An interview with Giacomo Edifizi



What outdoor activity is your passion?
Climbing and mountaineering. I climb mountains so I can see the world below me. I embrace the challenge of getting up there, enjoy the fresh air and that amazing feeling of freedom of being up high far away from civilization. The unique views from the summit as well as the calming stillness of the surroundings. All of these things are excellent schoolmasters for me, and teach us more than what we could learn from books.

 

How did you get involved in that activity, and how old were you when you started?
My parents took me to the Dolomites for the first time at the age of 6. I was on top of Marmolada and Mt Pordoi. I knew I was hooked. I started climbing trees or anything that was around me since then and spending as much time as possible in the mountains; hiking with my family. It wasn’t until I got to BC though that I started mountaineering and climbing multi-pitch rock walls. The rugged, untouched beauty of the Coastal Mountains have been my playground for now 6 years and I couldn’t be more blessed to live here.

 

What was the most epic trip you’ve ever taken?
I don’t remember any trip not being epic but if I have to choose one it was a 3 month long journey through the main National Parks in the U.S., from Montana all the way down to Arizona. The diverse landscape and wildlife was eye opening to me. Zion and Arches NP were my favourite places, not just for climbing but also for the great hiking and open views.

 

What is the most important piece of gear in your pack? (other than AKU footwear, of course!)
A satellite communication device and a rope. In the mountains, the outcome of everyday is a mystery so it’s good to be prepared for the unexpected.

 

Where do you hope your AKUs will take you in the future?
Everywhere! From the grocery store, to the brewery to a new summit or adventure; I want AKU to be my only footwear. Too bad that AKU doesn’t make sandals yet, haha! In the near future I hope AKU will take me to summit Elkhorn, an iconic peak on Vancouver Island.

 

What AKU boots are you currently wearing?
The SuperAlp GTX. Not overly stiff which makes them perfect for longer approaches but still enough support for more technical climbing and crampon use.