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 Makalu 2001 Expeditions and News

Italian Makalu Expedition. This team is composed of 10 Italian UIAGM Mountain Guides from Dolomites (S. Martino di Castrozza), led by expert Renzo Corona. They will attempt the normal route. They will start the expedition from Italy, April 1st. 2001.

More Details: A team of professional Italian Alpine Guides, named The Eagel of San Martino, will attempt the Makalu summit to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their first expedition. The team will include Renzo Corona (leader), Narci Simion, Mariano Lott, Tullio Simoni, Sebastiano Zagonel, Donato Zagonel, Giampaolo Corona, Gianfranco Dell'Antonia and Alessandro Rigobello (medical staff). Leader Renzo Corona is on his first hiamalayan expedition, but previously been a member of teams on Chinese climbs. He has some Patagonia summits, and has a good curriculum on Dolomites walls. The team will fly to Nepal on April 1st, heading for Tumlingtar. Then a 12 day trek to base camp. From there, they expect to establish 4 more camps with advanced base camp at 5500 meters and three more to the top. "We'll try the 3.000 meter leap in 4 days, and the whole thing will require us 55 days in Nepal", says Corona. 

Source: Luigi Zoppello, Dolomutes, northern Italy, journalist

Dispatch Summary: Monday, April 16. The team finally arrived at Base Camp. Three members climbed to ABC to explore and find a safe place to put the tents. The rest of the expedition is relaxing and enjoying the sunny weather. The temperature is of -5 degree Celsius and the team members have been climbing around BC to acclimatize their bodies. The weather is sunny in the morning with snow in the afternoon. Three climbers from other expeditions have been picked up by a Russian helicopter due to health problems. 

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Other Makalu 2001 Expeditions and News

Winter Makalu Expedition 2000/2001Krzysztof Wielicki takes on Makalu in the Winter ! Complete coverage on EverestNews.com here.

Spring 2001 Expeditions:

1.) Adventure Consultants Makalu 2001 led by Guy Cotter

2.) American Makalu Expedition 2001

They are intending to make an alpine style ascent of the Southwest buttress, first climbed by the Czechoslovakians in 1976. There has not been a second ascent to date although attempts have been made. This expedition is a group of six climbers comprised of Brendan Cusick Leader, Carolyn Parker, John Kear, Chris Brown, Glenn Dunmire, and Cecelia Mortenson. If Cecelia and Carolyn are successful they will be the second and third American women to summit Makalu. They have significant equipment sponsorship from the North Face, Wild Country, Maxim ropes, Misty Mtn products and about 12 other kind folks the funds have been the hardest. 

"An alpine style attack of this mountain from any angle will be difficult. So we are very excited about pushing it. This has been my dream for ten years (I am 26) so to finally be getting ready to shove off is exciting. We have a very strong and dynamic team with a good mix of altitude experience and very hard technical climbers. This is what we will need for a single push in May. We will be acclimating for the month of April [on Makalu] then going for the top sometime in the second week of May. " Best,  Brendan Cusick

Leader American Makalu Expedition 2001 "in style" 

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