Bottom Up Mexico

Hello everyone!

We have been quiet, too quiet, but for good reasons.

Our latest project is Bottom Up Mexico, from Veracruz, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, to the Pico de Orizaba, 5,636 m, the highest volcano in North America.

This time, we don’t have friends who can offer local support and we are on our own.  The planning was thus a little harder than what we were so far used to.

Moreover, the top season to climb the volcano is late autumn and winter, which poses a lot of problems when it comes down to fit the trip into our very tight working schedules. So, we had to squeeze our climb into 5 days, which is a bit shorter than usual and it will be physically and psychologically very tough.

At the moment, Alessio and I are on the train to Munich, where hopefully we will board on our airplane directed to Mexico City, Anne boarded in Frankfurt, a couple of hours ago. Why such an articulated logistics? Well, it’s complicated but it can (almost) all be traced back to: a pilots’ strike, a train strike, floods in northern Italy, a funeral, a smoking car engine, a car accident on the highway (in which luckily we were not involved), a non functioning credit card, a stolen phone, a broken ski… and I may have forgotten something…

Once we land in Mexico City, our plan goes more ore less like this, omitting some inessential steps

11/26 – Drive to Veracruz, with a stop in Tlachichuca to drop our mountain equipment and continue with just our bikes

11/27 – Cycle to Cordoba, 850 m a.s.l. (130 km, about 1000 m climb)

11/28 – Cycle to Tlachichuca, 2600 m a.s.l. (100 km, about 2200 m climb)

11/29 – Cycle to Refugio Piedra Grande, 4200 m a.s.l. (24 km, 1600 m climb)

11/30 – Rest day

12/1 – Summit day, Pico de Orizaba, 5610 m

12/2 – Backup summit day

3/12 – Drive to Mexico City and fly back to Europe

If you want to read something about the genesis of our project, read Anne’s post!


Finally, a video of the Bottom Up Africa

After almost a year, we have the final version of our Bottom Up Climbs Africa video.

Thanks to our amazing video crew

Due su Due

Their Facebook page

All our backers and supporters will receive their rewards within a couple of weeks. We are very sorry for the huge delay!

Pay a visit to the charity we support:

Paulchen Esperanza

Yeshe Norbu

You can also have a look at Anne-Marie’s blog


And… in the meanwhile, we have been working on the next stage of our Bottom Up Volcanic Seven Summits and we are almost ready to announce it.  Stay tuned.

Bottom Up Tanzania: pictures preview

Dear friends,

here is a first preview of the pictures that our fantastic Duesudue team took.

See you in September for more pictures and later on for the video of our journey!


Bottom Up Africa

In Summer 2015, our Volcanic Seven Summits project continues. We are going to Africa and climb Mount Kilimajaro, 5895 m, from the lowest point of Tanzania, the shore of the Indian Ocean in Tanga.

Due to the cost of the climbing permits and the fact that we will be accompanied by a filming crew, we need to raise some funds, and you can support us on the best crowdfunding paltform, Indiegogo.

You can get amazing rewards, check out our campaign!

Departure is set for July 13, and summiting around July 20 to 24, stay tuned!

Get inspired by the emotions of our 2014 Bottom Up Iran

Watch our team member Anne-Marie, telling you, very honestly, why we chose the Volcanic Seven Summits.


To our new friends, and to everybody else

Dear Iranian friends,
I am sure I can write also on behalf of Anne-Marie and Alessio, saying that this trip has probably been the most surprising and one of the most amazing experiences of our life.
The way you treated us gave a new meaning to the word hospitality, shifting it towards something that would better be described by the word brotherhood. Seeing how close we can be, despite our differences, drove into our hearts new hope for the future of all of us.
We don’t need to be equal to live together, to help each other, to love each other.

You taught us so many lessons in these days, you gave us so many gifts, material and immaterial, that we don’t know whether we will ever be able to pay you back, but precisely this one is one of the most important lessons you taught us: it is possible to give that much to a stranger and give it without expecting anything in return but a smile, a hug, a handshake.
We felt welcomed, protected, cared by all of you to an extent which is hard to describe, but luckily those feelings will always remain in our hearts and hopefully we will be able to spread them around us.

