Federica Mingolla credits old-fashioned fortuity for the unearthing of her passion for climbing. Mingolla excelled from a young age, showing marked improvement climbing artificial walls and by the age of fourteen, she was competing with the best Italians on the circuit.
It wasn’t she scaled her first outdoor rock face that she truly found her calling in life, Mingolla loved outdoor climbing so much, she transferred her skills gained from indoor climbing and excelled even further. The passion for the sport had led to many sponsors reaching out to her to support her on her climbs, this isn’t to say she is able to make a living from climbing, she is “half amateur and half professional,” in her own words.
Climbing has become so much a part of Mingolla’s lifestyle, she openly admits that the new addition of Sports Climbing to the 2020 Olypmics games may not be for her. “To compete at the Olympic Games I would have to go back to climbing artificial walls and give up alpinism and outdoor climbing. I really don’t want that.” The feeling of being outdoors and relishing in a true passion for something seems to far outweigh the desire to life a medal.
What’s next for Federica Mingolla? Well, Everest is off the cards as it’s “too long and too cold”, instead she is reaching for warmer climes, and climbs. The Filtz Roy in Patagonia is her “dream mountain”, if her past determination and application is anything to go by, she’ll be reaching the summit this time next year.
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