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Riccardo Cassin
Birth: Jan. 2, 1909
San Vito al Tagliamento
Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Death: Aug. 6, 2009
Lombardia, Italy

Mountaineer. In a career that stretched from the Alps to Asia to Alaska, he made around 2,500 climbs, including roughly 100 "first ascents", while developing equipment used by mountaineers the world-over. Born in northern Italy, he was mainly raised in Canada, where his father had gone for work (soon to be killed in a mining accident); returning to Italy in his teens, he settled in Lecco, where he worked in steel mills, and gained some repute as a boxer. Fascinated by the local mountains, he formed a group called the Spiders of Lecco around 1930; in 1934, he made the first ascent of the Piccolissima of the Tre Cime di Lavarado. Tackling the Swiss Alps for the first of many times in July, 1937, he climbed the northeast face of the Piz Badile over a route now known as the Via Cassin. Probably Cassin's most celebrated "first" came in August, 1938, up the Walker Spur in the Grandes Jorasses of the Mont Blanc massif. During WWII, he fought with the Italian Partisans against the Nazis, and was wounded, and decorated, in 1945. Up to 1947, Cassin had used mainly homemade equipment, and clothing made by his wife; that year he founded his own company in Lecco, producing a wide variety of pitons, crampons, harnesses, and other tools-of-the-trade; the firm continued operations until the Cassin logo was bought by rival firm C.A.M.P. in 1997. Though he continued climbing well into old age, he concentrated more on organization after cardiac problems prevented him from ascending K2 (in the Himalyas) in 1952. He did climb the Gassin Ridge of Mount McKinley in 1961, earning congratulations from President Kennedy. Cassin published his autobiography, "Fifty Years of Alpinism", in 1982; his honors include the Grand'Ufficiale dell'Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana (1980), and the Cavaliere di Gran Croce Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana in 1999. Today, his legacy is carried on by the Fondazione Riccardo Cassin. Of his life, he said: "The mountain is, and has been, my life. I have lived for her, have dedicated myself to her, I have always respected her, and she has given me all the satisfaction I could have had. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
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