18 May 12x 8000ers for Edurne
Today may18th, Spaniards Edurne Pasaban, Ferran Latorre, Juanito Oiarzabal, Asier Izaguirre and Alex Chicón topped-out Kangchenjunga 8.586 meters. About 20 alpinist “crowded” Camp4: Corean team of Mi Sun Go, the Spaniards, the Polish Kinga Baranovska, the Norvegian Jon Gangdal, and Italians Nives Meroi and Romano Benet. Edurne is the first woman to have climbed 12x8000ers; the Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is engaged in the final push Lhotse so might equal the number this week. Nives Meroi shortly communicated on sat phone the decision “to go back”.
We must say that, otherwise the others teams composed of many members, the two Italians can rely only in themselfes. This makes their mountaineering more fascinating, as well as harder the ascent, in reason of the weight they have to carry. In the website of Nives, her sister Leila writes that at 7500 meters near C4, the physical conditions of Romano were not good. Nives took some weight from Romano in her back-pack, but it was useless. At that point, she he had no doubt: she gave up the chance to make her attempt to 12tx8000ers, and started the descent with Romano to the base camp. Great Nives!
From Nives website