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Image of Walter Bonatti in his twenties, courtesy of Pistehors.com.
Image of K2's upper slopes, showing the location of Achille and Lino's C8, and the place where Bonatti and Medhi spent the night, courtesy of Andalucia K2 2004 (click to enlarge).
Cover of Lacedelli's book courtesy of Top World Books.

ExWeb special: 50 years of silence - Lino Lacedelli confess the truth about K2 conquest and Walter Bonatti, part 1

Posted: Jun 22, 2006 02:08 pm EDT

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(K2Climb.net) Italians proudly describe the first ascent of K2 as one of the golden pages in climbing history. However, not everything was epic in the expedition. While Lino Lacedelli and Achile Compagnony were celebrated as national heroes; a furious Walter Bonatti accused the two summiteers to have abandoned him in the death zone. The dark side of K2 conquest1954, Bonatti, was a 24 year old member in Ardito Desios K2 expedition. Bonatti and local porter Medhi were ordered to bring spare O2 bottles to Lino and Achile; on...

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