Walter Bonatti

1930 - 2011

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Walter Bonatti (Italian pronunciation: [ˈvalter boˈnatti]; 22 June 1930 – 13 September 2011) was an Italian mountain climber, explorer and journalist. He was noted for his many climbing achievements, including a solo climb of a new 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 extraordinary 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 244,878 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Walter Bonatti is the 10th most popular mountaineer (up from 11th in 2019), the 1,316th most popular biography from Italy (down from 1,271st 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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Among mountaineers, Walter Bonatti ranks 10 out of 44Before him are Reinhold Messner, George Mallory, Horace Bénédict de Saussure, Junko Tabei, Hermann Buhl, and Edward Whymper. After him are Jerzy Kukuczka, Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, Maurice Herzog, Jacques Balmat, Achille Compagnoni, and Wanda Rutkiewicz.

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Among people born in 1930, Walter Bonatti ranks 89Before him are Michel Serres, Luce Irigaray, Jasper Johns, Ben Gazzara, Ivan Silayev, and Itamar Franco. After him are Gaafar Nimeiry, J. G. Ballard, Rod Taylor, Nguyễn Ngọc Loan, Friedrich Gulda, and Hilderaldo Bellini. Among people deceased in 2011, Walter Bonatti ranks 61Before him are Tom Gehrels, Maria Altmann, Michael Cacoyannis, Betty Ford, Bubba Smith, and Itamar Franco. After him are Amy Winehouse, Herbert A. Hauptman, Maria Schneider, Masahiro Hamazaki, Gunter Sachs, and Princess Antoinette, Baroness of Massy.

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Among people born in Italy, Walter Bonatti ranks 1,316 out of 4,088Before him are Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz (1936), Marcus Tullius Tiro (-103), Giovanni Giolitti (1842), Giambattista Pittoni (1687), Mario Bava (1914), and Andrea Cesalpino (1519). After him are Giovanni Papini (1881), Blessed Gerard (1047), Quintus Aurelius Symmachus (340), Indro Montanelli (1909), Roberto Calvi (1920), and Peter of Verona (1206).


Among mountaineers born in Italy, Walter Bonatti ranks 2Before him are Reinhold Messner (1944). After him are Achille Compagnoni (1914), Lino Lacedelli (1925), and Ardito Desio (1897).