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Italian Speed Expedition ready to go
14:33 p.m. EDT Apr 29, 2003
The Italian team is ready to head into the icefall. Expedition member Manuela DiCenta has left the Italian Pyramid and joined her team in base camp. She was having some acclimatization problems and stayed behind to let her body adjust. After spending some time in a hypobaric room, and eating warm plate of food, she felt much better.

This team is getting quite a late start, but don't count them out. Fabio Meraldi, who you see in the picture, is going for an Everest speed ascent record, without using oxygen.

Image courtesy of Italian Speed Expedition

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