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We interview Matteo Della Bordella

Hello Matteo, we'd like to thank you for taking time for this interview. You've joined the BOREAL team recently. For this reason, we believe it is important for the public to get to know you better, and what better way to do this than in one of your latest adventures.

This is your first interview and initial contact with our fans. This is why we'd like to ask you a few questions before your trip.

We feel proud to have you as part of the BOREAL family.

How does it feel to be a BOREAL athlete?

It feels great! I knew that Boreal works with some of the best climbers and alpinists in the world and so it was an honor for me joining the team

Last year I asked and decided to join the Boreal Team for three reasons: the first is that I had the chance to try out some products (climbing shoes and boots) and I really liked them, so I was psyched to use them for real climbs and adventures.

The second is that I had a very good impression of the company: very competent people that fully understand the needs of climbers, glorious tradition and lots of care in the manufacturing of the shoes. The third is more a personal reason: sometimes in life you need to change something in order to progress. And I felt like starting a collaboration with a new sponsor for me was something stimulating that could give me new opportunities to evolve and grow.

Do you believe the values of our brand represent you as an athlete?

I’m proud to use climbing shoes and boots which are produced in a local company with great history and with lots of know-how on these products. I believe that keeping the production locally and working in close contact with athletes is the best way to work and develop the right products.

What is it that you like the most?

What I like most are the products that I had the chance to use during these months, especially the Stetind boots and the Mutant shoes. I appreciate the fact that I have the possibility of giving my contribute to make them even better.

Great, Lets focus on your latest expedition! Between February and March of this year you spent a total of 22 days with Silvan Schupbach at one of the most remote places in Patagonia, with the goal of climbing the Cerro Riso.

What were your first impressions of Patagonia?

 Patagonia for me is becoming almost a second home. This is my eight winter in a row that I go there, every time for a month and a half or two. I just love those mountains and I love the challenge that those mountains offer.

Anyway, this was the first time I visited the Chilean side of Patagonia. It is much more rainy and wild than the area of El Chalten. The average precipitation in that side of Patagonia is 500 mm per month and the area of Riso Patron is really remote and doesn’t get visited very often, actually the mountain we climbed was still unclimbed.

What did you think of when you decided to take on this challenge?

I was all in for living a great adventure. An adventure going beyond the technical challenge of climbing a mountain and involving also a complex approach and exploration of the area. For this expedition we adopted a “by fair means” style and did the first portion of approach (approx.. 100 km) with kayaks.

In the beginning of the adventure, what did you do to reach your goal? What it difficult or easy?

We were able to cover the distance on the sea with the kayaks in 3 days, but once we arrived there we had to look for a way to reach the mountain. We knew the approach was complex and dangerous since the few climbers that attempted Riso Patron on this side before had troubles and accidents and were forced to turn back on the approach. Eventually the crux of our approach was establishing a long Tyrolian traverse (80 meters) to cross a big river (I had to swim in the lake above the river). Once we could set this, it was just 6 hours of hard walking among bushes and steep grass to the advanced base camp.

Would you change any technique or decision?
No, it was really a great trip in all its parts. From the approach to the climb. I wouldn’t change anything, but if there was some better weather nobody would have complained!

Once you have concluded the expedition, which did you feel in the beginning and at the end of the trip?

When I look back to this expedition I think it’s a pity that it is over and I’m looking forward to living other great adventures in such remote places and with amazing virgin mountains to climb.

What were the best and the worst parts of this adventure?

The worst part was the start, because for me starting is always a big impact: it takes me some time to get on expedition mode. Also, for my body, at the beginning it was not easy, the first day we did 50 km with the kayaks and it took us 13 hours, the next morning I felt really sore and asked to myself how I could go on like this. But luckily my body adapted to the fatigue and the next days it felt better.

The best part was when we started exploring the area and imagine different options for climbing. It was amazing the sensation of being the first and not having to follow a path or an existing route. Also during the climb, I love going towards the unknown and explore untouched terrain, you never know what’s coming next and you have to be ready for everything.

Finally, What’s your next goal? Could you tell us something about it?

In the next months I want to focus more on rock climbing, I have some cool projects to finish in the Alps and then I’m planning a trip to another area of South America (not Patagonia) in fall. Then in the winter I want to go back to Patagonia, I have so many projects in mind down there. I really love those mountains.

Thank you for taking time for this interview Matteo. We hope to see you soon!