ALE ZENI joins the Karpos family
The need and willingness of the Fonzaso company to create new paths with Ale was born from sharing a dynamic life philosophy31 January 2020
Ale Zeni and the Karpos team are mountain people. The need and willingness of the Fonzaso company to create new paths with Ale, to build the future together, was born from sharing a dynamic life philosophy.
«Alessandro“ Ale ”Zeni is not only the strongest climber in the world in climbing on a plate – reads the Karpos statement – He is also an athlete who personifies our philosophy, our way of being, of experiencing the mountains and to relate to the people who live it. The desire to research, to explore, to respectfully respect the verticality that surrounds us is a common feeling that will accompany us on a journey of mountaineering projects, discoveries and adventures where we, souls in constant movement, love to move fast and light in materials and thoughts ».
«I was born in the Dolomites at the foot of the Pale di San Martino – comments Ale – from a sculptor father and a painter mother. From an early age I imagined I could be an artist too ...
Art. This has always been the password in our family, a sort of mantra that drove me to dream and to think that in life I wanted to create something new, something mine, a sculpture so beautiful that it could amaze and give emotions to those that they had looked at it. But as often happens, I soon realized that that gift did not belong to me, yet a flame continued to burn inside me, I felt it, I was sure of it.
I loved nature and outdoor life too much so one day I looked up and saw the mountains. Huge peaks rose above my head, simple stones for some, but to my child's eyes they looked like huge paintings to paint. I started climbing at 16 and I realized that everything came naturally to me, I liked that twirling in the air, feeling the emptiness under me, while listening to the sensations of my body. So I discovered I had a talent and almost without realizing it I improved very quickly. I refined my technique on the historic wall of Mount Totoga and in a few years I repeated most of the most difficult routes by Maurizio Zanolla aka Manolo. I was trapped by the beauty of plate climbing, a slow progress, an inner search that requires finger strength, patience, balance and sensitivity. In the climb I found my art and a reason to move and get to know the world. That continuous travel changed my eyes and my way of seeing through the rock.
After climbing hundreds of meters high mountains over the years and repeating many of the most difficult routes in the Alps, I managed to find my canvas only in a remote wall of the Val Canali: Il Bilico. I spiked this path and called it "Cosmic Energy" for which I proposed the grade of 9a +. In this line I found everything I was looking for and when one beautiful autumn day I climbed it I realized that years of dreams, hopes, travels and new friends were enclosed within that stone. Twelve years of climbing concentrated in 52 movements, my sculpture, the perfect plate in the perfect place.
To date, my path is far from finished, opening new itineraries of high difficulty in the mountains is the thing that most attracts me and for which I will devote most of my time in the future to grow further as a climber and as a person.
Karpos is a company that was born and raised a few steps from my home mountains and has therefore developed products capable of addressing and solving all these problems related to the world of climbing and mountaineering.
For this reason I am proud to be able to start this new collaboration and to have in my adventures in the mountains an additional safety on which to count in order to complete my climbs without losing the pleasures of being able to enjoy a sunset or admire the beauties that surround me from top of the mountains ».