"Their friends noticed a tiny, yellow spot on the face: the tent...so they asked Simone Moro to reach the spot on the wire of a Fishtail helicopter." Enlarge image for view of the tent and Simone on the wall.
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Close-up.
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Pilot was Simone's Italian friend Pirgiorgio Rosati from Trento.
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Hanging below the heli, at 6400 meters Simone first had to drill in the rock and create an anchor for himself. Enlarge image to spot the red dot on the end of the line.
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It seems only like yesterday Simone told us about his dream to fly heli rescues in Himalaya. It was 2009, only months after his first winter ascent of Makalu, that Moro got a commercial helicopter pilot license in LA.

Stunning pictures: Simone Moro performs highest human sling mission yet

Posted: May 17, 2012 10:44 pm EDT
(Newsdesk) Just yesterday we posted an interview with Simone Moro where he said he has spent most his downtime on Everest flying rescues operations on the peak and around other 8000ers in Himalaya (either as pilot or a copilot).

In fact, he was just about to perform an extreme operation the next day. Today, the pictures arrived. It's the highest human sling mission in the world yet, Simone says, and it took place on the vertical face on Tengkangpoche, 6487 meters, in Nepal's Khumbu Valley. The remains of a woman climber were located at 6350 meters. Simone said it took him 2 hours to cut her free from the ice. Hanging from the line at 6400 meters this morning he first had to drill and create an anchor before letting go of the line and allow the heli to fly off. The pilot was Simone's Italian friend Pirgiorgio Rosati from Trento.

It seems only like yesterday Simone told us about his dream to fly heli rescues in Himalaya. It was 2009, only months after his first winter ascent of Makalu, that Moro got a commercial helicopter pilot license in LA.

"My big dream is to start and operate an air-rescue company in the Himalayas, using my experience as climber," Simone told us shortly after his final flying exam. And then he added: "I really need someone to sponsor the project. But if I can't find anyone, I’ll just have to do my best to turn the idea into reality by myself, somehow."

(Ed note: the reamins were male, not female Simone corrected. The name has been withheld.)

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