Meroi and Benet focusing Annapurna

Difficult South wall in the plans of the italians

13 April 2009   Nives Meroi e Romano Benet, the italian alpinists that summited eleven 8000m peaks without supplementary oxygen, are again in action in Annapurna, being forced to change their plan to reach Kanchenjunga in reason of difficult political situation in Nepal. They now are attempting the south face of Annapurna, after having in past twice engaged the normal route up to the North Face. The South wall of Annapurna was the scene of legendary expeditions such as Whillans, Haston and Clough, or Dorotei, Chamoux, Boyer, Rakoncaj and Campredon in 1988, or Jean Christophe Lafaille who lived a tragic odyssey descending with a broken arm, after the death of his partner Pierre Beghin. Nives and Romano are staying at the Base Camp, after a night up to 5600m and the traverse of dangerous serac fields which provide access to the base of the wall. The route  they choosed result beeing not the right one, so they have now to install the Base Camp to a lower level. The pair climb in complete autonomy, without high altitude Sherpas to transport their gear m.s.  Nives website
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