14 August 2020Choc in the world of national and international mountaineering: the man who died today in Tavolara, who fell while climbing one of the highest parts of the island's cliff which is located on the north-eastern side of the Sardinian coast, is Giuliano Stenghel , a famous mountaineer from Rovereto who was at home in Gallura.

Sten, as his friends called him, had been a national mountaineering instructor since 1978, but also an emeritus instructor of the Cai and academic member of the GISM. A lover of mountains and great rock climbs, he was considered an acrobat of ascents. In the mountaineering world he was known as the "master of the friable" for his ability to move on difficult and extremely friable rocks even with few protections.

It may have been an excess of security on a cliff he knew very well that cost him his life. Stenghel lost his balance, crashing several times on the rocks below and ending up in the sea when he was already dead. The alarm was raised by people who were aboard a nearby boat. The Coast Guard intervened and brought the body back to the dock of the port of Olbia, trying to help the health workers, whose intervention proved useless.

For mountaineering enthusiasts and for all the people they have known it is a very serious loss. Giuliano Stenghel could boast the opening of 200 new routes and many first solo ascents. With the help of his best friends, he also dedicated a social initiative to his love for the mountains through the foundation of the "Serenella Onlus" association, named after his first wife Serenella, who died prematurely.