Andrea Imbrosciano went all over the world impassioning himself about good climbing and about better bolting (he indeed is a co-author of the climbing spots regulation commissioned by the Italian climbing associations). In short, over thirty years of mountaineering, maybe even if reluctantly, he has become a sort of spiritual leader with regard to rocks, smearing, and vertical bureaucracy.
Dental technician and prosthetist by profession, responsible for sports technician training Uisp Lega Montagna for the love of humanity, he for more than 12 years has carried out a country planning project for the development of the Alto Volturno land, through outdoor activities, with the Innatura asd association, quixotically pursuing his last utopia.
I've been meeting him a warm morning in June, at Orco, in the B&B Bed and Climb of Paola and Mauro. He was most of the time lying on the couch, carelessly playing with a Rubik’s cube.
…. but how are long those questions?
I would like to do a serious interview.
Well, then we need some wine!
Well Andrea, let's start. You are a kind of dinosaur: how was climbing in Central Italy during the far '80s? How did you start your games?
Eh, I really couldn't tell.
It's not easy for me because now I'd like to forget the past, to alleviate the difficulty of living the present.
In those days it was just like that: we were doing things without worrying about anything. No doubt, ethic was the greatest issue. But at that time even ethic depended on the moment of change that we were living.
We were trying to do something the other did not. In my town was the only practiced sport was football.
In Central and in Southern Italy I don't know... because I did not participate in the development of this Central Southern Italy. I knew first what happened in the province of Frosinone [a province of Lazio, in Central Italy, nde], then I had to deal with the Roman climbing [Rome is another province of Lazio, in Central Italy, nde], which is very different.
It was surely a world to discover, with rules, lies, falseness, cheating. But none of us was wondering about anything: we were used to performing without thinking.