Today the Italian team, that was
attempting the summit of Annapurna from North Side, has been hit by a ice
avalanche. Christian Kuntner died due to inner hemorrhages. Abele Blanc is
under shock, Stephan Paul Andres has a broken shoulder, Marco Barmasse has
just some wounds on his face. All the alpinists have been transported by a
helicopter to Kathmandu Hospital. Christian's body will be sent back to Italy.
was composed by Christian Kuntner and Abele Blanc (for them this summit was
the last to complete all 14th 8000 summits), Marco Camandona, Stephan Paul
Andres and Marco Barmasse. This group was reached at BC by the other Italian
alpinist, Silvio Mondinelli, who was not able to reach the summit the week
before with the rest of his team.
phone call Mondinelli told " We are very sorry because one of our friends
died". He said that "the avalanche in that place already fell other 3 times".
He added: "This morning with Marco Camandona and other 3 Australians we were
above, the avalanche fell from a canal and swept away all things. Christian
died at Camp II due to internal hemorrhage. We were with a doctor from
Colorado but he was not able to save him since he suffered from abdomen pain.
The accident occurred at about 6.200 m.".
also said that "We started at 5 am Italian time; it was already 4 times we
tried to ascent the mountain. Yesterday we were stopped at C2 by the wind, but
this morning the weather was fine so we left the camp for the summit."
Update: The Italian press is reporting horrible news to
EverestNews.com that Christian Kuntner (with 13 of the 14 8000 meter peaks
done) has died in an avalanche. Details to follow. Our prayers go out to
Dear EverestNews.com, my
husband Silvio together with his friend Christian, the five Italians from Aosta Valley and three from the Australian team (Andrew Lock, etc), Monday
16th of May reached Camp II where today they stopped causing of high wind.
Yesterday on their way up they found 60 cm of fresh snow that forced them to
break the trail again.
They all hope that this wind
will sleep away the fresh snow and leave behind safer conditions on the route.
They spent Sunday to dismantled Base Camp as the morning after Merelli,
Panzeri and Bernasconi left BC by helicopter with most of the gear. Now at the
BC there is only one tent as all the other 8 climbers are 15 minutes walking
Tonight he phoned me, he was
very anxious to go up.
The improvement of the
weather is decisive, forecast predict a small break from this evening until
As usual we all must wait and
see how the things will going on !
I will keep inform You.
Silvio will go to Annapurna around the 20 of March together with 4 Italian friends
(Mario Merelli, Christian Gobbi, Daniele Bernasconi, Mario Panzeri). They will
try on the North Face. After he will probably go with "Al filo de lo imposible"
team to Nanga Parbat.
Mondinelli, (1958), Mountain Guide, Alagna Valsesia, Italy reached the
Summit of Everest without Oxygen
on the 23rd May 2001. Since then he has added Summits of G1, G2 and
Four SUMMITS OF 8000M PEAKS IN 2001 FOR SILVIO.
meter peaks Summits in 2001 for Silvio. He is a rising star...
Summits of 8000 meter peaks
1996 Shishapangma (Central)
Silvio Mondinelli on
Autumn Annapurna 2002.
Silvio Mondinelli on
Winter Broad Peak.
In Spring of 2003 he was on
Everest and K2 in Spring 2004.
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