Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
KATHMANDU

Mountaineer Moro 'attacked by sherpas'

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Kathmandu, April 29 - Top Italian mountaineer was
among three European climbers attacked by some 100 sherpas for
allegedly meddling with their work, The Himalayan Times said
Monday.
Moro, Swiss Ueli Steck and Briton Jonathan Griffith were
reportedly set upon at a base camp on Mt Everest.
Moro was slightly injured while Steck had to be taken to
hospital in Kathmandu.
The Times said the incident "could have been much more
serious if other foreign climbers had not intervened" to try to
protect the three.
The Nepalese police have opened a probe into the attack
while Nimanuru Sherpa, head of the Cho-Oyu Treks agency which
helped set up the expedition, said he was "upset".
"This episode risks tarnishing Nepal's image around the
world," he said.
Moro has gained fame for climbing some of the world'
highest peaks without oxygen.
Three years ago Moro and Kazakh colleague Denis Urubko made
the first-ever out-of-season ascent of Makalu, the world's
fifth-highest peak, battling gale-force winds.
Mountaineers had been trying to make a winter ascent of
the 8,462-metre Makalu for 30 years, but the peak known as
The Big Black had foiled some of the world's best climbers.
Among those who it defeated were Italian great Reinhold
Messner, who tried the climb twice, and French mountaineer
Jean-Christophe Lafaille, who disappeared during a solo
attempt in 2006.
Bergamo-born Moro, 45, was the first man in the world to
climb another 8,000-metre Himalayan peak, Shisha Pangma,
during winter.
Moro says he is determined to carry out winter ascents of
the peaks on the Pakistani side of the Himalayas like Nanga
Parbat.
He and Urubku were forced to call off an attempt on it
because of bad weather last year.
Another Pakistani giant, the world's second-highest
mountain K2, has never been climbed out of season.

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