that have passed from animals to humans after 1940 can be traced to changes in land use, such as deforestation or intensive agriculture. SARS, Ebola, West Nile, Lyme, Zika, MERS are but single symptoms of a general ecological dysfunction created by men. The assault on ecosystems that allowed Covid19 to proliferate went far beyond the merchants who hunted and sold rare wildlife.

Given the dependence of so many sectors of human society on nature and ecosystems, recovery plans that focus on a transition to biodiversity-friendly economies are bound to create less risky living conditions. Last spring, at the Global Biodiversity Festival, Marco Lambertini, general director of WWF, clearly summarized the necessary actions: “Stabilizing climate and the loss of biodiversity to live in harmony with nature should be the number one priority”. This will require a sea change in the way of thinking. With 44 trillion dollars of economic value dependent on nature, half of the world GDP, Lambertini foresees a cultural revolution that puts at the center the idea that nature is not only beautiful, but indispensable.

Scientists agree that there is only one way forward: to stop this loss. A lofty goal that will require the participation not only of governments, but of the 7 billion people on earth, to exploit the will induced by the pandemic to improve our performance in protecting biodiversity. If the effort goes global, it is bound to reduce the probability of more serious epidemics. Given the current political contexts, and the orthodoxy of an über alles economy, however, even direct threats to human existence offer only fleeting and irritable calls for collective action. We can only hold our breath.

From Optice to CSO

Optice is a scientific project to study snow and ice dust and crystals to understand climate change. CSO instead aims to create a worldwide database of snow depth data in which all mountain lovers can contribute.


We the Power

We are surrounded by energy, but have we ever wondered where it comes from? Energy communities produce and consume energy in a sustainable and ethical way, and that is exactly what we need to face one of the infinite aspects of climate crisis.


Aosta E-dventure 

Loose, flowing turns after loose, flowing turns, through untouched evergreen forests, on a ribbon of sandy loam. The Aosta Valley becomes the stage of a cycling adventure to discover mountains, refugees and all that this area has to offer.


Bally Peak Outlook’s 8X8000M Expedition 

Bally Peak Outlook’s 8X8000M expedition recently cleared four peaks of the Himalayas rom litter, while paying homage to local communities through a series of documentaries. The core of the expedition has been the base camps, victims of the greatest pollution.


Wild Women Running

A simple run between 3 friends has now become an all-female community with more than 600 members. The goal is to increase confidence in women’s ability and push them to face challenges both on the trails and in personal life without fear.


Hannes Namberger 

Hannes Namberger is 31 and loves running in the mountains. From the south of Germany, on the border with Austria, he has always had the perfect playground outside his doorstep to practice some of the activities he loves: trail running, mountain biking, ski mountaineering.


Peter Moser Aurai 

South Tyrolean roots written in his surname, a son of art of the mountains, a self-taught person. Peter Moser is a wild and pure spirit. An authentic person, a force of nature who experiences the mountains as a journey of exploration of the soul and unspoiled nature.


Il Sentiero del Viandante 

A trail that winds along the eastern shore of Lake Lecco, the best way to catch the first symptoms of nature’s rebirth. The trail also allows you to have a clear view of the Larian flora and the delicacies and first fruits that the season brings with it.


Can you hear me? 

Last August 2020 Simon Gietl fulfilled a dream: completing the ascent of the route called “Can you hear me” on the west face of the steep Cima Scotoni. Two years of preparation and numerous attempts finally led him to fulfill the promise made to his friend Gerry Fiegl.

Don’t stop me now 

She set the new female 24-hour uphill ski record. Last March Martina Valmassoi climbed non-stop 17,645 metres and skied down the same hill of Monte Agudo, in Auronzo di Cadore, signing a new record right on her home mountains.


Braille Mountain Initiative by Tyson Rettie 

Before becoming blind Tyson Rettie was a Canadian Mountain Guide, helicopter rescuer and avalanche professional. His life has changed in many ways, except one: he has never stopped practicing ski mountaineering and climbing mountains.



Six Italians, on skis, across the Deosai plateau, in Pakistan, for the first time in winter. The aim is to open the doors to new tourist frontiers, creating jobs and seasonally adjusting the attendance of the Pakistani valleys.



“Woodvivors – L’Italia a passo di mulo” is a project born in 2016 from an idea of Francesco Lanzino. The 2500km long adventure would like to tell the rural world and its struggle for survival, collecting testimonies from those who led a simple life but full of sacrifices and limitations.


Leave the kids alone. In nature. 

A sudden lockdown in Livigno that turns into a lesson for living beings of all ages, for children, adults and even more parents. By immersing yourself into the environment and nature you will learn to observe rather than superficially look.


Trail is freedom, trail is power. And it’s for everyone. 

Najla, Timothy and Francesco are three athletes with different features and backgrounds, but united by one great passion: trail running seen as a discipline open to all, a way to share an experience and transform the surrounding environment into your own playground.

Eva Toschi 

Eva Toschi’s whole life has been revolving around one summit: the mountain. She left the city to explore the Alps in a van, climb, ski, run as much as possible. Now she lives in a hut and when she is not around, she sits in front of a keyboard and writes about all the things she loves.


Cesare Maestri 

An engineer immersed in the Brenta Dolomites with a great dedication to mountain running. A great commitment as an engineer and as a person to the environment and the desire to convey what he is passionate about. Cesare Maestri tells us about his trails and his thoughts.


Millet 100 years 

Millet’s story is first and foremost a family story and in 2021 it celebrates its first centenary. 100 years of love for the mountains and commitment to safeguarding them. 100 years spent encouraging each of us to overcome ourselves, without ever giving up.


All in 

Considered the Squaw Valley of Italy, Varese is nowadays one of the hottest Italian areas for running and trail running. There is excitement, there are the right features and there are trails. Manuel Crapelli, the local reference of this group of runners, tells us about it.


Yari Ghidone – Bisogno di libertà 

Yari Ghidone is a modern nomad. He is hungry for real, natural, primordial things. He lives outside social conventions, far from those metropolises and contemporary prisons where bourgeois conformism becomes a single thought, an ontology of homologation.


The Finishers: a talk with Alexis Berg 

What does it take to finish the world famous Barkley Marathons? Who are the ones who made it? What did they understand or what did they have more than others? The Finishers, the new book by photographer Alexis Berg, tells the story of those few who have succeeded.

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