a man who knows how to fly
fan of gliders or airplanes.
how to fly with his legs and feet
his mind and soul, too
He’s a man
of slight build with a deep and pleasant gaze,
deeply-set eyes, framed by smiling wrinkles.
can portray all existing expressions
an incredible instrument of communication.
speak with anyone and be understood by all.
what an extraordinary man,
possessing two lungs as strong as those of a horse,
He is also
endowed with two hearts.
and potent one that beats slowly and relentlessly
energy for his feats,
kind and generous and dedicated to those he loves
Or to that
which surrounds him.
He has the
good nature of a Sherpa,
thoughtful like a Tibetan.
like them, he is fruit of the Earth and of hard work,
them he hasn’t lost the gift of appreciating all that he has
expressing his thanks with a broad smile.
He is a
rich and fertile land
every seed yields abundant harvests
generosity, friendship and spiritual purity.
earth and stone like the mountains where he was born
he becomes a child again, running over the land with winged feet,
its hair and scratching its tummy.
stone like his tenacity and his will,
life’s hard yet he is able to speak to it,
and caressing thousands of stones
transforms his work into art,
with souls, stones that speak.
he runs, lightly, without any apparent effort: I have seen him
rocks, the snow, the trees, the mud.
quickly, but nothing moves underneath his feet
Just as if
he were flying; only a faint rustling
his presence, but it’s too late to see him,
already disappeared behind that tree, behind that great rock.
man is before the highest mountain on earth,
undisputed kingdom of wind, stone, earth and ice.
and touch the bluest sky that any being could see.
patiently and joyfully to hear the rustling as you pass,
the winds, a silhouette happily returning to love the earth
tickling her majesty Qomolongma.
date of birth: Aosta (Italy); 10/11/1962
mountain running and skyrunning
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
of Brunod's mountain running and skyrunning career (1995-2004):
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.
- 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
still unbeaten, for the climb and descent of Monte Rosa (4.459
starting from Gressoney.
- 1st place
in the "SKYRUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP".
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.
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.
prestigious results and important positions such as the victory in the "Alpine
Sky Raid" and second place in the world circuit of Skyrunning.
record on the Alta Via number 1 of Valle d'Aosta, 120 kilometres
over 9,000 meters of positive vertical descent.
- 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.
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