Korra chose to be a mountaineer as a kid and as a teenager he made sure to make it happen. He was 17 when he started spending time in the mountains, a few years later he traversed the Alps and established himself in Chamonix. There he found his own paradise and took full advantage of it. He survived his early years, not without some luck. He took the time to hone his skills, working on every aspect of the game. In the last few years he has experienced some injuries, but has come back stronger each time. Now he just feels lucky to still be around and able to go out and climb. Mountains sports are also his job—after years working at a climbing shop, in 2011 he started working as a mountain guide. He loves to take people to enjoy, know and respect the mountains. His biggest love is still to go out in the mountains with his friends, alone or with his beloved girlfriend. A lifetime is not enough for all the places Korra wants to visit and mountains he wants to climb, but he'll try!
Discipline: Alpinism, Climbing
Hometown: Novara, Italy
Currently Living: Chamonix, France
Height: 169 cm
Career Highlights: Cerro Torre West Face, Torre Egger, Fitz Roy (Supercanaleta and North Pillar), Patagonia; 12 different routes on Grandes Jorasses North Face; New mixed routes in the Alps: Ghost Dog on Pordoi, Full Love on Peigne, Dry Hard on Pelerins; Many solos on rock, ice and mixed alpine terrain.
When did you first start climbing/skiing?
I started climbing when I was 16 and skiing when I was 20.
What do you most enjoy about your sport?
I enjoy the way it influence my whole life: where I live, who I’ve met, my job, it's not just a sport it's something more. Also, as someone who had major injuries I appreciate how you get the chance to go back to the mountains again and again.
How do you define success?
Keep climbing mad stuff and staying alive.
What are you most proud of, either in life, your sport or both?
I'm proud of the fact I have built some solid friendships with people from everywhere in the world, and also how I have stepped over every obstacle that came into my path so far.
Who are your heroes?
That's a tough one, and I don't like the hero concept so here is my Mount Rushmore of people that are not with us anymore: Walter Bonatti, Renato Casarotto, Riccardo Cassin, Rene Desmaison, Jerzy Kukuczka.
What inspires you?
I'm inspired by the research of my own limits, stepping into the unknown, pushing my body and mind.
What are your hobbies outside of your sport?
My hobbies are all mountain related but when there is nothing to do up there I'm just happy to do nothing.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
What are your hidden talents?
I almost wrote “ask your mum“ well, actually I did write that!
Tell us about your most favorite place in the world:
Of the places I know, my favorite is after all the one where I live, Chamonix. Is just so radical, a true paradise for climbers and skiers. However being on a Patagonian tower during good weather is simply outstanding.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When i was about eight years old I had the chance to watch a movie about Cerro Torre and also to visit Chamonix briefly for the first time. I was blown away and for some reason I wanted to be able one day to climb mountains like the ones in Patagonia and live at the base of Chamonix's fierce rock spires. It was helpful as a teenager to have well defined road to follow. Now it's cool for me to say I fulfilled the dreams I had when I was a kid, even if it's not a big deal after all.
Tell us about a time in your life when you have been scared:
Once I was at the base of a climb and got struck by a rock who sent me off the ledge where I was standing, and fell off the mountain. I lost consciousness with the strong feeling i wouldn't open my eyes again. It's a scary feeling to fall to your own death—it's like one of those nightmares but that was absolutely for real. I fell for some 40 meters, hitting ledges and somehow was still alive after that.
Describe your perfect day:
It would be a climber version of Ice Cube's song ‘Today Was a Good Day.’ It would involve waking up on my bed for sure, coffee, powder skiing, some sending, chilling with my bros and dinner with my girlfriend, obviously no one disappearing from here to south Patagonia. That's a perfect day for me.
How would your friends describe you?
A crazy bastard.