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  Ed Viesturs, Veikka Gustafsson and one Italian reported down from the Summit of Annapurna at around 10pm. Where were the other two Italians?


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 seemed worried. 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 not know at that point. We have not heard any concern from the mountain at this point. We were asking. But no answers were coming.

Ed Viesturs, Veikka Gustafsson, Mario Merelli, Mario Panzeri and Daniel Bernasconi had summited Annapurna!!! But only three had made it back to camp....

Idel, 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 ropes."

"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 Idel

WOW! While Ed 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....

Ed Viesturs: SEEKING THE HIGHEST PLACES: The Quest to Climb the World's Greatest Mountains

Ed has finish the 14! He will warmed up on Cho Oyu and then headed over to Annapurna. Veikka Gustafsson was again his climbing partner.

Ed Viesturs is widely regarded as this country's foremost high-altitude mountaineer, and one of the all-time "greats" in the world of mountaineering. Familiar to many from the 1996 IMAX Everest Expedition documentary, Ed was awarded the historic Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorer's Club in 2002, for outstanding achievement in the field of mountaineering, along with such notables as Sir Edmund Hillary. Ed has successfully summited all 14 of the world's fourteen 8000 meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. He is one of only a handful of climbers in history (and the only American) to accomplish this.

SEEKING THE HIGHEST PLACES is the inspirational account of Ed's fourteen year pursuit of all the world's peaks above 8000 meters, a goal nearing its culmination. In a presentation tailored to fit the particular concerns of his many and varied corporate audiences, Ed uses spectacular photographs from his 16 years of expedition climbing as breath-taking illustration for his compelling story.

Ed makes a clear and dramatic connection for his audiences between commitment to integrity and superlative achievement. Totally committed to the integrity of his approach to his goals, Ed has elected to forgo using supplemental oxygen on his climbs, making an already extremely difficult endeavor almost beyond human possibility. He does this not to prove anything "macho" or vainglorious, but just the opposite: to climb without oxygen is a direct, often humbling encounter with the true reality of these mountains. "I want to climb the mountain under its own terms," he states. "How I climb a mountain is more important to me than getting to the summit at all costs."

In addition, Ed's fourteen-year quest has encompassed many astounding successes within it, each of which would be the pinnacle of life-time accomplishment for most adventurers. But Ed shares a broader, bigger view of life and of success, with uncommon messages of focus, passion, desire, and patience. These messages, together with Ed's friendly, gently humorous style, make Seeking the Highest Places a deeply inspiring, unforgettable presentation for everyone lucky enough to experience it.

 

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