• Short Summary

    VETERAN CLIMBER CESARE MAESTRI SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED HIS CLIMB OF THE 6,000 FT SHEER NORTH WALL OF ITALY'S LAVAREDO PEAK ON WEDNESDAY - AND PROVED TO THE WORLD THAT HE'S NO COWARD.

  • Description

    VETERAN CLIMBER CESARE MAESTRI SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED HIS CLIMB OF THE 6,000 FT SHEER NORTH WALL OF ITALY'S LAVAREDO PEAK ON WEDNESDAY - AND PROVED TO THE WORLD THAT HE'S NO COWARD.

    TWO WEEKS AGO, "SPIDER OF THE DOLOMITES" MAESTRI TURNED BACK FROM THE SAME CLIMB, JUDGING CONDITIONS TO BE TOO DANGEROUS. THEN CAME ANONYMOUS LETTERS ACCUSING HIM OF COWARDICE. HIS NINE-YEAR-OLD SON RETURNED FROM SCHOOL CRYING BECAUSE OTHER CHILDREN HAD JEERED AT HIM, SAYING HIS FATHER WAS AFRAID.

    SIGNOR MAESTRI AND HIS FRIEND CLAUDIO BALDESSARI TOOK ONLY FOUR DAYS TO COMPLETE THE CLIMB. THE ASCENT HAD BEEN MADE ONLY ONCE BEFORE - IN 18 DAYS BY THREE GERMAN CLIMBERS IN JANUARY. MAESTRI AND BALDESSARI WERE GREATLY HELPED BY CLAMPS AND OTHER CLIMBING AIDS LEFT BY THE GERMANS.

    HIGHLIGHT OF THE ITALIANS' CLIMB WAS THEIR STRUGGLE AGAINST HUNGER. THINKING THEY WERE NEARING THE SUMMIT, THE CLIMBERS THREW AWAY RUCKSACKS CONTAINING ALL THEIR FOOD. BUT THE TREACHEROUS ICE SLOWED DOWN THEIR PROGRESS AND THEY WERE WITHOUT FOOD FOR TWO DAYS.

    THE FIRST THING THE MUD-SPATTERED MAESTRI DID ON COMPLETING THE CLIMB WAS TO TELEPHONE HIS SON WITH THE NEWS. HIS SON, GIAN LUIGI, TOLD HIM WAS VERY HAPPY INDEED AND VERY PROUD OF HIM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC8KPNMIAVE6WN1GMCLBNQ6A13
    Media URN:
    VLVAC8KPNMIAVE6WN1GMCLBNQ6A13
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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