The news was made official a few hours ago: the well-known Italian mountain guide and member of the mountain rescue service Oskar Piazza and Dr. Gigliola Mancinelli perished beneath an avalanche triggered by the earthquake that destroyed the village of Langtang in northern Nepal. The other two expedition members Giovanni Pizzorini and Pino Antonini have survived. Four Italians died as a result of Saturday’s earthquake; the well-known mountaineer Renzo Benedetti and Marco Pojer were buried by an avalanche in the Rolwaling Valley. In the meantime Nepal is enduring days of extreme difficulty.
Two earthquakes measuring up to 7.9 hit Nepal this morning causing, according to some sources, over 1,000 deaths. Even the highest mountains in the world trembled and an avalanche that swept through Everest Base Camp has caused an unknown number of deaths.
Michele Comi, one of the historic organisers of Melloblocco, introduces this year’s big news concerning the international bouldering meeting that will take place from 30 April to 3 May 2015 in Val di Mello - Val Masino: three bouldering circuits to discover the beauty of the Italian valley.
American climber Ronnie Dickson has sent Resident Evil V10/7C+ in Joe's Valley, Utah, USA, becoming the first above knee amputee to climb a boulder problem of this difficulty.