Matteo della Bordella

So much has been written about Matteo over the last month, after his triumphal return from Patagonia.  Check his blog

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

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

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.      It was a lot of fun!




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 [], 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.

PDF of the interview here

and here

Photos by Riky Felderer and Pietro Bagnara


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