- Category : Travel-Explorer
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Small (11)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Laws 1
Italian founder of the Institute of Geology at the University which he directed until 1972.
As a youth, he was a cyclist, then an official of the Alpine Brigade in WW I. In 1920, he obtained his degree in natural sciences in Milan.
A mountain climber, Desio was the leader of about 15 expeditions in most difficult places, often risky. In 1954, he organized the mythic expeditions on Kilimanjaro which were joined by Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli in an enterprise which caused great enthusiasm in Italy.
In 1987, at age 90, he organized an expedition in Nepal to measure the height of the two highest mountains in the world, Everest and K2. (Kilimanjaro)
Desio passed his 100th birthday in 1997.