Newspaper’s article of our member Lodovico Marchisio

In the following web link there is the article of our member Lodovico Marchisio, on the newspaper, as evidence of passion (and the therapeutic role) of the mountains (even if no longer lived at 4000 meters), following a highly disabling pathology.

The article, in Italian, can be read here


A new finisher

Sergio De Leo, mountaineer and mountain photographer.

From the website he edited (, we draw the following biographical notes: he was born and lives in Aosta.

A great connoisseur of the Aosta Valley environments and mountains, who has been attending for over thirty-five years, he carries out an intense mountaineering activity throughout the Alps. Although he is not a mountain professional, he can boast a very respectable curriculum: he has in fact most of the great high difficulty itineraries of the Western Alps with the triptych par excellence: the north of the Grandes Jorasses, the Matterhorn and the Eiger.

In particular, the Macintyre and Plein sud (new route) at the Jorasses and the direct Bonatti al Cervino (second Italian), as well as some winter firsts and new routes.

He has made expeditions to the Himalayas, Alaska, Kenya and the Andes: many prestigious peaks climbed on these occasions, including five 8000m peaks and three different routes to Fitz Roy, in Patagonia.

Since 2006 he has been an academic of the CAI.

To the passion for the high mountains he combines that for photography: he has set up a personal exhibition entitled "Spaces and silences". Numerous images, together with texts, publications for sector magazines. It offers evenings and presentations with the shots taken both during the activity in the Alps and during the extra-European expeditions.

To Sergio goes to the warmest congratulations from the Club 4000 Board for having climbed all 82 4000 of the Alps with the Lauteraarhorn climb!


At 90 years old on the Breithorn, always looking forward

At 90 years old on the Breithorn, always looking forward   It is not the membership number of our Club (403), but the year of birth (1930) that amazes us. In effect Roberto Cantù, born in Milan but resident in Segrate, who will turn 91 on August 13, continues to frequent the mountains, and not just for walks (which, of course, would be a great thing ...). So, on 22 July, with his nephew Massimo and the guide Jacopo Zezza, he went up from Cervinia with the lifts (cable car and then, skis, with the ski lifts) up to Colle del Breithorn (3866 m), to then aim for on foot to the summit of Western Breithorn (4165 m).

He "contented himself" with stopping at the shoulder at an altitude of 4100 m, so as not to risk missing the cable car on his return. "Certainly not because I was short of breath," he tells us, in a very pleasant and long chat, when we reach him on the phone. «In fact, if we look at the pulsations», Roberto continues, «I always have them regular at 120 beats».

This is his 71 ascent above 4000 meters, and he tells us that it will also be the last. But he continues to go to the mountains all right: about once every two weeks, overcoming highly respectable daily differences in height (at 87 he was awarded the “Scarponcino d'oro”, which goes to the oldest who, in three social outings in three different excursions , has passed the various "tests", each time reaching a thousand meters in altitude).

On the other hand, Roberto has frequented the mountains since he was a child: at the age of 6 he was already sleeping at the Brioschi refuge on the Grignone; at 16 he climbed the Bernina, his first four thousand, and at 19 the Matterhorn from the Italian route (staying overnight at the Carrel hut, at 13 he was already returning to Cervinia, ready to go dancing ...).

In all, he reached 35 four-thousanders (here the list of his climbs), with not a few noteworthy exploits: among others, the south face of Punta Parrot, the spur of Brenva, the Rey ridge at Dufour, the south ridge of the Lyskamm.

Representative in the textile field for 49 years, married without children for 40 (his wife moved on in 2005), member of CAI SEM (Milanese excursionist society), Roberto continues to be very active in the field of volunteering (the Municipality of Segrate has awarded the Ape d'oro, equivalent to the Milanese Ambrogino). He is also a great practitioner of skiing in all its forms: from participation in large ski mountaineering rallies, to ski competitions (again in 2017 he became Italian champion for the master category in giant slalom).

His secret? Always be on the move and always look forward, towards the future. On the other hand, he bought a hybrid car already eight years ago ...  

The warmest and most heartfelt congratulations from all the Club4000 Board of Directors go to Roberto Cantù    

Luca Gibello


Il Club 4000, Gruppo del Club Alpino Italiano, sezione di Torino, riunisce gli alpinisti che hanno salito almeno 30 vette superiori ai 4000 m sulle 82 dell'elenco ufficiale UIAA.

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