"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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RussianClimb about Simone's longline mission: Alexey and Svetlana's story
Posted: May 21, 2012 09:10 pm EDT
(RussianClimb.com) Last week a spectacular longline mission was performed by Italian mountaineer Simone Moro. Here is the end of the story, brought by Lena Laletina from RussianClimb. "The entire climbing community in Russia send their respect to the bold Italian pilots Simone Moro and Pirgiorgio Rosati," she told Explorersweb, providing the story behind the mission:
"In fall 2010, mountaineering couple Alexey Gorbatenkov and Svetlana Gutsalo from Saint Petersburg headed to Himalaya to climb TengKampoche (6500m). They chose a difficult line, and never returned home."
"Half year later their friends noticed a tiny, yellow spot on the face: the tent. It was hanging not far from the summit. In the third attempt to find their friends, this spring they finally managed."
"A search flight around the peak once again located the tent. So they asked Simone Moro to reach the spot on the wire of a Fishtail helicopter."
"And Simone managed this operation: two days of extremely dangerous work under the huge seracs. The body of a climber was evacuated to Kathmandu. At first we thought that he had found *Sveta."
"Alex and Sveta were so close to the summit, they had already climbed the wall..."
*(Ed note: a later inspection showed the remains were Alex).
The tent was at 6350 m. Simone found only one body. And the gear for one climber - one ice-axe, one harness (not worn), some carabines and no ropes.
It took several hours over two days for Simone to free the body from the icy tent.
Report on RussianClimb.
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