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Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 1, 2009 - 05:01pm PT
Italian alpinist Riccardo Cassin will turn 100 tomorrow, on January 2nd. As it's not every day that someone in our community turns 100, I thought we could start celebrating a little early. (It's now 2nd January in Italy.)
http://www.cassin.it/uk/riccardo.htm

(Re-posted to correct spelling error.)
Thorgon

Big Wall climber
Sedro Woolley, WA
Jan 1, 2009 - 05:06pm PT
That is a milestone for sure! Happy Birthday Riccardo!



Thor
Captain...or Skully

Trad climber
North of the Owyhees
Jan 1, 2009 - 05:11pm PT
Yabba dabba....That's an OLD Dad.

Best wishes.
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Jan 1, 2009 - 05:21pm PT
Congrats!

What if he autographed some vintage 'biners and auctioned them off to benefit Bridwell?

i have some to contribute, thought the 'JCA' stamp would devalue them...
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2009 - 05:24pm PT
There must already be hundreds of thousands of carabiners autographed (stamped) with the word "Cassin". And other odds and ends... Dating from the 1930s onward. He sure invented, and manufactured, a lot of stuff. :-)
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 1, 2009 - 05:38pm PT
Glad you stopped by Riccardo!

I have been looking for a place to post this excellent Ken Wilson article and interview with Cassin. From Mountain 22, July 1972.











Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2009 - 07:33pm PT
Some current articles about Cassin.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/riccardo-cassin-a-climber-who-leads-them-all-1056657.html

"A book, entitled Riccardo Cassin: Cento volti di un grande alpinista ("Riccardo Cassin: One Hundred Faces of a Great Alpinist"), has been produced to mark the occasion, containing one hundred testimonies from people connected with Cassin, including Edouard Frendo, Georges Livanos, John F. Kennedy, Reinhold Messner, Carlo Mauri, Walter Bonatti, Gianni Brera and Candido Cannav˛."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riccardo_Cassin

The Climbing Magazine interview:
http://www.climbing.com/community/perspective/riccardo_cassin-the_full_interview/index3.html

And a whole bunch that are in Italian and German, including this one from his home town of Lecco:
http://www.comune.lecco.it/news.jhtml;jsessionid=6788E05146DB35EC75C4125192DE542D?param1_1=N11e910c31fd47987d06
They seem to be putting up a statue of him.
WanderlustMD

Trad climber
DC Area (it's as bad as you've heard)
Jan 1, 2009 - 08:23pm PT
Congrats on the milestone!
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jan 1, 2009 - 08:33pm PT
100???

Some of us better start pacing our output.
....................nah.

100 cheers for Riccardo!!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jan 1, 2009 - 10:28pm PT
This is great. Following this line of thinking, maybe some of you aren't familiar with Giusto Gervasutti's book, "Gervasutti's Climbs" (1957). I can't recommend this book highly enough. Just incredible. You can find it inexpensively online. Back in 1975 Guido here, lent me his copy. Since then I have got my own and re-read the entire volume. It is not large. But vibrates.

best, ph.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 2, 2009 - 12:31am PT
E. Buttress , Grandes Jorasses
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Jan 2, 2009 - 03:25am PT
Jeez, if I live to be 100.

Buon Compleanno Riccardo
Alan Rubin

climber
Amherst,MA.
Jan 2, 2009 - 09:07am PT
I know that there is a recurring, and ultimately meaningless and futile, debate as to who is the "greatest" climber of all time,but there is in my mind no doubt that Cassin should be on any short list for that recognition, and the fact that he not only survived a long-lasting career at the cutting edge of climbing during a period when so many of his contemporaries did not, but has now made it to 100 just adds to his legend. Happy Birthday Ricardo and best wishes for still more to come.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 2, 2009 - 09:43pm PT
How to say "Happy Birthday" in 147 different ways.

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'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jan 2, 2009 - 11:00pm PT
Wow! Fabulous milestone for one of our best ever.

Happy Birthday, Riccardo - way to send!
mongrel

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Jan 4, 2009 - 03:55pm PT
Wow. Happy Century Mark. It just staggers the mind. It's incredibly heartwarming that one of the absolute greats of all time has lasted all this while, leading the way technically and in spirit, but obviously exceptionally supportive of teammates and indeed climbers generally. Never hurts to repeat the line that I think Long or somebody attributed to Bridwell (or wherever it originally comes from), it won't matter in the end what you've managed to get up, it's how many people you've helped along the way. I guess directly or by inspiration both count! Cheers to a great guy.

Can't helped but comment on one line in the interview posted above, to the effect of having had 27 homemade pitons and placed them 55 or 56 times. It isn't 100 percent clear which of the three great FAs that refers to, seemingly the Walker. If I recall this route is somewhere around 30-35 pitches, so they would have been placing an average of less than one piton per pitch. Even if that doesn't count belays, this is ridiculously few placements!! At that era, I would guess that the concept of protection for its own sake didn't really exist, you just 4th classed until you got to a tough move, banged in a pin, clipped and yarded on it, then climbed on. The Diagonal Crack to which he refers is probably 5.9 or 10a OW and was obviously climbed 4th class. Wow again.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 4, 2009 - 04:54pm PT
The man got the best route on the biggest, baddest mountain that we have to offer.


From World Mountaineering by Audrey Salkeld, 1998.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 10, 2009 - 03:08pm PT
Another shot of a crowd on the Walker Spur from A History of Mountain Climbing by Roger Frison-Roche and Sylvain Jouty, 1996.

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 25, 2009 - 01:29am PT
An interesting view of the Walker Spur from On Ice and Snow and Rock by Gaston Rebuffat, 1971.

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 22, 2009 - 03:14pm PT
Cassin Bump!!!
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