MAMMUT ELEMENTS EPISODE ONE
Do you still hear the call of the nature? Listen…
We are enthusiastic slaves of nature and unconscious prisoners of our time. We live with frantic pace every single day, but our passion tells us to slow down, we are the portrait of a complicated addiction that comes from a very simple necessity: the desire for freedom. Every day, between a subway ride and a sandwich swallowed in a bite, it sometimes happens to forget to breathe. Instead that icy breath that we exhale on the top of the mountains, with a drop that comes down from the nose, this is the only real fire that brings us back to a real, healthy and almost forgotten way of living. We are slaves of an existential welfare, the one that only nature can give us back. If Dave Peverett from Foghat sang "Slow ride, take it easy" in early 1975, there was a reason, wasn’t there? Mammut Elements is substance. Or maybe something more? The Italian Mammut athletes tell their relationship with "their" element. Mattia Felicetti, Martin Dejori, Janluca Kostner, Alex Walpoth, Samuel Zeni and Michael Piccolruaz will be the protagonists of a mini series, divided into four episodes.
Snow, Ice and Rock intertwine and mix themselves into something more intricate: an intense emotion, a physical effort, a cry of joy, or, why not, a long silence. One last element is opposed to them, a call back to reality in the urban jungle, that thick fabric made of "you have to do this". Yet, in all that chaos, it seems almost to see an harmonic art, made of colour and movement. At the moment being, unfortunately, it’s not possible to reveal more. The Italian Mammut athletes tell their relationship with "their" element. Mattia Felicetti, Martin Dejori, Alex Walpoth, Filipp Schenk and Michael Piccolruaz will be the protagonists of a mini series, divided into four episodes, that will also be told through The Pill’s pages White noise. A snowflake echoes like silence over silence. A thousand facets and the usual reaction of amazement. It fills the landscape, enriches my gaze and captures my mind. That silence slows down the time and makes it its own. I am a guest of the mountain: I knock on it and immerse myself in it. Energy and dust. I drown in those flakes, riding on their perfection. The first episode called "White Noise" is about Mattia Felicetti, ski instructor from Val di Fassa and athlete of the Freeride World Qualifier. Maybe it would be more accurate to say that is Mattia himself that tells us about his element, merging into it, the same way that snowflakes melt into the water once they lay on it. Scientifically, the White Noise identifies a certain frequency of the audible, it is a very special frequency to connect with that lasts just a fraction of time and space, in the same way snow falls and paints the landscape as it wants. It is called white by analogy: a similar electromagnetic radiation within the visible spectrum would appear to the human eye as a white light, exactly like snow. Mattia himself says: "I started skiing when I was three and racing at six years old. The love for skiing in fresh snow started immediately, and it was so strong that my ski instructor at the time struggled to hold me down. My passion for the mountains evolved in other sports such as climbing and highline, but skiing has always been an inseparable part of myself ".
What about you? Do you still feel the call of the nature?
Pictures: ©Thomas Monsorno