Two new Everest records: Fabio
Meraldi attempts the Everest ascent and descent in 24
Manuela Di Centa, olympic medallist, wants to be the first
Italian woman to climb the mountain
Milan, 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.
Meraldi 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.
A new 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.
Manuela Di 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 Expedition.
For the 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 Official Timing.
Nothing 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 altitude.
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.
The most sophisticated means of communication will be utilized - news and
photos will be cybercast live – direct from Base Camp to the rest of the
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