There have been of course some difficult moments, when it has been maybe hard to understand each other, because of the uncertain use we all make of the English language or because of our obvious differences but we have always been able to go beyond those moments and succeed as a team, because there are many more things keeping us together than those tearing us apart.
And here comes the second most important lesson this trip taught us. A few months ago I went to Nepal, to get in touch with a small part of those amazing mountains and with the people and the culture I have been admiring and drawing inspiration from for a long time. When I came back I had a fairly bitter feeling: it had been very different from what I expected, I had seen many beautiful but just as many less beautiful things, I had felt the differences between me and them as much, much larger than I thought.
After these 10 days with you in Iran I have the almost exactly opposite feeling: I was expecting to meet a different culture and I did, but I felt similar among similar. It seems to me that we have the same dreams and the same desires: enjoying the peace of the mountains escaping the chaos of the city and the troubles of everyday life, feeling the stretch that our body is able to withstand sometimes to our surprise, fighting for our small and big rights everyday at home and at work, sharing food and stories with our friends, having around us people we like and with whom we like doing what we like doing, laughing sometimes out of nonsense, feeling a team, a unique body formed by different people.

It would be too easy to say that the best and most emotional moment of this trip has been reaching the summit, where we all felt overwhelmed in a big, long, warm hug and tears flew and not only because of the sulphur gases, but there have been a few other moments when I felt as overwhelmed as on the top of Mount Damavand and I will here list a few of them.
When we left the Caspian Sea in Mahmud Abad and we started cycling through the city: after months of preparation and dozens of emails, we were actually there, cycling with 5 people we barely knew, aiming almost 6000 m higher, how crazy and wonderful was that?
At around 5200 m on the Damavand route: I don’t know whether it was because of the lack of oxygen, which was maybe driving my brain into an unprecedented state, but I felt completely overwhelmed by the beauty and the greatness of what we were doing, climbing altogether the volcano, in the faint light of the morning, in view of the yellow sulphur rocks and the white pinnacle on the top of the mountain. I had to step back for a few minutes, slow down and try to hold my tears and sighs, I felt so little and so great at the same time.
When we were driving to Ahmad’s house for our last dinner together. “Here we are” I thought “driving through this huge city to meet with all our new friends and Ahmad’s family” and that evening is certainly something we will never forget in our life.

I would like to thank you for these wonderful days and all the time we spent together, we kind of know that there won’t be anything similar again, so beautiful, true and surprising and it may feel sad but at the same time it feels great that we were actually there and lived those days.


Volcanic Seven Summits, Bottom Up!

It’s time to grow and think big.

We are proud to announce the first long term Bottom Up Climb project:

The Volcanic Seven Summits.

The idea is to climb the highest volcanic summit of each continent from the lowest point of the country  where the summit is found.

Some are relatively easy, some look kind of hard. Anyway, we are not in a hurry, the real goal is the journey.

Below you find our list, and, for some of them, a tentative date of ascent.


Kilimanjaro, 5895 m, Summer 2015

Australia (or Oceania)

Mount Giluwe, 4367 m.


Elbrus, 5642 m


Damavand, 5671 m, Summer 2014

South America

Ojos del Salado, 6893 m

North America

Pico de Orizaba, 5636 m


Mount Sidley, 4285 m

The map of the Volcanic Seven Summits is provided by

Bottom Up Iran

Mount Davamand, 5671 m, is the highest Volcano in Asia and the highest summit in Iran and the first of our Volcanic Seven Summits.

Done! We reached the summit on July 16! Read a brief report

Look for pictures on Facebook and follow us Twitter!

It has been an amazing adventure, full of emotions.

Read our open letter to our new friends, and to everyone else and live our emotions with us: watch the Bottom Up Iran official video!

And check again our technical partner, V-Attitude, an Italian company which produces  high quality technical wear.



Check out also the website of the Damavand Club in Iran, the most ancient alpine club in the country and our great supporter in July 2014.

As in the already classic Bottom Up Climbs style, we cycled from the lowest point of the country, the shore of the Caspian Sea in Mahmud Abad, 28 m below the sea level, to the Damavand base camp in Goosfandsara at around 3000 m.

From there, in two days, we reached the summit along the normal route on the South face of the mountain.

We have received an incredible support from local people, some of them will joined us cycling and some joined us climbing Davamand.

Below the route of the cycling leg.

Bottom Up Europe [UPDATE!]

After the successful Bottom Up Switzerland, for the summer 2014 we wanted to aim higher…

Bottom Up Europe, from the shores of the Caspian Sea (30 m below the sea level), to the top of Mount Elbrus (5,642 m), cycling, hiking and skiing (if the snow won’t have all melted already), all in Russian territory.

Unfortunately the political instabilities in the area suggested us to postpone the project.

In summer 2014, we have decided to start a new project, and also to plan longer and aim even higher


Photo and map from Elbrus World Race and Go Elbrus.