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High winds stop Kangchenjunga summit push
17:57 p.m. EDT May 10, 2003
Carlos, Mario, Silvio, and Christian were ready for their summit push - the weather was not. High winds ravaged the upper parts of Kangchenjunga and they decided to wait for a few hours in hope that the wind would die down but the weather only got worse. After two hours of waiting the winds where still too high, snow had started to fall the and call was made to head back to BC.

Right now all four climber are safely down and resting.

All members on this team have 8000m experience and are strong mountaineers. Silvio Mondinelli has summited 7, 8000m peaks. Chrisitan Kuntner has summited 11, 8000m peaks including Everest without oxygen. Mario Merelli has summited Everest, and Carlos Pauner has climbed Makalu and K2.

Kangchenjunga, 8586m, is the third highest mountain in the world. It was first summited in 1955 and was the last of the big three to be climbed (Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga.) Kangch is a more difficult climb than Everest and has only had 172 summits. 40 have lost their lives on this mountain giving it a very high fatality rate 23%.

Image courtesy of carlospauner.com



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