Team leader Edurne Pasabán (in an orange suit) and Marianne Chapuisant, on their way to Nanga's higher camps some days ago. All seven members of Al Filo team (Edurne, Ivan, Silvio, Hassan, Josu, Marianne, and Esther) have summited this morning. Image courtesy of El Correo Digital.
Nanga Parbat SUMMITS: Al Filo team complete success - Edurne bags her 8th!
Posted: Jul 20, 2005 07:14 am EDT
All the members of "Al Filo de lo Imposible" Spanish team summited Nanga Parbat this morning. The news was confirmed live from BC by 'Al Filo' TV documentaries' director, Sebastián Alvaro, to the Spanish radio.
Two summit groups
The team divided in two during the ascent and thus, Edurne Pasaban was the first one to summit, around 6:30 am (CET). Along with her were Ecuadorian Ivan Vallejo, Italian Silvio 'Gnaro' Mondinelli, and high altitude porter Hassan.
The second Al Filo group, consisting of Josu Bereciartua, Esther Sabadell and Marianne Chapuisat topped 90 minutes later.
The climbers are currently on descent.
Edurne, the Himalayan queen
Edurne Pasabán has summited her 8th 8000er, equaling the score set by Polish legend Wanda Rutkiewicz! (See earlier story today on female climbers). Edurne is currently the living female climber with most 8000ers summited.
Nanga Parbat is also Ivan's 11th, and Silvio's 10th 8000er.
Sebastián Alvaro reported clear skies and very low temperatures. He also pointed out the strong will and motivation of the team's women.