“It was the exploits of my esteemed elders, whom I read about in Paris Match magazine, that nurtured my burgeoning passion for mountaineering. I was only five when I first saw photos of Walter Bonatti, who had opened a new solo winter route up the north face of the Matterhorn. I had no idea at the time that I would soon become that an icon of that same magazine and that it would make me the “spoilt kid” of mountaineering. By covering my greatest climbs for a wide audience, as it has reported on every mountaineering legend for over 60 years since [...]