• Elisa & Leonardo

Elisa Bessega e Leonardo Panizza / Photographer, writer and environmental activists

Zero-impact mountaineering and slow trekking

Elisa, lover of the highlands, photographer, activist and zero-waster. Born in the province of Padua, in the flattest place in Italy, she approaches the mountain very late, but since the first trek it leaves an indelible mark on her personality and lifestyle. From that moment on he devoted much of his time to the outdoors, moving permanently to Trento and learning all the mountaineering disciplines from scratch in order to fully experience the mountains in each of its forms. Hand in hand with the discovery of this sense of belonging to nature, he changes his way of life trying to minimize its impact on the environment, he is passionate about the SLOW and ZERO IMPACT philosophy and tries to apply it first in everyday life and then in excursions: self-produced most of the products he uses at home and where it is not possible undertakes to buy them in bulk. When she is not busy spending her time outdoors, she writes and talks about her passions through images and collaborates with the collective of activists The Outdoor Manifesto.

Leonardo, a psychologist, has always been a frequent visitor to the mountains of Trentino, a frequent user of bivouacs and has always paid particular attention to moving independently. In the various ascents he tries to emphasize the exploratory side and knowledge of the territory rather than the performative one. He often decides to sleep in the bivouac without leaning on the shelter for a total immersion in nature, without filters or facilities. Without the use of shortcuts, it is possible to discover that the adventure is a stone’s throw from home. Getting information and getting to know the mountains in which you move is something that enriches the experience and makes it more respectful of the places. He devotes his time mainly to climbing, ski mountaineering and mountaineering but he is also passionate about trekking, always strictly on his own. Auto produces vegetables and eggs thanks to four very white hens.

Elisa and Leonardo collaborate with AKU as photographers, storytellers and product testers.

“The mountain is not something to be bent to satisfy your will, it must be not only the place to be heroes”

My favorite AKU

For their excursions Elisa and Leonardo wear AKU Trekker Lite III GTX and AKU Alterra Lite GTX, perfect for supporting not exactly light backpacks and for walking several days with maximum comfort.
  • Ruggero Alberti

More than a photographer, he prefers to define himself as a mountain man who lives his own mountain and as such has a deep respect for it

Photographer and mountaineer, with a degree in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, born and raised at the foot of the Pale di San Martino, he managed to combine his passion for the mountains with photography. More than a photographer, he prefers to define himself as a mountain man who lives his own mountain and as such has a deep respect for it.

“For many people the mountain is simply an element of the landscape, something beautiful, to be admired from home or during their holidays, for others it is a mass of rock. For me, however, the mountain is everything. When I am on a peak or even simply in a forest, I feel alive and an integral part of everything around me. I love the mountain and I have a feeling of respect towards it that comes from the desire to know its deeper aspects, its rhythms and its will. I concretize my personal vision by getting up in the middle of the night to walk for several hours and reach little-frequented places. Other times I reach the top of a mountain at sunset and then stay there to sleep. Most of the time I’m always alone in these photographic outings.”

Ruggero collaborates with AKU as a photographer and product tester.

“I love the mountain and I have a feeling of respect towards it that stems from the desire to know its deeper aspects, its rhythms and its will”

My favorire AKU

For mountain activities as a photographer and mountaineer Ruggero Alberti uses the AKU Superalp NBK GTX model, a classic model designed for those who walk a lot, even on difficult terrain, with a heavy load on their shoulders.
  • Altripiani

Altripiani is a combination of photography, mountaineering, cultural, anthropological and linguistic research

Altripiani is a combination of photography, mountaineering, cultural, anthropological and linguistic research, which aims to trace new paths and different paths. Lines that do not run from one city to another, but that slowly cross mountain ranges and small villages in search of faces and memories. A continuous search for the other in elsewhere, to meet and investigate the differences between the cultures and religions of the countries crossed, between the traditions and generations of the most isolated communities in the mountains, avoiding commonplaces to look for those of encounter and of dialogue.

Altripiani is a project by Giacomo Frison and Glorija Blazinšek, two photographers from Venice. “We have different characters that work well together, complementing each other. Two sensitivities, two ways of interpreting beauty and the common desire to tell moments, stories and people spontaneously. When we travel through mountain ranges we walk an ever-changing trail with an open mind and a tent on our backs. We are Altripiani, the most sincere and genuine representation of ourselves, of our passions and of our desire to know.”

Glorija and Giacomo collaborate with AKU as photographers, storytellers and product testers.

“We are Altripiani, the most sincere and genuine representation of ourselves, our passions and our desire to know”

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My favorite AKU

Glorija and Giacomo’s favorite shoes for their crossings are the AKU Alterra Lite GTX, a multierrain shoe, just like they are, perfect for moving quickly on any terrain in total comfort.
  • Tobias Ryser

Photos that convey a great passion and a deep need to make their own unique and touching moments

Tobias Ryser is considered one of the best young Swiss mountain photographers. Always passionate about the alpine environment, he worked for a long time as an environmental guide at the naturalistic oasis Naturzentum Thurauen near Zurich, developing specific expertise in the photographic and naturalistic fields. Many of his mountain images, in addition to representing the beauty of the Alpine landscape, are the clear expression of the author’s excellent alpine skills, able to move with ease on all terrains and at all altitudes.

“With my images I would like to document the beauty of our Swiss natural landscapes and thank and honor the creator for these masterpieces.

As a mountaineer I love being in my home mountains, braving the wind and bad weather and experiencing breathtaking light atmospheres. That’s why I love spending the night under the stars in the middle of the wild mountains. As a photographer, I can interpret a scene in my own way and give the image a personal and individual touch. Sometimes classic, sometimes playful and surprising. There are no limits to creativity! As a landscape architect and former ranger of a Swiss floodplain area, I have a great deal of knowledge in the environmental and landscape sectors, which I transfer to my workshops and photography courses. I attach great importance to an intense and unforgettable photographic adventure with a great experience value”.

Tobias Ryser collaborates with AKU as a photographer and product tester.

“With my images I would like to document the beauty of our Swiss natural landscapes and thank and honor the creator for these masterpieces”

My favorite AKU

As a photographer and mountaineer Tobias Ryser uses AKU Hayatsuki GTX, an ideal model for higher altitudes, even on difficult terrain, with a heavy load on their shoulders.

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