“El Fede”

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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”


10 comments on ““El Fede”

  1. mara eugenia EUGE on

    AMBER GRACIAS POR CREAR ESTA FUNDACION Y MANTENER VIVO A MI QUERIDO FEDE.Y GRACIAS POR HACERLO TAN FELIZ .SOY EUGENIA O BERENJENA COMO ME DICES TU AMBER TE QUIERO Y CONTA CONMIGO BESOS Y UN ABRAZO

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  2. Mercedes on

    Un saludos, desde Mendoza, la verdad es que se sufrió mucho durante todos esos días aca en Mendoza, y está muy bueno todo lo que están haciendo en memoria de él para ayudar a los demás montañistas….gracias….
    Mercedes

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  3. Gerardo on

    Amber soy Gerardo, nos conocemos de Chaltén, con mucha tristeza recibi la noticia, ya que los conocí a los dos, y ví lo que eran juntos.
    Particularmente actuamos juntos en la evacuación que mencionas en el glaciar del Torre, fui el segundo en llegar, porque estaba con mi grupo cerca de alli, Federico estaba inmobilizando la cabeza del accidentado, hicieron falta muy pocas palabras, eso fue sorprendente casi no nos conociamos, solo de hola y chau cruzandonos en los senderos; veniamos de reguiones distintas y de formaciones distintas (el de la EPGMT y yo de AAGM), pero manejabamos el mismo protocolo en esa situación, ya que yo llegue, le pregunté si se había comunicado CON PARQUES, reitere el llamada y empezamos a turnarnos en la mantención del accidentado, tanto de su calor (yo puse mi funda de vivac), como en el sosten de la cabeza (los dos sabiamos como hacer los cambios y movimientos), no hacía falta explicarnos nada, eso en el analisis posterior me sorprendio mucho, la importancia de manejar los mismos códigos. Fue una buena experiencia, y exitosa, y puedo afirmar que Federico era un profesional comprometido.
    Un fuerte abrazo y no desanimes

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  4. melanie martin on

    Fede was an amazing person and is missed dearly. And it was only fitting that he married such an amazing woman. Congratulations on the success and use of the mountain caches. We know that you have feaverishly and selflessly worked for the good of those that love the mountains, in hopes that noone else has to endure the hardships that you and your family have had to endure. We love you!

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  5. Todd Christensen on

    My daughter is a true inspiration to all who know her. Her Mom is proud and looks upon her as an angel would for her daughter. Keep up the way you make us all better by your courage and hard work.

    TC

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  6. gaston alvarez on

    siento una gran inspiracion al conocer a federico por sus relatos y averiguaciones de las que me encargue de realizar, no se por que pero cre odeberian reposar en a tranquilidad que fede tuvo una vida increible no es suficiente para traer paz al duelo eterno que haran por el pero espero en algo los reconforte saber que personas como yo sin conocerlo, ha despertado unas ganas de gustar por la vida increibles…vuelvo a repetirles …no se por que? mis respetos desde rio cuarto provincia de cordoba.

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  7. Luis Garcia Garavano on

    Hola Amber, como estas?? Tanto tiempo¡¡¡ Veo esas hermosas fotos y la verdad que me emociona mucho. El Fede sera por siempre nuestro “guia” de la amistad.
    Un beso y espero que estes bien.-

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