Maurizio Zanolla

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Maurizio Zanolla
Manolo - Trento 2013.JPG
Manolo in 2013
Personal information
Born (1958-02-16) 16 February 1958 (age 60)
Occupationrock climber
Climbing career
Type of climber

Maurizio Zanolla also known as Manolo (born in Feltre, 16 February 1958) is an Italian rock climber and mountaineer.

Manolo is one of the first Italian free climber who became world-famous very young for his free solo ascents in the Dolomites. He is the first Italian ever to climb a route of the grade 8b ("l'Ultimo Movimento in Totoga" (Pale di San Martino)) in 1986 and of grade 8a in free solo on "Masala Dosa" on the wall of "San Silvestro" in 1992. He never took part to climbing competitions and contests.

In 1981, with another climber, Alessandro Gogna, he climbed the Aguglia of Goloritzè in Sardinia, initiating the original development of the Selvaggio Blu trekking route.

lists of notable routes climbed[edit]

Manolo indoor climbing in Trento, in 2013
  • 1 route of 9a+
  • 2 routes of 9a
  • 1 route of 8c+
  • 7 routes of 8c
  • 1 8b+ on sights
  • 1 8a in free solo

spitted[edit]

  • 9a+/5.15a:
    • Bimbaluna - Saint-Loup (SUI) - 20 January 2008 - repeat of the route François Nicole opened in 2004
  • 9a/5.14d:
    • Eternit - Vette Feltrine/Baule (ITA) - 24 August 2009 - first ascent, continue of O ce l'hai...o ne hai bisogno
    • Bain de Sang - Saint-Loup (SUI) - 2006 - repeat on route Fred Nicole opened in 1993
  • 8c+/5.14c:
    • Roby Present - Val Noana (ITA) - 24 March 2012 - first ascent, route Roberto Bassi
  • 8c/5.14b:
    • Eroi Fragili - Val Noana (ITA) - 5 March 2011 - first ascent
    • Stramonio - Val Noana (ITA) - 10 October 2010, first ascent
    • Thin ice - Terlago (ITA) - 25 April 2009 - route Nico Favresse, 2007
    • El sior Favonio - Fonzaso (ITA) - 2006 - first ascent
    • Diabloluna - Fonzaso (ITA) - 2006
    • L'Arte di Salire in Alto - Celva (ITA) - 2001 - route Rolando Larcher in 1992
    • The Dream - Val Noana (ITA) - October 1991 - first ascent
  • 8b+/5.14a:
    • Appigli Ridicoli - Vette Feltrine/Baule (ITA) - 1990 - nowadays graded as 9a
    • Il Maratoneta - Paklenica (CRO) - 1988
    • Malvasia - Dvigrad (CRO) - 1988
  • 8b/5.13d:
    • O ce l'hai… o ne hai bisogno - Vette Feltrine/Baule (ITA) - 1990
    • Ultimo Movimento - Totoga (ITA) - 1986 - first ascent and first Italian 8b ever

On sight[edit]

  • 8b+/5.14a:
    • Rock and Blues - Kalymnos (GRE) - 19 June 2009

Free Solo[edit]

  • 8a/5.13b:
    • Masala Dosa in Totoga, in San Silvestro cliff - 1992