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Ferronato Camillo Roberto

Roberto (christian name, but called Camillo in his first youth) Ferronato is born in Aosta, February the 7th, 1953 and he lives in the Fraction of Plan Félinaz (municipality of Charvensod at the foot of the Becca di Nona) or, as it was called by the inhabitants of the first Fifties when the country was born in a golena of expansion of the stream Dora Baltea, "Pian of Felina", the ancient "Fenina" meaning a place for the pasture of the "feyes" or goats.
Even if he will have a different destiny he too has to work all the same for six seasons as a young sheperd at the Little Saint Bernard, to help his family in the difficult moment after the second war.
After that there's the even harder period as a hodman in a building yard helping the jobbers of the plaster (currently because of this profession he's a retired artisan). Despite this hard job, he doesn't disdain sport devoting himself, not to deny himself, to a hard and fatiguing sport as the lifting of weight. In 1971, under the programs of his trainer Pietro Creux said "Pierino", he goes to Catania where he conquers a bronze medal at the Students National Championships of weight lifting in the Category Medium. In the meantime, since, as he usually says, "a chance in life is not denied even to a dog", he's initiated into mountaineering by the already more experienced fellow-townsman Osvaldo Cardellina; he will succeed in measuring himself on the great regional mountains and they'll open together different new routes, most of them in the Emilius Mountain range, overhanging their village and placed among the Central Valley of the Dora Baltea and the neighbouring ones of Cogne, Grand Brissogne and Saint-Marcel. This association, lasted for over ten years, will diminish from winter 1981 /82, when Roberto, who had started in the meantime with bob-sleigh, wins another bronze medal at the Italian Championships of 4 people team bob-sleigh, while his companion of rope has taken already in hand the fates of the Aosta Kick 1911 as trainer of the first team: a little progressive removal from the common passion, as it often happens in life. In 1982 starts the diversification of affairs, even if they will realise other nostalgic ascents, but desultorily.

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