|At 12.00 (Nepal time) the Italians Franco Nicolini, Mirco Mezzanotte and Simone Moro reached the summit of the sixth highest mountain in the world. The three left Camp 2 at 7100m and climbed directly on through to the summit, choosing not to spend a night at Camp 3. The 1100m proved to be gruelling and extremely cold due to the high winds. The mountaineers did not use supplementary oxygen. |
Simone Moro reached the summit half an hour after his climbing companions and kept in contact via satellite to the website www.freeridespirit.com . From the summit he gave a brief interview with the Italian radio station Radio 24.
Moro, Nicolini and Mezzanotte are now safely back in Camp 2 and they plan to continue their descent to Base Camp as soon as possible. Weather conditions permitting the remaining members of the expedition will head for the top in the next few days. These include Mario Curnis, Enrico Stefani, Leonardo Moschetti, Walter Vidi, Sandro Vidi and Ferruccio Vidi.
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