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The Pill Outdoor Journal 56

The Pill Outdoor Journal 56 is here! On the cover there is Paolo Sartori‘s photo previewing his latest expedition to Africa, up Mount Kenya.

In this issue you’ll read about people who are eager to challenge themselves, explorations in less popularized places, ultra-runs through mountains and deserts, and some of our thoughts on the current climate condition.

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Even if I try hard, I can’t remember the last time I found myself doing nothing. And by nothing I mean nothing at all. Not even starting a compulsive scrolling session, updating the mailbox or listening to a podcast in the background, as if to replicate the pattern of those mothers who leave the TV on just because “hearing a few voices makes a lot of company”. In recent years we have established a conflicting relationship, to say the least, with our free time, well outlined by French theologian Blaise Pascal in his work entitled Pensées: “all of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone”. A statement that shows our total inability to interrupt routine. Although the lockdown strongly reminded us of the good reasons for leaving “that room”, spending moments of emptiness does not necessarily mean giving up everything that is out there (or falling behind those who are continuing to run).

The anxiety that arises from these circumstances has been baptized as “leisurephobia”. That sweet doing nothing, which our grandparents saw as a gift, waiting impatiently for Sunday to relax and rest, is now perceived as fear. Having no plans generates feelings of guilt and frustration for not using our time in the right way. At all times, in any situation, we must do something at all costs. A sort of terror of the void that we tend to fight with schedules full of commitments, with a routine capable of reassuring us, translating anxiety into an impulse to action. A drug that has a serious side effect: the routine and schematic approach we impose on our life plunges everything we do into the abyss of equivalence. No matter what we have decided to fill the time with, what matters is not to be alone. The result is an attitude that protects from anxieties by creating repetitive actions, the result of which is the impossibility of stopping to think. We probably do not realize that this repetitiveness, rather than representing a defensive strategy, has become our condemnation, our “Sisyphean fatigue”, very similar to the punishment inflicted on the protagonist of the myth, locked up in Hades and forced to carry to the top to a mountain a boulder that inexorably falls as soon as it touches the summit, a symbol of any useless undertaking, destined to vanish as soon as it is completed. A “free condemned man” according to Albert Camus, aware of his fate.

Today we have given up the possibility of stopping and thinking in favor of a schematic repetition that makes us feel safe. Continuing to work chasing the weekend, to then saturate all our hours until Sunday evening, booking holidays in tourist villages, where following programs decided by others gives the feeling of having carried out the assigned task correctly. The breathtaking race that we continue to impose on ourselves is just another way of pushing the stone, worried about getting to the top quickly. Technologies and the world of the web are developing the illusion that everything can be done and that there is no room for dead moments, attributing importance to our delusional pace. And instead, even if they scare us, we should accept emptiness, because they put us in contact with ourselves, with our emotions. Stopping is a great way to enjoy rest and assess whether we are going on the right path. It is the hole in the agenda that represents the most suitable therapy, because it confronts us with what frightens us the most: having to give direction to what we do. Let’s not forget that boredom activates the right hemisphere of our brain, the one concerning intuition and creativity. It is as if doing nothing frees us from the toxins accumulated in months of commitments and stress, from the chains of time.

To learn to live better, we should learn to get bored more.

Davide Fioraso

Kenya
Getting lost to find oneself
To the conquest of Mount Kenya, the second highest African mountain after Kilimanjaro.

Kenya
Getting lost to find oneself
To the conquest of Mount Kenya, the second highest African mountain after Kilimanjaro.

100 Miglia Monviso
A race, a challenge, but also a journey that passes through history, culture, food, people.

100 Miglia Monviso
A race, a challenge, but also a journey that passes through history, culture, food, people.

Flightmode – Fabian Buhl
Disconnect to reconnect
Snow, rock, ice and air. Fabian condenses all the elements of the mountain into a “multi-mountaineering” vision.

Flightmode – Fabian Buhl
Disconnect to reconnect
Snow, rock, ice and air. Fabian condenses all the elements of the mountain into a “multi-mountaineering” vision.

Style, desert and solitude
Solis James Poole
James Poole traversed The Speed Project, a 500-kilometer ultrarun in Los Angeles, in full solo. How was his crossing?

Style, desert and solitude
Solis James Poole
James Poole traversed The Speed Project, a 500-kilometer ultrarun in Los Angeles, in full solo. How was his crossing?

The wild Maira Valley
Thanks to Panorama Distribution group we explored the wild Maira Valley for a few days, accompanied by mountain guide Renato Botte.

The wild Maira Valley
Thanks to Panorama Distribution group we explored the wild Maira Valley for a few days, accompanied by mountain guide Renato Botte.

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Discovering the Finnish bear
We flew to Finland, to discover the land of the endless forests and cool beaches of the Gulf of Bothnia, ready to run, test and fully understand the charm of these unspoiled places.

Discovering the Finnish bear
We flew to Finland, to discover the land of the endless forests and cool beaches of the Gulf of Bothnia, ready to run, test and fully understand the charm of these unspoiled places.

2050
Odyssey in search of snow
In 2050 ski resorts as we know them may no longer be sustainable from a water point of view. What are the conceivable scenarios for mountain economies and communities?

2050
Odyssey in search of snow
In 2050 ski resorts as we know them may no longer be sustainable from a water point of view. What are the conceivable scenarios for mountain economies and communities?

The world around Vesulo
Monviso Tour
It had been a while since we explored the trails back home, and the nostalgia was starting to set in: we share with you our Tour of Monviso.

The world around Vesulo
Monviso Tour
It had been a while since we explored the trails back home, and the nostalgia was starting to set in: we share with you our Tour of Monviso.

My Mountain
Valeria Margherita Mosca reflects on “Her Mountain”, the area that always manages to make her feel at home: the Valmalenco. A story illustrated with Nicola Magrin’s incredible artwork.

My Mountain
Valeria Margherita Mosca reflects on “Her Mountain”, the area that always manages to make her feel at home: the Valmalenco. A story illustrated with Nicola Magrin’s incredible artwork.

North6
An ecological project, born from the desire to test oneself with a non-stop and “by fair means” approach in the ascent of the six classic north faces of the Alps (Petit Dru, Grand Jorasses, Matterhorn, Eiger, Piz Badile, and Große Zinne), cycling from one mountain to the other.

North6
An ecological project, born from the desire to test oneself with a non-stop and “by fair means” approach in the ascent of the six classic north faces of the Alps (Petit Dru, Grand Jorasses, Matterhorn, Eiger, Piz Badile, and Große Zinne), cycling from one mountain to the other.

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