Our European guided ascents and private instruction courses are often guided by Paolo. He is an IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide from Sanremo, Italy who is now based in the UK, but he is often found in Chamonix and all the action there and in the Swiss Alps. In 2008/09 Paolo spent two months guiding in New Zealand's Southern Alps and we very much enjoyed having him here as part of the team at AC Headquarters down under. Our pasta cooking skills are now much improved thanks to his input.
Paolo says he's been climbing since "...a life time ago, in the past century, when ropes were 11mm and stiff, harnesses were made every day with tape or ropes, and soft climbing shoes had yet to be invented." He considers the mountains a pretext for traveling and finds that his curiosity always leads him to new places, new ideas, and new people.
Climbing for him is the pinnacle of mountaineering... "it is a slow journey into emotions and vertical environments through which the world is truly immense, far beyond our imagination."
He's been guiding since the late 70's and says his clients give value to every trip he does, both easy and difficult. "They are the ones that make my umpteenth ascent of Mont Blanc unlike any other and equally important... I continue to benefit from the huge smiles from strangers who become friends through a peak."
When not climbing, Paolo fulfils his need for speed and adrenaline on skis and a snowboard.