From the Andes to the Himalayas, from Fitzroy to Makalu and to the Tower of Mustagh, without forgetting the West face of the Drus, Guido Magnone had established himself as one of the giants of mountaineering in the Fifties. A former student of fine arts and swimming champion he is among those adventurous spirits who dared attack the roof of the world. His was a bravery that at the time was considered the pre-cursor to the imminent landing and first steps of man on the Moon. Today, at ninety, Guido Magnone still emanates the same passion for challenge and recalling his memories makes him vibrant. He talks to us of the terrible winds, which sweep the Argentinean Patagonia; he recalls the Nepalese Sherpas and their mystic fascination for the gods of the peaks. He recalls as well his twenty years at the head of UCPA - Union Nationale Des Centres Sportifs De Plein Air (Outdoor Activity Holiday Specialists) to hand down the desire and the pleasure of outdoor sport to the young generations. Returning to his old passion, Guido shares with us the atmosphere in his sculpture workshop, filled with ropes and karabiners to move the works of art… among them a brass mountain troll coming directly from the Indian tales of the Fitzroy, that he presented to the village of Etrouble in Val d’Aosta, in Italy.
JEAN MICHEL RODRIGO