Antonio Bettanini

The visionary mountaineer

This is an abstract from the introduction to the posthumous book Il cielo di Kabul by Nando Rollando, the Italian alpinist, who died on Mount Blanc in 2014 but first managed to bring skiing to war torn Afghanistan. Although only a recent addition to a long history of positive Italian relations, his diary notes narrate an extraordinary adventure in a scenario we could not even imagine experiencing.