Born and grown in Morbegno, a nice town at the entrance of Valtellina.
Since I was a child, the best way to spend school holidays was to play on the mountains. It didn’t matter how: walking, running, helping my uncles to look after cows, making snowman or skiing were much more than a good reason to prefer mountain life instead of the soccer-based city-life.
Thanks to my father, I first discovered ski-mountaineering at the age of 10 and I suddenly realized that this had to be my life. When I was 14 years old I started to compete in running-races (cross-country and mountain running were my favourites) and one year later I did the same Ski-mountaineering. My racing mood kept to give me fun, motivation and good results for about 10 years. During this committing and hard period I achieved some good results such as a gold medal at the first Ski-mountaineering World Championship in 2002 and a Bronze Medal at the Mountain Running World Championship in 2001, both of them in Junior Category.
Almost at the same time I started to move my first steps on rock walls. This new challenge, a bit less aerobic, but much more metal, started to give me good sensations and plenty of satisfactions.
Learning something new, controlling the fear of the void and exploring new places without a number on the leg soon became the passion that distanced myself from the race world.
According to my family’s teaching, Sport was important, but school was first, so at some point of my life I got a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering, but after so many days spent in the nature, nor the idea of keeping on studying, neither the plan of a life in office sounded too attractive.
To become a Mountain Guide seemed instead a very good option able to answer to almost all the question mark that were spinning in my head.
Since that choice my life has changed and now, after about 10 years as Mountain Guide, I can say the I took the right decision.
At the age of 38, I’m married and father of two funny and noisy little boys!
Giovanni, also know as “il maestro”, or “master G” is a true living-legend among Mello’s Climbers.
Proficent all-round climber, from Yosemite to Pakistan granite big walls, Giò has established lots of new routes and many icefalls first ascent.
Despite he now has few more white hair than the ones you can(not) see in the picture, he still cruises slabs and cracks almost every day.
His mantra “Metti un friend e vai poi su”, in English may sound like “Place one friend and motor-up to the top!”.
Definitely the right guide to help you moving your first steps, and whippers, while leading on trad gear…