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 Mt. Everest 2005: I know a man who knows how to fly: Bruno Brunod


Update: I know a man who knows how to fly

He’s no fan of gliders or airplanes.

He knows how to fly with his legs and feet

and with his mind and soul, too

He’s a man of slight build with a deep and pleasant gaze,

Sparkling, deeply-set eyes, framed by smiling wrinkles.

His face can portray all existing expressions

And become an incredible instrument of communication.

He can speak with anyone and be understood by all.

Think of what an extraordinary man,

Besides possessing two lungs as strong as those of a horse,

He is also endowed with two hearts.

A strong and potent one that beats slowly  and relentlessly

Giving him energy for his feats,

The other kind and generous and dedicated to those he loves

Or to that which surrounds him.

He has the good nature of a Sherpa,

Simple and thoughtful like a Tibetan.

And just like them, he is fruit of the Earth and of hard work,

And like them  he hasn’t lost the gift of appreciating all that he has

Humbly expressing his thanks with a broad smile.

He is a rich and fertile land

Where every seed yields  abundant harvests

Made of generosity, friendship and spiritual purity.

He is earth and stone like the mountains where he was born

And where he becomes a child again, running over the land with winged feet,

Tousling its hair and scratching its tummy.

He is stone like his tenacity and his will,

His life’s  hard yet he is able to speak to it,

Shaping and caressing thousands of stones

Until he transforms his work into art,

Stones with souls, stones that speak.

And then he runs, lightly, without any apparent effort: I have seen him

Among the rocks, the snow, the trees, the mud.

He passes quickly, but nothing moves underneath his feet

Just as if he were flying;  only a faint rustling

Indicates his presence, but it’s too late to see him,

He’s already disappeared behind that tree, behind that great rock.

Now that man is before the highest mountain on earth,

The undisputed kingdom of wind, stone,  earth and  ice.

Fly, Bruno and touch the bluest sky that any being could see.

We’ll wait patiently and joyfully to hear the rustling as you pass,

Wind among the winds, a silhouette happily  returning to love the earth

After tickling her majesty Qomolongma.

Claudio Bastrentaz

Who is BRUNO BRUNOD

 

Place and date of birth: Aosta (Italy); 10/11/1962

Sport: mountain running and skyrunning

 

Bruno Brunod is 42 years old, married and the father of two children. Twice world champion of Skyrunning and holder of various speed records for climbing and descending some of the most important mountains in the world (Cervino, Monte Rosa, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro). He discovered cycling during his military service and gave immediate proof of his skill as a climber. He became a member of an amateur team in Brianza. The well-known cyclist Chiappucci was also a member and when he approached a hill, his fellows told him: "Position yourself behind Brunod and try to hang on". His humble nature and his homesickness for his mountains caused him to give up cycling. Even though he obtains the results of a professional athlete, Brunod retained the spirit of an amateur. He returned to his career as a mason, specialized in stone facings and roofs. He trained twice a day, once before dawn and again after sunset.

 

Almost as a diversion, Brunod entered the world of mountain running with immediate success, setting new records. Not content with this success, he rapidly made his way into skyrunning and in a short time became one of strongest in this sport.

 

 

Highlights of Brunod's mountain running and skyrunning career (1995-2004):

 

1995

- Record, still unbeaten, for the climb and decent of the Cervino starting from Breuil-Cervinia: 3:14.44, lowering the previous record set by Valerio Bertoglio by almost an hour.

 

1996

- 1st place in the "SKYRUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP" after winning three of the five races of the "FILA Skyrunning" world circuit.

- In the same year Brunod set the world record in the "Vertical Kilometer" in the Val d'Isere (France).

 

1997

- Record, still unbeaten, for the climb and descent of Monte Rosa (4.459

meters) starting from Gressoney.

 

1998

- 1st place in the "SKYRUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP".

 

2000

- Record for climb and descent of the Aconcagua, 6.962 meters (Argentina).

- Participated in the " Aconcagua 2000" project sponsored by FILA, the Autonomous region of Valle d'Aosta, the Federation for Sports at Altitude, and the Institute of Sport Science-CONI, setting the new record for climb and descent in 4 hours and 52 minutes, breaking the previous record of 5 hours and 57 minutes set by the French GMHM team in 1992. The record was reported on the national newspapers (Corriere della Sera, Tuttosport, Il Giorno), on all of the major South American newspapers, specialised magazines, the national television of Argentina and RAI3.

 

2001

- Record for climb and descent of Kilimanjaro, 5,895 meters (Tanzania). Climb and descent of the Marangu Route, using the classic ascent mode, in 8:34:52 covering a positive vertical descent of about 4,000 meters and a corse development of 80 kilometres from start to finish.

 

2002

- Other prestigious results and important positions such as the victory in the "Alpine Sky Raid" and second place in the world circuit of Skyrunning.

 

2003

- Course record on the Alta Via number 1 of Valle d'Aosta, 120 kilometres

long and over 9,000 meters of positive vertical descent.

 

2004

- Winner of the "Aosta-Becca di Nona" race.

- Winner of the Canazei (Trento, Italy) race of the Vincitore della gara di Canazei (Trento) "Skyrunning World Series" circuit.

- Winner of the finals of the "Buff Skyrunner World Series" in Malaysia.

Italian skyrunner Bruno Brunod will attempt the record for the fastest ascent and descent of Mt. Everest from North Side Base Camp without oxygen. Apart from Brunod, the expedition "Everest Vitesse 2005" is composed by 8 mountain guides and 1 medical researcher who will assist the skyrunner during his run. They will reach Tibet at mid April 2005 and they are mainly sponsored by the Aosta Valley Autonomous Region.

Updates

 

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