Michele Pontrandolfo lives in Pordenone in Italy, the area where he was born in 1971, at the foot of the Alps and Dolomites.
For 30 years now he has undertaken every type of sport imaginable. At a very young age he began frequenting cross-country running organisations, and became acquainted with the mountains when, at the age of 12, he began walking the Alpine passes of the Alps and Dolomites. He continued his school studies in advertising graphics.
After completing his military service, in 1994 he acquired his international parachuting licence, completing over 400 freefall jumps from an altitude of 4,000 metres.
To date, he is the only Italian to have attempted the mother of all expeditions three times: the lone crossing of the Arctic Ocean as far as the geographic North Pole. Michele has crossed Greenland entirely, first from east to west, then from south to north, crossing the world’s third largest glacier in four separate expeditions and reaching the geomagnetic and magnetic North Pole, again in solo expeditions.
He has consolidated experience in the Poles, acquired over almost twenty years, and has undertaken fifteen polar expeditions, ten of which on his own.
He has written two books about his feats: ‘Stella in capo al mondo’ (Star On Top of the World) and ‘Viaggio dentro al ghiaccio’ (Journey Inside Ice).
He has worked with the Italian broadcasters RAI and Mediaset as well as Sky for many years.