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The Himalaya veterans Silvio Mondinelli and Mario Merelli departed for Dhaulagiri on 9 September. Both climbed Everest this spring and Mondinelli summited both Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II in summer.
The two Italians will share their Dhaulagiri permit with another italian expedition belonging to Favre, Blanc & Co, who are already in Nepal acclimatising. They will join forces with none other than Pepe Garces from Spain, who climbed K2 this summer, and the 63 year-old Everest veteran Carlos Soria.
They plan to climb Dhaulagiri via the normal route, which will also be attempted by a Chilean and Japanese expedition. The latest news reports plenty of snowfall.
A strong Slovenian team will attempt Cho Oyu in September and October. Led by Tone Skarja, the expedition contains some of strongest Slovenian activists, including Viktor Groselj and Davo Karnicar. Further details to come.
by Manuel Lugli
Gasherbrum I success for Mondinelli (08/08/2001)
Everest success for Mondinelli (25/05/2001)
|Dhaulagiri, (8167m) is situated on the border between Nepal and Tibet. It was first climbed by the Austrian K. Diemberger and the Swiss A. Schelbert, P. Diener and E. Forrer on 13 May 1960. |
Cho Oyu, (8201m), situated on the border between Nepal and Tibet, is the sixth highest mountain on earth. It was first climbed by the Austrians S. Jocheler and H. Tichy and sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama on 19 October 1954.
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Photo: Cho Oyu
(photo F. Tremolada)