I was born in a wonderful place, Cortina di Ampezzo, where I live and work to this day.
Like many of the children born in the Ampezzo valley, when I was little I started to explore this amazing environment on Sunday walks with my parents and later on with my friends.
The surrounding mountains held a great fascination for me and the desire to reach their summits soon made itself felt. It was for this reason, when I was fourteen years old, that I started climbing with my friends. I kept it quiet from my parent at first; they considered it a dangerous activity without expert supervision.
Luckily I managed to survive the dangers of being inexperienced and reckless and, at the age of 20, was invited to join the Gruppo Scoiattoli (the Squirrel Group; the most famous group of climbers of Italy).
The allure of the great mountains however was not enough to lure me away from my great passion, rock climbing. Having climbed many of the classic routes in the Dolomites, for a short period I dedicated myself to making solo ascents (including the Costantini-Apollonio route on the South Pillar of Tofana di Rozes in 1981).
In the early 80s, sport climbing made its appearance in the Dolomites.
I started to travel abroad to sport climb and discovered a whole new world of rock climbing.
I had found a style of climbing that was perfect for me and my enthusiasm for it is still strong. This enthusiasm has helped me to climb at a fairly high grade. My best effort being a redpoint of an 5.14a, but years pass by and there is less time to dedicate to training, I no longer climb this hard.
In the meantime I attended training courses, which enabled me in time to qualify as an Alpine Guide. In 1984 I joined the Gruppo Guide Alpine Cortina (the local guides’ organization), which I am proud to be a part of and where I continue to work.
What has always been a passion, became later on in the years a job: today I guide anyone with the desire of it up on these mountains on both complicated and easy ascents, summer and winter, trying to transmit to my clients the love I nourish for this area.
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I’ve been getting to know, explore and love my town and the wonderful mountains around it – the Dolomites – since I was a child.
As I grew up, my passion for the mountains and the fantastic outdoor activities available in this dream environment prompted me to take up the alpine guiding profession which is, for me, the most wonderful job in the world. Today I guide anyone with the desire of it up on these mountains on both complicated and easy ascents, summer and winter.
My intent is to convey the knowledge gained over many years of mountaineering, hiking and climbing, and trying to transmit to my clients the love I nourish for this area.
Rico has been my friend and my guide for 15 years. We always seem to have the ultimate adventures. Often taking those adventures to the very edge. But with Rico I feel safe going to that edge. And he has the biggest heart. And the Dolomites are the most beautiful mountains in the world and the climbing the best.
We had a fantastic time climbing the via ferrata with Enrico! He’s a great guide, very patient, funny, knowledgeable, and paid a lot of attention to our safety. Also, Enrico took time before the climb to talk to us about our abilities and comfort with heights in order to find the right route for us to climb. Next time we’re in the Dolomites, we’re definitely going to see him!
Enrico made our stay in the Dolomites a very pleasant one. We enjoyed his relaxed and happy attitude, it made us feel more relaxed (exactly what we needed at 2300 meter). We did some good climbing, fun hiking and a great Via Ferrata with him. We would absolutely advise anyone to hire Enrico as a guide.
Enrico rocks! My two days climbing with him were the highlight of my trip to the Dolomites. His love and passion for the mountains is matched only by his good humor. Thanks Enrico, I’ll be back.
Enrico was a great guide on my recent ferrata trip. He kept it fun and made me feel real comfortable. It was nice to go up with a “local” who knows and loves the Cortina area. He really made me feel like a friend he climbs with frequently. Thanks for the great time Enrico and thanks for the birra! I look forward to making it back sometime to do more ferrata.
Enrico, I had a great time climbing with you in the Dolomite mountains around Cortina. Because you are a local man, with extensive Dolomites and international climbing experience, you were able to add so much more to your demonstration of climbing confidence, technique and safe practice in the Dolomite environment. I had a great week with you. Thanks again.
On the right, two old movies of the annual international Mountain Guides Climbing Championship.
Winter and Summer Hiking