Famous Italian Mountaineers

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 1 Reinhold Messner

Reinhold Messner
Famous As: First to Climb All Fourteen Peaks Over 8,000 Metres (26,000 Ft) Above Sea Level
Birthdate: September 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brixen, Italy

Italian mountaineer and explorer Reinhold Messner teamed up with Austrian mountaineer Peter Habeler to be the first to climb Mount Everest without using oxygen cylinders. He is also the first to complete a solo ascent of Everest and the first to climb all the 14 mountain peaks that stand above 8000m.

 2 Simone Moro

Simone Moro
Famous As: Mountaineer, Helicopter pilot
Birthdate: October 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bergamo

 3 Walter Bonatti

Walter Bonatti
Famous As: Mountaineer Known for Solo Climb of 'Aiguille du Dru'
Birthdate: June 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bergamo, Italy
Died: September 13, 2011

Walter Bonatti was an Italian explorer, mountain climber, and journalist. He made a solo climb of a new route on the southwest pillar of the Aiguille du Dru in August 1955, among other achievements. He retired from mountaineering at the age of 35 and pursued a career as a reporter. He also wrote several books on mountaineering.    

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 4 Achille Compagnoni

Achille Compagnoni
Famous As: Former mountaineer, skier together with Lino Lacedelli on 31 July 1954 he was in the first party to reach the summit of K2
Birthdate: September 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Caterina di Valfurva, Italy
Died: May 13, 2009

Achille Compagnoni was a Lombard skier and mountaineer best remembered for his expedition to K2, the second-highest mountain in the world. Compagnoni was among the men who reached the summit of K2 on 31 July 1954. As a skier, Achille Compagnoni took part in the fourth edition of Trofeo Mezzalama where he helped his team finish second.

 5 Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi

Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi
Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: January 29, 1873
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: March 18, 1933

The son of Spanish king Amadeus, Prince Luigi Amedeo, also known as the Duke of the Abruzzia, was a passionate mountaineer and explorer, who scripted history by becoming the first to climb Mount St. Elias in Alaska. He also conquered the world’s second-highest peak, K2, and even explored parts of Africa.

 6 Lino Lacedelli

Lino Lacedelli
Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: December 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Died: November 20, 2009

 7 Hans Kammerlander

Hans Kammerlander
Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: December 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bolzano, Italy
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 8 Tamara Lunger

Tamara Lunger
Famous As: Ski Mountaineer
Birthdate: June 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bolzano, Italy

 9 Riccardo Cassin

Riccardo Cassin
Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: January 2, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Italy
Died: August 6, 2009

 10 Quintino Sella

Quintino Sella
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 7, 1827
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingdom of Sardinia
Died: March 14, 1884

After studying engineering and mineralogy, Quintino Sella taught math and mineralogy for a while before stepping into politics. He later served as the minister of finance of a newly unified Italy. Sella also convinced King Victor Emmanuel II to make Rome the capital after the French withdrew from the city.