Today I'm extremely sad. Yesterday a Great Man left us. Great Bruno Detassis has terminated his long life on earth. Last night he had dinner and, unlike other days, drank two glasses of wine instead of one. Then he had a smoke and shortly afterwards went to bed. He left us just as a candle flame extinguishes, serenely. This is what his son Claudio told me.
I visited him this morning. I saw him for the last time. He was on his bed, dressed for a celebration, in his Mountain Guide suit. He was beautiful, serene, it looked as if he was asleep. I embraced him for the last time. I know that he wasn't sad and I remembered the last time we met on 18 March. We had had a pleasant chat.
Bruno and I were good friends. What sprung to our minds in the past will continue to do so in the future. When you talk of "morra" you always refer to Bruno. When you go to the Brenta Dolomites you always talk about him. When you looks at Cima Crozzon he's always there. If you climb Campanile Basso, Detassis is always mentioned. And this will continue to be the case because Bruno has left us in body, but not in spirit.
I remember when I walked past the Brentei Refuge to climb on my own. He asked me where I was heading. I told him I didn't know. And he answered: "You don't know but I do!" Memories etched in my mind. He was 80 when we reached the summit of Cima Presanella together. It was an unforgettable moment. Or two years later when together with Andrea Sarchi and Mario Bertamini we climbed Spigolo della Madonnina on Brenta Alta. Incredible!
Ciao Bruno, you’ll always remain in my heart and I'll take you to the mountains with me. Thank you for everything you gave and taught me. You were a Great Master, the King of the Brenta, now and forever. Ciao, a tender embrace like the one we gave each other a short while ago.
Ciao, your friend Ermanno Salvaterra.
Bruno Detassis "the king" of Brenta with Georges Livanos "Le Grec" at Brenteï 1959
Attempt with Georges Livanos Cima Tosa
In 1962, Georges Livanos
, Il Greco
, made two attempts on the Cima Tosa of the Torre Gilberti with Bruno Detassis, Marcus (Marc Vaucher) and Baffo (Roger Lepage). Bad weather forced them down to the Brenteï refuge. It is then that Bruno refused to go for a third attempt, which was to be successful, giving the following reason:
"I have never put a foot on an étrier, it is not at my age (52 years old then) that I will start
". This style of climbing, using aid and many pegs was not to the taste of Bruno, the pure "libero"!
(Sonia Livanos) remembers that at Brenteï, Bruno
always had a pair of binoculars which he called: "il biocolo della verita
" with which he was following the climbers' progression.
Georges and Sonia livanos admired Bruno as a climber and remained very close friends until his death.
Bruno with Il Greco and members of his family
To celebrate their 1rst ascent of Cima Tossa, Bruno's wife prepared a big and nice cake which was shared with Bruno's family members.