• Short Summary

    TONIGHT (TUESDAY) A WIFE AND BOY WAIT ANXIOUSLY FOR NEWS OF THEIR FATHER WHO'S RISKED HIS LIFE ON A MOUNTAIN PEAK TO PROVE HE'S NOT A COWARD.

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    TONIGHT (TUESDAY) A WIFE AND BOY WAIT ANXIOUSLY FOR NEWS OF THEIR FATHER WHO'S RISKED HIS LIFE ON A MOUNTAIN PEAK TO PROVE HE'S NOT A COWARD.CESARE MAESTRI - A VETERAN CLIMBER KNOWN AS "THE SPIDER OF THE DOLOMITES" - WAS LAST REPORTED 300 FEET FROM THE TOP OF THE GREAT LAVAREDO PEAK, IN THE ITALIAN ALPS.

    TWO WEEKS AGO, HE TURNED BACK FROM THE SAME CLIMB, JUDGING CONDITIONS TO BE TOO DANGEROUS.THEN CAME THE 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.

    AND SO, ON SATURDAY, CESARE SET OUT AGAIN WITH CLAUDIO BALDESSARI, WHO'D ACCOMPANIED HIM ON THE PREVIOUS ATTEMPT.BEFORE LEAVING, HE WROTE HIS WIFE A NOTE SAYING HE WAS CLIMBING AGAIN AGAINST HIS PRINCIPLES, TO ANSWER THE TAUNT OF "COWARD".HE ASKED HIS WIFE TO EXCUSE WHAT HE CALLED HIS PRIDE.

    THE CRUMBLING 2,000-FOOT NORTH WALL OF LAVAREDO PEAK HAS BEEN CONQUERED ONLY ONCE BEFORE - BY THREE GERMANS IN JANUARY, WHO TOOK 16 DAYS FOR THE CLIMB.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF1FQ8L8V9LQAI8L7LGRJ41ZHN
    Media URN:
    VLVAF1FQ8L8V9LQAI8L7LGRJ41ZHN
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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