Italian mountain climberDied when: 39 years 241 days (475 months)
Star Sign: Pisces
Leonardo Emilio Comici (21 February 1901 – 19 October 1940) was an Italian mountain climber and caver.He made numerous ascents in the Eastern Alps, particularly in the Dolomites (where he made over 200 first ascents during his career) and in the Julian Alps.
Comici was nicknamed the "Angel of the Dolomites".In the 1930s and 1940s Comici and other climbers (including Riccardo Cassin, and ) represented the Italian answer to the achievements of German climbers.
Comici perfected the Bavarian technique of mountain climbing, and began the era of "sixth grade" climbing (at that time the highest climbing grade considered humanly surmountable).
He was the inventor and proponent of using multi-step aid ladders, solid belays, the use of a trail/tag line, and hanging bivouacs, contributing greatly to the techniques of big wall climbing.