Inspired by the mountains and powder that are in his soul, Emilio lives for the challenge of sport and for the challenge of using his sport to inspire others. He is a true endurance athlete - pushing the envelope in so many disciplines - from sport climbing to ironman triathlons, from snowboard freeride contests to ultra-distance cycle racing. Right now he’s mad for telemark skiing. From his earliest years he has sought to challenge himself.
Beyond the world of competition Emilio has become world-renowned for his high altitude snowboard descents. His purity of style and approach to these adventures has gained him tremendous respect. Between his adventures, Emilio was founder and chief editor of FREE.rider magazine. Right now he’s the editor of the The North Face STORY.teller, the yearbook of the TNF athletes. This is the other side to Emilio’s explorations; pushing the limits and living his adventures Emilio believes in the importance of sharing, of telling his stories with images, words and ideas.
Living the dream; the plans, the hopes, the river of emotions and feelings, the execution of the adventure, his hope is to stimulate and to inspire those who listen, to encourage them to explore their own limits and to live more intensely. For Emilio, part of his life adventure is to share his explorations with his wife and children, while being true to his own calling in his challenges and expeditions. For Emilio, this is life; the emotion that you have when you achieve something you thought not to be possible, when you realise a dream.
Every place with deep powder and mountains.
Favourite The North Face Product:
Diez Jacket and Base Camp Duffle. Always with me.
My son Daniele climbing with me, leading the team.
Everything about kids.
Words To Live By:
Bread. My wife Michela's apple cake and her lasagne.
Zen and the Art of Archery
Most Recent Epic:
Only a few minutes in your life are really epic. When I dropped inside the North Face of Shishapangma with my snowboard. It was epic.
Most Humbling Moment:
In 2000, in two weeks, I had a 40 meters fall over a cliff landing on rocks, a big car accident and a near helicopter crash in Kazakstan. I felt a bit lucky and a bit foolish.
Inspiration Within the Sport:
People who are able to innovate yet retain respect for the past.
- The North Face Denali Experiment Expedition
(6194 m) - summit & telemark descent + Rescue Gully, Orient Express Couloir, 2011.
- Founder and editor of Soul Rider
, Italian Freeride Magazine published by Kicker srl.
- Editor of the The North Face STORY
- 27 time Ironman finisher
- Shisha Pangma
(8027m), north side, snowboard descent from 7600m, 2005 -2007
- Pik Lenin
(7134m), snowboard descent solo - new line on the north face, 2001.
- Cho Oyu
(8202m), north side, snowboard descent from 8000m, first snowboard descent of The Poland Route N-W Ridge 55° from 7200m, 1999, 2002
- EUBEA European Best Event Award
- Best European Internet Event with Low Budget with Shishapangma Snowboard Expedition 2007 on www.extremehd.com
- Chief editor of FREE.rider magazine
- Best Italian Freerider
- On Board Italy Snowbox Award 2004 – 2005
. Cho Oyu
. Ski and Snowboard Descent of Gasherbrum II