Passed away last night the great italian mountaineer
14 September 2011
Walter Bonatti, one of the most iconic alpinist of the world, has died last night, aged 81.
If we should think to a man representing alpinism and exploration of unknown spaces, bravery and substance, grace and power, light of impossible undertaking and darkness of despair, this has been for sure Walter Bonatti. The archetype of a man of adventure, but also a man against.
Against all. The hero that every alpinist, once in his life, dreamed to be, even for a minute. Not even slanders by the chief of a kind of regime expedition as it was the Italian expedition to K2 in 1954 could cloud his figure of an hero and anti-hero- His undertakings are numerous, but not countless, each has something special, extraordinary, artistic.
The toss of the rope to the scales of Dru and the ascent of the cable to the summit during the first climb of the west pillar (since then Bonatti Pillar) remain for ever in the history of alpinism
Walter Bonatti on Wikipedia
Via Bonatti alle Petites Jorasses
Bonatti Trilogie - Mont Bianc