Already past fifty, this many-sided alpinist born in 1960 simply will not stop to dream and put himself to the test. Franco Nicolini from Molveno in the Trentino is still seeking the tough and direct contest of the grand ski mountaineering competitions, in which he always finishes among the best in a team with his friend Omar Oprandi. Then there are the alpine ascents: those on his home mountains (new routes in the Dolomites, first winter ascents as well as linkings) and the ascents on distant giants. In Patagonia, for instance, or in China where he went in 1998 and 1999 for purposes of exploration. But also on the 8000ers, in a light and quick style. In 2007 he performed a 50-day rush across the Dolomites’ 3000-metre peaks (climbing 106 summits) followed in 2008 by the accomplishment of his long-time dream: the linking of the Alps’ eighty-two 4000-metre peaks, moving from one mountain to the other on foot, on skis or by bike. According to Nicolini «A linking represents not so much an alpine or athletic undertaking as the wish to emphasize the humble and unique aspects of an experience. Vertical metres and grades of difficulty are merely numbers, the arithmetic translation of our physical capacity: they are nothing at all compared to the feelings we experience. Mountains cannot be conquered; they can be climbed along a path or via a steep face, with respect and admiration».