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Life on High: Himalayan Guide Fabrizio Zangrilli sounds off

Dec. 4th 2012

For Fabrizio Zangrilli, a lot can happen in a year. Spanning the globe, the veteran high alpine guide spends the changing seasons leading clients into the vast vertical wilderness, whether on snow, rock or ice. We were able to track him down before he left for yet another season in Nepal. The recently turned 40 mountain guide and high altitude athlete gave us some insight on how he’s going to embrace the next decade, what projects he’s thinking about, and how to enjoy the virtues of taking people to new heights.

You’ve been quite busy guiding the last year. What have been some of the highlights? In the past 12 months I have been very busy; Spring 2011, I was on Makalu, then summer was another season on K2, and the Fall I was on Kyazo Ri, Island Peak and Nuptse’s west face. It was a long year spent at high altitude with not much of a break. I spent 3 months in the winter of ’11/12 in Chamonix skiing, spiced up with a bunch of days ice climbing in Cogne. This spring [2012] I was back in Nepal guiding on Lobuche East and Cholatse, then flew to the Alaska Range for a month.

I lived in Estes Park, Colorado this summer rock guiding during the day. It was a great change of pace to go home every night, to be able to go out for dinner with friends, and have a bit of time to reboot the system for this coming Fall in Nepal.

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