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Annapurna Autumn 2002 East Ridge

Picture Source: Carlos Pauner

Autumn Annapurna 2002 (we believe somewhere above camp 1)

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. This Autumn this extremely experienced and strong team organized by Focus expedition look to repeat this route again.
Update 10/4/02: On Wednesday the 2nd they left base camp and they spent the night at camp 1 at 5400m. The next day, the 3rd they fixed the spur above camp 1, with fixed ropes as far as 6100m aprox. and they came down to base camp at 4200 meters. The snow conditions are very bad and there is lots of snow at spur. Today and two or three next days are rest days at base camp before continuing the placement of camp 2. For the moment weather conditions are good.

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