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-