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Annapurna Autumn 2002 East Ridge

An International expedition consisting of Abele Blanc (13*8000 meters), Silvio Mondinelli, Mario Merelli, Christian Kuntner, Kobi Reichen and Carlos Pauner is attempted to repeat the route that Jean-Christophe Lafaille and Alberto Inurrategui achieved in Spring Annapurna 2002. This route was first achieved of course by the great climbing legends Ehardt Loretan and Norbert Joos. Only these four legends of climbing has achieved the Annapurna Summit via this route with Ehardt Loretan and Norbert Joos descending via the North side, and Jean-Christophe Lafaille and Alberto Inurrategui. This Autumn this extremely experienced and strong team organized by Focus expedition look to repeat this route again.

Update: 9/28/02: Annapurna Autumn International Expedition: Yesterday (9/28/02) all the members left BC as the weather finally became good. Their intention is to spend 4 days up and put CI, CII, CIII in place and spend one night at each camp so they can adjust to the altitude. They are all fine. In the last two days lots of avalanche come down from the mountain (caused by the large amount of snow), this is good so they hope the way will be clear for the final rush....
 
 

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