Cling to the Italian Alps in This Prefabricated Shelter

Architects Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo have designed a spectacular bivouac shelter that now clings at an altitude of 3,290 meters in the Italian Alps. Produced in collaboration with LEAPfactory, the structure comes complete with storage for mountaineering equipment, a table for eight and an area for food preparation. Further, there’s a separate sleeping area that can also accommodate eight. It was dropped into place by helicopter and …

Training for the New Alpinism

An athletic approach to improving physical and mental toughness on the mountain

Clinging to a precious step of granite, ice axes in hand, with the next rest 12 meters up, the only regret you’ll have as a climber is the training you passed up. Each centimeter gained vertically is a triumph as the lactic acid builds and pulses quicken. It takes feeling that deep fatiguewhen your strength (physical and mental) is all that’s leftto realize the importance …

Alpine Climbing with Patagonia

Putting the brand's latest and upcoming athlete-driven gear to the test in the Alps with a team of legendary climbers

At 12,000 feet above sea level, with a cold wind perpetually whipping and the alpine sun intensified by the reflective snowfields below, the old adage “the clothes don’t make the man (or rather, person)” couldn’t be less true. Technical, carefully designed clothing and accessories won’t get you up or down the mountain but without them, you certainly won’t get far. A wet base layer, a …