Luca Dalpez is not the average citizen of Cles, a small mountain village situated in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol of Northern Italy, where he lives with his wife and two children. As a professional splitboarder and novice kayaker, Luca holds an innate appreciation for the outdoors and takes his commitment to caring for Mother Nature very seriously, whether at home, work, or play. After working for an outdoor retailer for a few years, Luca felt driven to invest his energy in something more substantial. Seeing a need for a solution to the devastating impact the supply chain has on food for his community, Luca decided to farm. Now his organic farm delivers vegetables to local customers by bicycle. When the route allows, it’s not unusual for Luca to end his workday with a paddle on the challenging rivers of the Val di Sole.
But that’s not all. Luca felt there was more to be done. As the founder of The Outdoor Manifesto, Luca has collaborated with outdoor professionals and enthusiasts to spread the belief that natural environments and sustainable development should always come first. This radical idea is reshaping and broadening the definition of sustainability, requiring a holistic lens and concrete action plans to encompass environmental, cultural, and social factors. Luca and his supporters are leading the way, creating a more responsible and sustainable culture for recreationalists that reconnects people to the outdoors and protects these spaces above all else. Luca’s Enviro Splitboard camps combine education with open discussion and exploration of these ideas and the impact of our choices on the environment. To learn more about Luca and The Outdoor Manifesto, visit theoutdoormanifesto.org.