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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 10/8/02: Silvio just phoned, bad news. It's 2 days that has been snowing at the base camp so their program to go up at the moment is gone. They still hope that the weather will change in better even if they can't imagine how will be the condition of the way. The weather forecast is not heartening for all the member of the expedition as till 10th of October there will be not any improvement. We will wait and see what's will be happen in the next few days.....

Update 10/15/2002: Gnaro and Kobi left base camp last Friday .... The other members waited till yesterday but they decided to go back again. The condition of the mountain are impossible, to much snow and still bad weather....

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