Matteo della Bordella

So much has been written about Matteo over the last month, after his triumphal return from Patagonia.  Check his blog http://www.mountainblog.it/matteodellabordella/

This is the account of an evening I organised for him last Summer.

August 2012. I was waiting for Matteo and rope-partner Giacomo “Jacky” in Switzerland. They were on their way back from the Dolomites, where they accomplished a lot  – the first repetition of AlexAnna among others things http://www.planetmountain.com/News/shownews1.lasso?l=1&keyid=39996

I had never been to Pontresina, or Engadin for that matter. A superbly picture post-card, chocolate box landscape, worthy of Swiss fame.  The people at Teamitalia organised the very interesting first edition of the Swiss Mountain Film Festival http://www.swissmountainfilmfestival.com/home_en.html

Matteo was the Saturday night guest.  I had to translate his talk into German, where he illustrated key moments from his career and promoted his climbing guidebook to Switzerland. http://www.versantesud.it/italiano/dettaglio.asp?id=344      It was a lot of fun!

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November 2012. I had been writing to the folks at Climb magazine with various interview proposals for quite some time… In the summer of 2012 Hazel Findlay had visited Cadarese [ http://hazelfindlay.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/cadarese-sweat-blood-and-the-doors-8b-5-13d-trad/], accompanied by Climb editor David Pickford, so the idea of an interview with Italian trad maestro Matteo della Bordella was immediately welcomed with enthusiasm.

I wrote a short piece to accompany the interview, after Matteo’s return from El Chaltén last March. http://www.climbmagazine.com/news/2013/03/major-egger-route

PDF of the interview here http://issuu.com/luci26/docs/interview_matteo_db

and here http://issuu.com/luci26/docs/lucia_copy_1

Photos by Riky Felderer http://rikyfelderer.wordpress.com and Pietro Bagnara http://www.pietrobagnara.com

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