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   Nanga Parbat 2005: Everest Summiter IVAN VALLEJO RICAURTE: ELEVENTH EIGHT-THOUSAND FOR IVAN VALLEJO and others summit too..


The international expedition in which Ecuadorian climber Ivan Vallejo participates, has conquered the summit of Nanga Parbat, the eighth highest mountain in the world (8,125 m) located in the Karakorum mountain system, in Pakistan.  Ivan Vallejo's expedition was organized by Televisión Española with the objective of filming the ascent for the "Al Filo de lo Imposible" TV show.  It is also formed by the Basque climbers Edurne Pasaban (chief of the expedition), who with this summits becomes the living woman with most eight-thousands in the world (eight), her fellow Spaniards Ester Sabadell, Marianne Chapuisat, José Bereziartu, the Italian Silvio Mondinelli and the Pakistani porter Hassan Jan.

Via satellite telephone, Vallejo confirmed his success on the assault of the summit, being part of the first group of climbers (Pasaban, Mondinelli, Hassan) with whom Ignacio Orbiz joined later.  They left Camp IV located at 7,250 m at 1h10 in the morning and reached the summit at 8h45 of Tuesday, July 20.  The second group of "Al Filo" got there at 10h00.

A very difficult mountain, with steep slopes and vertical walls, where they hardly walked because they had to climb the entire route to get to each high altitude camp and finally the summit, always with intense cold.  The climbers decided to recover from the hard effort in Camp IV and go down to base camp on Wednesday 22, after a day of hydration and rest.  The Ecuadorian climber achieves this way his eleventh summit for the project Desafío 14 (Challenge 14), which looks to reach the summit of the 14 highest mountains of the world without the help of supplemental oxygen.

IVAN VALLEJO RICAURTE

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Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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