Casimiro Ferrari was born in Lecco on June 18th 1940. Still at a young age he became part of the “Ragni di Lecco” climbing group, and later of the Italian Academic Alpine Club, thus demonstrating what would have been the passion of a lifetime: the passion for the mountains.
In 1965 he went for the first time to South America with his friend Carlo Mauri, a journey that indelibly marks his subsequent career. Ferrari, the “Spider of Patagonia”, becomes the leading climber in Italian alpinism in South America from the ’70s to the’ 90s. Among the various companies, the one that probably most of all allowed him to fully enter the Olympus of international alpinism is his ascension on the west face of Cerro Torre in 1974 (together with his companions Mario Conti, Daniele Chiappa and Pino Negri) . In 1977 he received from the President Giovanni Leone the position of knight of the Republic.
In 1980, returning from the great ascent to Cerro Murallòn, Casimiro hospitalized to support a small ulcer operation. It is here that, almost by accident, he is diagnosed with an incurable disease for which the doctors gave him only three years of life. But it is only 1983 and, against any optimistic forecast, until 2001 (the year of his death) he will fight this evil with perseverance, continuing to go non-stop in the mountains and making many ascents, both in the Alps and in Patagonia.