Fausto never minded statistics he always claimed to have reached the summit of Lhotse in 1997, but didnt took much time or effort to fight back the opinion of those denying it. Image of Fausto de Stefani courtesy of his website (click to enlarge).
Sergio reacted to the 1997 controversy by launching a further Lhotse expedition in 2000. This time Sergio provided with summit proof enough, and was thus included as the 7th person to summit the 14 great ones. "In Sergio's case the 'Fellowship of the Rope' is still very much alive," Philip Ling told ExWeb. "He is a true gentleman." Image of Sergio Martini lecturing at the Italian Alpine Club courtesy of CAI (click to enlarge).
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(MountEverest.net) Italian Fausto de Stefani, whose claims to have summited all 14 8,000ers was rejected by staticians after an unclear climb on Lhotse back in 1997, is back to clean up his resume and properly enter the list of high altitude masters. Fausto is climbing with younger Roberto Manni, while with long-time friend Sergio Martini is accompanying them for most of the ascent but then heading for Everest.1997: Foot-prints in a blizzardFausto and Sergio climbed Lhotse together in 1997 they stated to believe they...