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!
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