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Climber Walter Bonatti dead at 81

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Climber Walter Bonatti dead at 81


The mountaineering world is mourning the death of the legendary Italian climber Walter Bonatti.

He died of cancer in Rome aged 81.

Bonatti’s daring made him a pioneer of little known and technically difficult routes particularly in the Alps, the Himalayas and Patagonia in the 1950s and 60s.

He was the first to make a solo ascent of the north face of the Matterhorn during winter in 1965.

He was awarded the French Legion d’Honneur for saving the lives of two fellow climbers after a disaster in the Alps.

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