Saint Elia Mount (5489 m.), between Canada and Alaska, was climbed for the first time in 1897, by Luigi Amedeo di Savoia, Duke of Abruzzi. The Rusconi expedition attempted the conquest of the peak tracing a new way, but after unsuccessful efforts, the team gave up and followed the ancient route of the Duke.
Gianni Rusconi, was born in Valmadrera on 28 March, 1943. He is an Alpine Guide and a Mountaineering National Instructor. After having climbed several times the hundreds of different ways on their home mountains such as the Corni di Canzo, the Grigne and the Resegone, Andrea Frigerio and Gianni Rusconi start to climb the traditional ways in the Dolomites, Mount Blanc and Cervino. In 1967 their passion for more and more difficult and new challenges, pushes them to attempt a winter ascent of the difficult and never repeated classic ways, or even to open new ways - and all taking place in winter.