Bertrand Delapierre: Yes, Marco was a buddy before anything else. We were in the same gang, we did a lot of snowboarding together, even though I was obviously far behind him!
We had a very healthy relationship, without any competitive spirit, as you can often see, even within roped parties.
Since then, I’ve made a lot of videos with other snowboarders, like Xavier De Le Rue for example. But I have never been this close to anyone. You don’t make friends like that just because the guy is good in the mountains. It goes beyond that.
He remains THE figureof high altitude snowboarding
BD: He remains THE figure of high altitude snowboarding, notably thanks to Everest and Norton; even if, in the end, he didn’t go that much in the Himalayas.
At the time, it was inspiring to see a guy who wasn’t a guide, who wasn’t from around here, or who had not five generations of ancestors
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