Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bruno Detassis

Born in Trento in June 1910 in a working-class family (his father Antonio was a carpenter and important member of the Trentino trade unions of the time). 
He is the progenitor of a great mountaineering school influenced for half a century by his extraordinary personality. He opened up over 200 routes in the Dolomites, including the north face of Upper Brenta in the Brenta Dolomites in August 1934 with the mountain guides Enrico Giordani and Ulisse Battistata.
Bruno Detassis climbing, with beret, of course
 In 1939 he moved from Piedmont to run the ski school in Madonna di Campiglio (where he continued to live until his death in 2008). 
Since 1949 he has managed the Brentei refuge in the heart of the Brenta Dolomites. He is also known for many rescue operations. In December 1957 he led the first Trentino expedition in Patagonia. 

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