A joint Italian--Nepalese expedition spent seven months this year in the Himalayas, trying to scale the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.
GV Climber on ice-covered slop of Mount Everest
SV Climbers PAN TO Mountain
CU Climbers (2 shots)
GV Mountain peak
GV Climber crossing crevasses (2 shots)
GV Slope to peak and TILT DOWN TO Valley
SV Tent at camp
CU AND SV Expedition member inside tent an one outside (2 shots)
GV Man attempting to hold tent but wind blows it away (2 shots)
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Background: A joint Italian--Nepalese expedition spent seven months this year in the Himalayas, trying to scale the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.
SYNOPSIS: Everest claimed the lives of two expedition members--one Italian and a Nepalese sherpa--killed in avalanches.
Ferocious winds made conditions even more treacherous than usual this year--eight climbers died in the autumn alone. This century, a total of 48 people have died on Everest's slopes--27 of them sherpas.
This expedition contained 32 Italians, one Austrian, two Czechoslovaks, two Thais and 15 Nepalese. Its leader was an Italian, forty-year-old Francesco Santon, from Venice. The Nepalese co-leader was Captain Pradeep Arki, a 27-year-old serving officer in the Royal Nepalese Army. The team made its push for the summit in October, following the standard south col route pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay in 1953.
Terrible weather conditions had forced the Italians to abandon an earlier bid to reach the summit. The three climbers who made that attempt--two Italians and one Nepalese--returned to their camp, along with another sherpa who was suffering from frostbite.
After waiting eight days for fierce winds to abate, they'd come within eighty-eight metres (yards) of Everest's summit before finally being forced to turn back. The expedition party finally abandoned its guest on October the 17th. Bad weather had made further attempts impossible, and, with the monsoon season imminent, the team decided to call it a day.