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Simone back on Shisha Pangma
09:09 a.m. EST Dec 22, 2003
Simone Moro is now back in Base Camp on Shisha Pangma, after returning from several days spent in Kathmandu, where he sought medical attention for a virus. Several members of the expedition team contracted the nasty stuff, but all are on the mend and plan to head out tomorrow and work on the face until Christmas. After that, it’s a rest, and then they’ll proceed in their attempt make the first winter ascent of the 8,027m peak, the world’s 14th highest mountain.

Simone Moro, 36, has summited Mount Everest, Broad Peak, Cho Oyu, Lhotse. This past summer, he also opened a new partial route on the Diamir face of Nanga Parbat, though he did not reach the summit. In 1996, Simone attained the N. Summit of Shisha Pangma. He is now attempting to make the first successful winter ascent of the peak, climbing via the South Face.

The expedition will climb Shisha Pangma’s South Face without the use of Sherpa support or supplementary oxygen. Originally, Krzysztof Wielicki was planning to be a part of the expedition, but bowed out recently due to family matters.

On the expedition is Italian climber Simone Moro, Pierre Bergeron and Yvon Latreille, both from Quebec, Canada, and Polish climbers Piotr Morawski, Jacek Jawien and Darek Zaluski are also on the expedition. Jas Szulc (POL) will accompany the team the base camp manager.

Image of Simone Moro courtesy of simonemoro.com

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