Turns out, the interesting, passionate people we talk to here at Do Shit Magazine, know all the other interesting, passionate people in the whole entire world. With like one degree of separation. So whenever we interview someone, the last question we always ask is “Who should we talk to next?”
One of the rad people that we were chatting to recently mentioned that we should ask Mr Matty Deck about what’s he’s been up to lately. Word on the street is, he’s been doing some cool shit. So we dropped the man a line, and here he is, in all his adventurous glory.
MRD: Matthew Robert Deck. I live in Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains, Australia. I’m an aspiring mountaineer, snowboarder, bike rider, slack liner and basically anything outdoors, I’m into. I’m a carpenter in summer and have just opened a snowboard shop in Thredbo for winters.
DSM: Bullshit. That’s too much shit for one man to do. Prove it. Tell us what you’ve been up to in the last little while…
MRD: For the last three and a half months I travelled South America with my two best mates, hiking, drinking and carrying on, getting a taste for some bigger mountains. For the last month I was on my own and just tried to smash out as many summits as I could, with the goal of getting over 6000m on a mid-technical climb. So I pushed out some big summits in Peru and was reading about a volcano in Ecuador called ‘Chimborazo’.
‘Chimborazo sits at 6230m, and, due to its positioning on the equator, is actually the furthest possible point you can be from the earths core. After reading about it, the idea of climbing it consumed me…’
I was lucky enough to get on an acclimatisation program which consisted of five summits in nine days: Paschoa (4200m), Guaga Pichincha (4794m), Mt Illiniza (5116m), Cotopaxi (5897m), Chimborazo (6310m) and Illiniza (5116m)
Cotopaxi was the first real challenge, with the whole summit in crampons and ice axes, crossing glaciers.
‘Its the worlds highest active volcano and on the summit, due to snow melt, you have to be very careful of volcanic rock hurtling down.’
Chimboazo was a lot harder than I gave it credit for, to be honest. We departed at 11pm and I got no sleep the night before. We got back at around 3-4pm the following day, and it was the most strenuous and difficult climbing I’ve ever done. I got to the top with no signs of altitude sickness and it was amazing, but it’s the descent that is often the most dangerous part, due to complacency I guess from the elation you get from finishing.
‘Altitude really fucks with you. If you lose your wits a little and up there… Any slip up you make has very serious ramifications on all of your team because you are roped in together.’
You need to be on point. You are always extremely focused on yourself and everyone around you. But we made it and it was bloody epic.
‘Well, you only get cool stories when you go out and do cool shit!’
DSM: More importantly, apart from your adventurous spirit, what is your sexiest feature?
DSM: If, god forbid, you got hit by a falling piece of volcanic debris, or stacked your bike/snowboard real bad, or fell off a highline, what would you want your last words to be?
‘My last words? Probably, “I hope someone’s fucking filming this thing.” Were you hoping for something deeper? I’m not deep.’
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Some of these epic pics by Robbie Duncan.
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