A shy and quiet man who practices a form of alpinism far from the crowd’s clamour and crazes, Elio Orlandi (San Lorenzo in Banale, 30 September 1954) is in perennial search. What he speaks of are dreams, and what he wishes for each one of us is that we may be able to dream: to desire something and do everything possible in order to fulfil this desire of ours. His ascents in the Alps cannot be counted, and there is more than a masterpiece that he’s created in Patagonia. While describing his successful climbs he uses sober words, like few others would manage to do: being a skilful film-maker, he prefers to rely on the poetry of his images. «I’ve never regarded alpinism as the predominating activity in life – he explained one day - , it hasn’t got an absolute function, it is meant to help perform much more important tasks. The mountains, alpinism and climbing oughtn’t to be expressions of obsession, dependency or exasperation. Little does it matter whether an alpinist is famous or not: what really counts isn’t the value of one’s performances, it is the values a person manages to transmit by the way he is and acts».