For more on the history of the Club is read the article by Luciano Ratto It is written in the twentieth anniversary of its foundation
1990, august: the ALP magazine Monograph to 4000, entitled "The 4000 of the Alps" which includes a long written by Luciano Ratto ( "Collecting 4000"), in which, Ratto and Franco Bianco (first convinced collector in 4000 Italy), launched the idea of establishing a "Club of 4000 collectors", in order to identify which and how many such collectors, and propose a list of first reference of 87 waiting peaks of an official definition of 4000 of the Alps.
Curiously, until then, even though you knew that the collection of 4000 has always interested mountaineers, there were no certain and complete information about these collectors.
Was no exception Karl Blodig (1859-1956), famous Austrian mountaineer quoted in stories of mountaineering, which was said to have climbed all the peaks of 4000 meters, enough to be called "the king of 4000"; Research by Club 4000 pointed out that, in reality, Blodig has risen "only" 60.
Better than him was the British mountaineer Eustache Thomas (1869-1960), completely ignored by the stories of mountaineering, which, in just six years has risen 70. Of Blodig and Thomas the Club 4000 site gives news in other sections.
Another curiosity was the lack of a list of 4000 accepted by all: many climbers and mountain things scholars had proposed it, with total although little different from each other:
-Piero Falchetti, Gian Salvi, Franco Riva, Michel Vaucher, J.Chaubert: 88
-Helmut Dumler, Mario Vannuccini: 60
To these are added the aforementioned list of Rat and White with 87.
All these lists were the result of subjective evaluations. It made it so necessary to refer to the certification of an international body such as the UIAA