Walter Bonatti

1930 - 2011

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Walter Bonatti (Italian pronunciation: [ˈvalter boˈnatti]; 22 June 1930 – 13 September 2011) was an Italian mountaineer, alpinist, explorer and journalist. He was noted for many climbing achievements, including a solo climb of a new alpine climbing route on the south-west pillar of the Aiguille du Dru in August 1955, the first ascent of Gasherbrum IV in 1958, and, in 1965, the first solo climb in winter of the North face of the Matterhorn on the mountain's centenary year of its first ascent. Immediately after his solo climb on the Matterhorn, Bonatti announced his retirement from professional climbing at the age of 35, and after 17 years of climbing activity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Bonatti has received more than 336,689 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia. Walter Bonatti is the 12th most popular mountaineer (up from 15th in 2019), the 1,365th most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,640th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Italian Mountaineer.

Walter Bonatti is most famous for being the first person to climb all six of the great north faces of the Alps in one winter.

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Over the past year Walter Bonatti has had the most page views in the with 107,867 views, followed by English (33,706), and German (27,823). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Portuguese (45.97%), Basque (39.90%), and Malagasy (38.80%)


Among mountaineers, Walter Bonatti ranks 12 out of 56Before him are Horace Bénédict de Saussure, Junko Tabei, Jerzy Kukuczka, Edward Whymper, Hermann Buhl, and Jacques Balmat. After him are Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, Achille Compagnoni, Wanda Rutkiewicz, Maurice Herzog, Matthias Zurbriggen, and Lino Lacedelli.

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Among people born in 1930, Walter Bonatti ranks 83Before him are Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen, Richard Donner, Ben Gazzara, Luce Irigaray, Thomas Williams, and Michel Serres. After him are William C. Campbell, Pavel Popovich, Robert Loggia, Barbara, Son Sen, and Ernst Albrecht. Among people deceased in 2011, Walter Bonatti ranks 63Before him are Valentin Ivanov, William Lipscomb, Madame Nhu, Dev Anand, Roberts Blossom, and Bubba Smith. After him are Daniel Bell, Richard Hamilton, Baruch Samuel Blumberg, Cliff Robertson, Itamar Franco, and Yelena Bonner.

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Among people born in Italy, Walter Bonatti ranks 1,365 out of 5,161Before him are Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727), Carlo Gambino (1902), Liliana Cavani (1933), Alfredo Ferrari (1932), Battista Farina (1893), and Renato Dulbecco (1914). After him are Giovanni Girolamo Saccheri (1667), Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz (1936), Musa of Parthia (-40), Franco Alfano (1875), Claudio Magris (1939), and Gaius Asinius Pollio (-76).


Among mountaineers born in Italy, Walter Bonatti ranks 2Before him are Reinhold Messner (1944). After him are Achille Compagnoni (1914), Lino Lacedelli (1925), Riccardo Cassin (1909), Ardito Desio (1897), Vittorio Sella (1859), and Simone Moro (1967).