Attempts at two new Everest records
Update Two 4/3/2003:
- The great Everest Speed Expedition adventure kicked
off today with Manuela Di Centa and Fabio Meraldi and
the Team on their way to Kathmandu where they will
organize logistics and transport of their equipment
and instruments by yak along the Khumbu valley to Base
Camp situated at 5350m.
Update One: Note this is
a press release from the team.
Meraldi attempts the Everest ascent and descent in 24 hours [from the south]
Centa, olympic medallist, wants to be the first Italian woman to climb the
March 27, 2003. Fabio Meraldi – skyrunning and ski mountaineering champion
and Manuela Di Centa – Olympic medallist and World Champion cross country
skier, aim to establish two new records in honour of Hillary and Tenzing’s
50th anniversary of the conquist of Everest.
will attempt to ascend and descend the world’s highest mountain in 24 hours
along the historical route of the first pioneers, using only his physical and
mental energy and without the use of oxygen.
strategy characterises the ascent: from Base Camp to the South Col at 7,950m
Meraldi will adopt the skyrunning technique - wearing lightweight clothing
and trail running shoes. From the South Col to the summit at 8,850m and back
down to Base Camp, he will wear traditional mountaineering equipment in
special, lightweight high-tech materials, created by Sensitive, Montura,
Kayland and Camp.
Centa, on her way to becoming Italy’s first woman to climb Everest, will
recount their adventures in a film: three mountain guides skilled in high
altitude filming and a director will be the “third eye” of the Everest Speed
first time in such a record attempt, scientific means will be used to certify
Merald’s exploit and for the first time, carried out by a sports federation,
the Federation of Sport at Altitude with timekeeping endorsed by Sector
has been left to chance: his athletic preparation in Italy in collaboration
with the Isokinetic Reconditioning Center; a programme of acclimatization for
two weeks from the beginning of May in camps between 5,300m and 7,500m.
However, the key to success will ultimately depend on Meraldi’s ability to
adapt to the mountain.
Meticulous attention has been
dedicated to nutrition, where natural products from Valtellina are backed up
with special supplements to impede physical deterioration due to the high
As a mountain-friendly
enterprise, clean energy will be supplied by a photovoltaic panel for battery
charging and low consumption light sources; hot water for showers and cooking
will be available thanks to the sun’s energy; wind turbines will drive the
generator and refuse will be graded for recycling.