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Maurizio Giordani was born in Rovereto, Italy, in 1959 and from an early age embraced hiking and then mountaineering. His experience ranges from high-difficulty rock climbing (especially on dolomitic limestone) to summiting the highest and most remote snow- and ice-covered peaks on the planet. In his activity at the highest level, he demonstrates a unique inclination toward the pursuit of form and adventure – an exploratory alpinism, whether the mountain is a large or small. Since 1985 he has been a member of the Club Alpino Accademico Italiano, the French Groupe de Haute Montagne and Mountain Wilderness, and in 1989 he became a mountain guide. Maurizio loves to travel and has approximately 80 expeditions to his credit, but he completed his most prestigious climbs on the much-loved south face of the Marmolada, in full view – solo and first ascents that marked an era and raised the level of the sport, via routes completed with impeccable aesthetics on fearsome rock walls, some of which have not yet been repeated. He has published three books on the Marmolada, as well as the recent Appigli Sfuggenti (“Elusive Holds”), a compelling autobiography in which his great love for the mountains shines through. Maurizio is now working in the sports apparel sector, offering his immense experience to the outdoor and adventure world. He has climbed Mount Kenya, Aconcagua, Muztagh Ata, Golden Peak (Spantik), Trango Towers, Uli Biaho Tower, Ogre, Kedarnath Peak, Baruntse II, Ama Dablam, Mount Cook, Ararat, Damavand, Huascarán, Pico de Orizaba, Elbrus and Kilimanjaro. He has climbed everywhere from the Karakorum to the Andes, in America, Africa, Asia, Australia and beyond.