Matterhorn Bonatti route repeated by Matteo Della Bordella, François Cazzanelli, Francesco Ratti
On 31 March 2021 Italian alpinists Matteo Della Bordella, François Cazzanelli and Francesco Ratti repeated the Bonatti route on the Matterhorn.
News flash: Italian mountaineers Matteo Della Bordella, François Cazzanelli and Francesco Ratti made a single day repeat on the north face of the Matterhorn of the Bonatti route, the legendary line established by Walter Bonatti solo in winter 1965, with which he bid farewell to extreme mountaineering.
Cazzanelli, Della Bordella and Ratti, who teamed up together for the first time only last year in order to establish Incroyable on the Red Pillar of Brouillard on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, started their ascent from the Hörnli hut at 5 am and, climbing quickly, summited at 21:00. After a well-deserved break they descended to the Carrel hut at 23:30, and returned to Cervina the next morning.
Cazzanelli’s first words, published on Facebook and Instagram, provide insight into how much this ascent means to the team "We made best use of our different abilities to climb as fast as possible on each section of the face. During every step we took we thought of Walter Bonatti who a staggering 56 years ago, alone and in the middle of winter, traced his masterpiece up the north face of the Matterhorn! Chapeau Walter, you have always been a never-ending inspiration for all alpinists!"
It’s worth pointing out that this is the first time that Della Bordella has climbed the Matterhorn, and that the first Italian repeat of this mythical climb was carried out by Marco Farina, Arnaud Clavel and Maurizio Rossetto in 2011.