Silvio Mondinelli

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Silvio Mondinelli (nicknamed "Gnaro", born 24 June 1958), is an Italian mountaineer. In the year 2007, he became the 13th person to climb the 14 eight-thousanders. He is the 6th person to accomplish that feat without the use of supplementary oxygen. He was 49 years old when he summited the last of the 14 summits, an ordeal he started in 1993 and finished in 2007.

Broad Peak was the last peak he conquered to cement his place among the rare climbers who summited the 14 highest points on Earth.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Mondinelli began his mountaineering career by making several ascents in the Alps, especially Monte Rosa. In 1981 he became an Alpine Guide and from 1987 to 1991 he worked an a guide instructor. In 1984 he began climbing mountains outside of Europe, especially in North and South America, the Himalayas, and Karakorum.

2001 was undoubtedly one of the most important years of his career: in only five months he climbed four 8,000 meters peaks: Everest, Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II and Dhaulagiri. On 25 July 2004 he reached the peak of K2 (8611 m) and declared the success of the "K2 2004–50 years later" expedition.[3][4]

Mondinelli prepares his enterprises in extreme detail, beginning with training. Every day he runs uphill: 1200 meters difference in altitude, combined during the winter with Alpine skiing. In the evening he does one hour on the stationary bicycle to recover and loosen up his muscles. Gnaro is known not only for never having used oxygen during his climbs, but also for his extreme humanitarian gestures. During his expeditions he has often rescued other climbers in difficulty, often risking the success of his own expedition.[5]

Charitable work[edit]

In 2001, Mondinelli was among the founders of the "Amici del Monterosa ", the non-profit organisation that deals in developing the living conditions of the Nepalese people. In addition to maintaining the Namche Bazar School, the "Amici del Monterosa" were also involved in the construction of the Makelu hospital district in the region of Dhading (2005).

In the near future, the "Amici del Monterosa" are planning the construction of a professional school for tourism and hotel management in the vicinity of Katmandu.[6] Mondinelli, along with a team of expert mountaineers, climbers and researchers, has founded the High Mountain University, in Alagna, Lombardy, the first high mountain school open to all upland aficionados.[7]

Notable summits[edit]


Honors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The day after: Silvio Mondinelli, Broad Peak and all 14 8000m summits Planetmontain.com. 13 July 2007. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  2. ^ Climbers who have reached the summit of all 14 eight-thousanders. 8000ers.com
  3. ^ K2 2004 – 50 years later Everestnews.com. 8 July 2004. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  4. ^ Nanga Parbat: ‘Gnaro’ Mondinelli to Walter and Simon’s rescue Worpress.com. 20 July 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  5. ^ Mondinelli's bio and charitable work information. Ferrino.it. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  6. ^ Mondinelli's bio and charitable work information. Ferrino.it. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  7. ^ The High Mountain University with Silvio Mondinelli Ferrino.it. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  8. ^ Mondinelli's bio and charitable work information. Ferrino.it. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  9. ^ Silvio Mondinelli: Annapurna 2005 Everestnews.com, 2005. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  10. ^ it: Mondinelli nella storia: Nord e Sud senza ossigeno Montagna.tv. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  11. ^ it: References on the web portal of the Quirinal Palace. Retrieved 9 January 2013
  12. ^ it: References on the web portal of the Quirinal Palace. Retrieved 9 January 2013

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