A Climber We Lost: Carlo Alberto “Cala” Cimenti, February 8

Each January we post a farewell tribute to those members of our community lost in the year just past. Some of the people you may have heard of, some not. All are part of our community and contributed to climbing.

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You can read the full tribute to Climbers We Lost in 2021 here.


Carlo Alberto “Cala” Cimenti, 45, February 8

Carlo Alberto “Cala” Cimenti was a prodigious Italian alpinist who also spent decades on the cutting edge of ski mountaineering. He summited Mont Blanc for the first time when he was 12 years old with his father, and later developed an affinity for skiing off the summit of high-altitude mountains.

Cala Cimenti (Photo: Courtesy Cala Cimenti community)

On February 8, Cimenti and his partner Patrick Negro, also of Italy, were killed in an avalanche while ski mountaineering in the Upper Susa Valley, in Piedmont, Italy. Negro and Cimenti were not naive or inexperienced—they were seasoned ski mountaineers on home turf when unstable conditions and unfortunate circumstances converged.In 2011, Cimenti skied off the summit of Manaslu (8,163 meters). In 2015, he was the first Italian to win a Snow Leopard Award, given to climbers who’ve summited all five 7,000m peaks within the boundaries of the former Soviet Union. In 2019, Cimenti climbed and skied Nanga Parbat (8,126 meters), and just a few days later he played a vital role in rescuing a fellow climber off Gasherbrum VII.

Cimenti died six days before his 46th birthday and is survived by his beloved wife, Erika Siffedri.

–Owen Clarke and Steve Potter


You can read the full tribute to Climbers We Lost in 2021 here.