Friday, September 16, 2011

Walter Bonatti is dead

Italian mountaineer Walter Bonatti, considered by many the best in the world, died yesterday in Rome at 81 years of age, due to illness.

coffin of the mountaineer and writer and journalist, will be moved on Saturday to Lecco, a town bisected by the Alps mountains, where on Sunday the chapel was installed, according to Efe Dalai editorial, published the bulk of his literary work, based on his experiences and travels.

Fifteen-year career as a climber Bonatti turned into a legend. With 18 years he managed his first hit, climbing to the top of Grigna, mountain near Lecco.

From 1951 to 1959, jumped or tried to climb various parts of the Mont-Blanc (Italy-France), and K2 (Pakistan-China), his most controversial trip, which made 24 years and that almost cost him his life, without manage to reach the summit.

Bonatti retired from the profession in 1965 and was dedicated to travel and write numerous articles and books.

He sought the sources of the Amazon (Brazil), studied the tigers of Sumatra (Indonesia), proved that the author of "Moby Dick", Herman Melville, was actually imprisoned by cannibals in the Marquesas Islands, as he wrote in "Typee, a cannibal Eden "(1846), and explored solo around Cape Horn (Chile).

The mountaineer was awarded the "golden ax" in 2009 for his career, the highest civilian award that can receive a climber, and was the only person in the world holds the honorary citizenship of the Mont-Blanc, who received last summer.

The famous Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner, first crown the fourteen "eight thousand" (technically defined as the highest mountains in the world) said of Bonatti was the last great traditional climbers, as reported by the online edition of "Il Corriere della Sera ".

Today, the Italian Senate gave a minute of silence and words of tribute to the "greatest mountaineer of all time"

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