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Climber Walter Bonatti dead at 81

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Climber Walter Bonatti dead at 81

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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.