François Cazzanelli

My name is François Cazzanelli. I was born in Aosta on 31 January 1990 and grew up in Cervinia (Valtournenche) where I still live – at the foot of one of the most symbolic mountains of world-level mountaineering: the Matterhorn! My love for the mountains and mountaineering developed in a very natural and spontaneous way. My father’s and my own surname, Cazzanelli, as well as my mother’s surname Maquignaz have both been linked to the professions of mountain guiding and mountaineering for over a century. It was only to be expected that I would follow in the footprints of five generations of my ancestors.

I began to really love ski mountaineering at the age of 14 and got some very good results in junior competitions. I was on Italy’s national ski mountaineering team from 2009 to 2011 and I still participate in some of the most important long-distance international competitions.

I have been a member of the historic and renowned Matterhorn Guides Association since 2012. I was part of the “Courmayeur CS Esercito High Mountain Military Section” from 2011 to 2016. This experience made it possible for me to travel a lot and accumulate more than six expeditions outside of Europe in those five years along with several prestigious climbs and some new trails in the Alps. I now earn my living as a mountain guide all year round.

My sponsors support my career as a mountaineer and athlete and it is thanks to them that I am able to continue the pursuit of my dreams.




Arrampicata sportiva

Raggiunto il grado di 8a+ lavorato e 7b+ a vista.

Arrampicata su ghiaccio e misto

6 su ghiaccio M7 a vista M8 lavorato.

Attività extra europea

Settembre ottobre 2012 spedizione all Churen Himal Nepal

Settembre ottobre 2013 American Climbing tour

Aprile e maggio 2014 Kangchenjunga Aosta Valley Expedition

6 novembre al 19 dicembre 2014 Patagonia 360°