Friday, 30 May 2008
Thursday, 29 May 2008
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Sunday, 25 May 2008
Friday, 23 May 2008
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Monday, 19 May 2008
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Friday, 16 May 2008
Thursday, 15 May 2008
I love this picture: Dolomites, july 2007. Last problem of the trip, it was raining, but Eric had seen it the pevious day, and despite getting lost 34 times searching for it, he finally found it (it was 3 meters from the path) and we had probably the best climbing moments of the trip. Because it was unexpected, not planned, an improvisation pulled out of the hat on the way to the cars. The lesson was: let it go.
I love this piscture because it represents what I love most in my life: the feeling of sharing something so deeply with a friend. I really miss that smile, now: the fucker is pulling down in USA and can't come, and to be honest I don't see many (or any...) smiles like that when I'm out bouldering. Where's the happiness gone, you all? I always search for that smile to appear on my face as well, and while it often does, because I love climbing, I would really like to see it reflected on others' faces.
Eric's comment on my last post made me think alot. He is right, I have to get rid of the bullshit. I mean, why should my move to the sea be a failure? Why do I feel so anxious? I know alot of people who would pay to be in my shoes (maybe not in my size 40 Dragons). Ok, I'm not that fan of the working life, but it seems like few people can live without working. I am going to live in a place that's ten minutes walking from the beach, and meanwhile I will be 30 minutes away from the boulders. Moreover, I will also be midway to another two new bouldering areas I love. So why am I so scared? Probably because I don't know how the work will go, and if I will be able to train as I like. Then I think: past winter I was working until 7 30 pm, and I used to get to the gym never before 8 pm. If I have trained that hard, I think I can train hard also this summer.
The lesson is: get rid of the bullshit.
Finally, earning some money can't be that bad. Maybe it will give me the opportunity to go to places I haven't seen because I couldn't afford the trip, like, let's say, Hawaii; or to meet someone I haven't seen in a while, like, let's say, Eric; or to spend more time in places I loved, like, let's say, Font and UK; or even to make my g/f less concerned about her University taxes.
The lesson is: do it for them, do it for her, do it for yourself.
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Friday, 9 May 2008
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
I feel quite good lately, not so strong but very sexy.
Monday, 5 May 2008
So, here you go MUTHERFUCKERS, have fun with this post:
OSAMA BIN LADEN, THE POPE, GEORGE W. BUSH, TERRORISM, HOME MADE EXPLOSIVES, ANAL SEX, PROSTITUTION EXPLOITMENT, PEDOPORNOGRAPHY, SLAVERY TRADE, ORGANS TRADE, BOMBINGS, HEBRAISM, HOLOCAUST, NEONAZIS, BENEDICTUS XVI, WALL STREET CRASH, STOCKS FRAUDS, INFLATION, FIDEL CASTRO, CRIMES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, FREE TIBET, STASI, IRANGATE, LIBERTY IN CHINA, COMMUNISM, LADY D KILLING, U.S. NAVY HOMOSEXUALITY, ALDO MORO KIDNAPPING, USTICA CRASH, ITALIAN PARLIAMENT MAFIA, BERLUSCONI, IMMIGRANTS, RACISM.
Goin' boulderin' tomorrow, bitches.
Sunday, 4 May 2008
Saturday, 3 May 2008
Thursday, 1 May 2008
One of reasons, or perhaps the most important reason I wanted to go North, was that I'd been closer to Ticino. I had this picture of climbing in Cresciano or Chironico every weekend, and it was a beautiful picture of myself ticking away 8a's barechested in the snow. Then I realized that being closer meant being still 250 km away. If I look back, I don't usually drive three hours to go bouldering every weekend, and then three hours to sleep in my bed. So I had to reconsider this aspect...
Also, considering how much work hours take of our days and minds, not being satisfied at work, and not working in a place and with people you like, is a very good way to spoil your climbing days as well. I clearly remember when I was working in the bank: on sunday evenings, driving home from the boulders, I used to get so depressed, thinking about another week of office life coming, that I used to lose all the joy of the climbing day.
Last but not least: training facilities.
I should say last and first.
There's nothing South, to train. There were gyms North. So what?
Nothing special, I will have to find a cheap place and build a wall. Gone are the days of showing off in a crowded gym, amongst admiring boys and girls. This is time for the Dark Days to resurrect. Only anger and frustration will lead to more and more gains in terms of power, and in term of iron will and psyche to train. It's too easy to lose focus in the gym, to talk your session away, to get sucked into your friends' problems just to burn them off (as if could do it...). As history demonstrated, in the persons of Malcolm Smith and John Gaskins, being isolated and with no comparisons can really be a great thing, because you lose every objective parameter and YOU FINALLY BECOME YOUR ONLY AND TRUE PARAMETER: you and your will.
Our imagination's possibilities are endless. Sometimes they can be hindered by others. Sometimes our judgement and our will can be fooled by our EGO. Being the strongest of the gym, being the strongest of the city (unless it's Sheffield), being the strongest of the region, are simple, trivial goals, because they are objective, and they will necessary lead, when obtained, to stall and self indulgence. Of course I am exaggerating, but I'm only trying to make my theory clear: to always progress you have to dream, you have to desire. To dream and to desire you have to LACK. To always lack something you have to be on your own, you have to be frustrated, angry, proud, cold and tired. And still going on, going on to try and stay close to your mind's endless possibilities, regardless of how hard reality bites.
So, now, I am scared by what I wrote. Will I be capable of honouring this? I don't know. If I will not, it will be fine. If I will be, it will be even better, if I won't try, it will be the only failure.