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Annapurna Autumn 2002 East Ridge

Picture Source: Jean-Christophe Lafaille
An International expedition consisting of Abele Blanc (13*8000 meters), Silvio Mondinelli, Mario Merelli, Kristina 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. This Autumn this extremely experienced and strong team organized by Focus expedition look to repeat this route again.
Update 9/30/02: Silvio Mondinelli 
 9 summits of 8000 meter peaks
1993 Manaslu
1994 Lhotse
1996 Shishapangma (Central)
1997 Cho Oyu   
2001 Everest
2001 GI and GII
2001 Dhaulagiri
2002 Makalu
A phone call this morning from Nepal. They put CI at 5400 m and start to equip the wall that will permits them to reach CII. They come down as the snow condition are terrible in fact is very hard to walk with lots of fresh snow. So they decide to wait for a couple of days at BC while the route will become more safety.
 

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