We wondered where were the other Italians. Some of you (our readers of
EverestNews.com wondered), where are the other Italians? Have we been doing
this too long, or was our 'gut" right?
We circled the wagons. We tried to see if we
could wake anyone on the mountain. We woke some of the press people. They had
no ideas. It was night time on Annapurna. No one
We hoped ALL 3 Italians were down. We were checking. It
seemed to be assumed that the other two were just following the first 3 to
arrive back. It was even possible the other 2 arrived back first, we just did
know at that point. We have not heard any concern from the mountain at this
point. We were asking. But no answers were coming.
Viesturs, Veikka Gustafsson,
Mario Merelli, Mario Panzeri and Daniel Bernasconi
had summited Annapurna!!!
But only three had made it back to camp....
Silvio Mondinelli's wife also wondered. Her husband was down and safe after
turning around. Late today, she bought the news:
"Dear EverestNews.com, after
a long wait, in Italy and at the BC, at 4 o'clock Gnaro called me from the
Base Camp. The 5 climbers that reach the summit yesterday of Annapurna are all
down at Base Camp". It was a long night and a long day for the climbers, in
fact Merelli and Panzeri spent the night at 7,700 meters inside a creves as
the fog on their way down to Camp III came up and they could not see the fixed
"Fortunately they did not
have any kind of health problem and early this morning they start their way
down. The weather was clear so help us to come down. So finally tonight every
one can sleep deep and take a rest, me included! I will keep in touch." Ciao
Viesturs, Veikka Gustafsson,
and Daniel Bernasconi made it back to
camp. Mario Merelli and Mario Panzeri were trying to survive and it appears spend
the night out on Annapurna without a tent! Someone was looking after them....
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