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Hours before the Piolet d'Or is awarded, Italian Cesare Maestri has spoken out to deny one of the nominee's claims, and to state again he did summited Cerro Torre back in 1959. Image of Maestri courtesy of Discoveryalps; background image of Cerro Torre courtesy of Simone Moro.
Topo of "El Arca de los Vientos" (Arch of the Winds) the route climbed by Ermanno Salvaterra, Rolando Garibotti, and Alessandro Beltrami - a climb nominated for the Piolet d'Or. Image courtesy of the team/Colmar (click to enlarge).
I declare and confirm that I have climbed Cerro Torre with Toni Egger, through the East face up to the Conquest Col (Collado de la Conquista) with Cesarino Fava," declared Maestri. "From the Col only Toni Egger and I went on, following alternatively the snowy edge of North-West and the North face." Image of Maestri climbing Cerro Torre, courtesy of GiornalediBrescia.it.
The impressive summit mushroom on Cerro Torre. Maestri claims he followed its icy slopes up to the top. This image was taken by Salvaterra's team in November,2005 - courtesy of the italian team /Colmar (click to enlarge).
Salvaterra (right), Garibotti, and Beltrami(left) summited Cerro Torre at 11.30 pm on November 13. The team had hoped to complete the first repetition of Maestri-Egger&#039;s route, but also check if there were pegs or other rests left by the 59 climbers. They found no traces and the riddle remains unsolved. Image courtesy of the italian team /Colmar (click to enlarge).<br><br>
I dont have any doubt about Toni Egger and Cesare Maestri reaching the top," reported 1959 expedition member Fava. "Ours was the strongest and the most complete team one could imagine at that time. Besides, during the first days conditions on the face and the weather were optimal. Image courtesy of Salvaterra&#039;s team / Colmar (click to enlarge).

Maestri raises hell hours before Piolet d'Or is awarded

Posted: Feb 09, 2006 03:10 pm EST

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The International climbing community holds its breath for the Piolet dOr Awards which will be handed out tomorrow in Grenoble, France. Alpinism's equivalent to the Oscars, nominees cross their fingers in the hopes of getting their hands on a prize, while mountaineers from all over bet on their favorites.On your marks- get set - No!But when everything seemed ready to go a voice suddenly arose denying one of the candidates claims. It was that of 76 year old Cesare Maestri, the legendary Ragno delle Dolomitti (The Dolomite...

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