15 Jun Cassin Ridge for Valseschini and Manni
Fabio Valseschini and Eugenio Manni summited McKinley via Cassin Ridge on june 11.
Extraordinary success for the expedition of “Gruppo Gamma” of Lecco, Northern Italy as veteran Roby Chiappa, Massimiliano Gerosa and Giacomo Bianchi topped out the same mountain few days before on normal route, despite the very severe cold (- 34° Celsius).
The Cassin Ridge is a 3000 meters combination of steep ice and steep mixed, where terrain, altitude, hazardous weather conditions, lack of communications, difficult retreat, and perplexing route make it a big adventure upon the immense South Face of Denali.
Cassin ridge is one of the technical route in all of Alaska and one of the world’s greatest alpine climbs; it was first ascended on 1961 by Riccardo Cassin, Gigi Alippi, Luigino Airoldi, Romano Perego, Jack Canali and Annibale Zucchi and is highly considered by the alpinists.
Cheers to Fabio and Eugenio!
source: gruppo gamma
up climbing june 10 2009