Federico, or as he was fondly known, “El Fede,” Campanini was an Argentine climber and mountain guide whose passion for the mountains and for life was contagious. Federico found solace and purpose in the mountains and he loved sharing his knowledge and love of them with everyone who knew him; the lives of his family, friends, clients, and many others were changed forever by his presence.
Federico was born in Mendoza, Argentina, near the Andes Mountains. Federico started climbing seriously after college and two years later he got his mountain guide certification in Argentina. Since then his passion for mountains, climbing and travel took him to different adventures and places in South America, such as Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Patagonia and of course his home land of Argentina. Federico moved to Utah (in the United States) in May 2006.
He began his U.S. guiding career in 2007 with RMI on Mt. Rainier in Washington. In his first year as an RMI guide he excelled in all aspects of the position. In his second year he was an assistant guide on Mt. McKinley, making him one of the few Argentines to have summited this mountain. At the end of his second season he had become a senior guide for RMI. Unfortunately, Federico was never able to use this well-deserved credential.
He prided himself on his cautiousness as a guide. When guiding, he carried two of everything for those “just in case” moments. Fede was also famous for his first-aid kit which was twice as large as a standard first aid kit. He also always brought an extra sleeping bag, even for a simple day of trekking; in 2005, while guiding in Patagonia, an individual had a seizure on the glacier and Federico assisted him and stabilized him until the helicopter arrived. He also participated in a rescue on Mt. McKinley last summer.
Federico became an EMT in 2007 and had plans on studying medicine. Fede was a professional and committed to his convictions. “Oh, the places you’ll go”, by Dr. Seuss inspired him with its simplicity and optimism. One of the last lines of the book is “Kid, you’ll move mountains,” which is what Federico did and continues to do.
Some of his words:
“Dicen que las aventuras verdaderamente grandes son aquellas que modifican el alma de quien las vive. En ese sentido, mi tierra y mi gente han sido la mas grande de todas.”
“Actitud es lo que determina una persona”
In emails and postcards to family and friends he always wrote: “Larga vida y propseridad para todos, saludos desde la osa mayor”