Matteo Della Bordella, the climber from Varese, absolute star of technical mountaineering on the biggest and wildest walls on Earth, officially joins our ambassadors. His extreme exploits will be a severe and challenging test bed to assess and improve the features of our backpacks and tents.
A new member has joined the family of Ferrino ambassadors, climber Matteo Della Bordella. Born in 1984, he is one of the most illustrious names in contemporary Italian mountaineering, known the world over for his extreme climbs on the wildest and most vertical walls, carried out with extremely limited use of technical equipment, and often in a “by fair means” style.
Matteo, in fact, prefers to approach the mountains he intends to climb in complete autonomy, moving around on skis or a kayak rather than using motorised transport; a choice inspired by respect for the uncontaminated and fragile natural environments, and by the desire to reopen the boundaries of the unknown and of adventure, limiting the facilitation and safety offered by technology.
His story as a climber began in the Alps, where, from a very young age, he made a name for himself by repeating several of the most difficult routes on the big rock faces, from the Dolomites to Mont Blanc, and where he opened impressive new routes, particularly in the Wendenstoke area in Switzerland, considered to be one of the ‘temples’ of extreme alpine limestone climbing. His love for adventure, however, soon took him outside Europe, always in search of walls of high difficulty on which he could climb, located in remote and wild environments. Baffin Land, Greenland, the granite towers of the Karakorum and the 6,000 metre peaks of the Indian Himalayas were the scene of some of the ascents that made him famous. His homeland, however, is Patagonia, the southernmost tip of the American continent, where, among the largest glaciers on Earth, incredible granite monoliths rise up, perpetually buffeted by the storm. It was there, a few months ago, that Matteo achieved what is perhaps his finest feat to date: the first ascent in alpine style of the gigantic east face of Cerro Torre, completed with Matteo De Zaiacomo and David Bacci, mountaineers from the prestigious Ragni della Grignetta group, of which Della Bordella is also a member. “I am very happy and honoured by this collaboration,” comments Matteo. “Ferrino is an Italian company that has made history in mountaineering equipment and which, even today, is at the forefront and with courage and foresight continues to focus on quality, innovation and research. There is certainly a harmony between this spirit and my way of experiencing mountaineering, and I hope to be able to contribute with my direct experience to the development of increasingly high-performance products”.