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 Italian climber Cesare Maestri, age 72, will attempt the Cho Oyu

Expedition: Italian climber Cesare Maestri, age 72, will attempt the Cho Oyu summit next spring. Maestri, named "the Spider of the Dolomites", top climber in the Sixties (Cerro Torre amongst all), announced today he will try his first Himalayan ascent to celebrate year 2002, "International Year of the Mountains" for Unesco. "I will carry a rainbow coloured peace flag with me" he said "and I will dedicate this ascent to peace in the world. US attack, last week, made me decide. Mountain people are the same all over the world, I want to witness friendship and cooperation across the world". from: Gigi Zoppello, Trento, Italy  

Update 5/14/2002: We have several questions about this expedition, so we asked our Italian friend and reporter: "About Cesare Maestri: He will be there in September to try Cho Oyu. He announced again his attempt last week, during the Trento International Mountain Film Festival. Also Sergio Martini will be with him to help him on the way." Gigi Zoppello, Trento, Italy

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