Newsflash: Nives Meroi and Romano Benet SUMMIT K2!

Posted: Jul 26, 2006 03:38 pm EDT

( Nives Meroi and husband Romano Benet K2 today. The two climbers left on their summit push at 2:00 am this morning according to and reached the top at 10:30 am (local time). Both are now safely back in Camp 4.

Nives has thus bagged her 8th 8000er. The couple has also achieved the first summits on K2 since 2004.

Helped by the great weather and good condition of the route, Nives and Romano climbed alone - all the other expeditions decided to hold off over the last few days. A storm had wiped out all the equipment left on the mountain making it impossible for other expeditions to continue their ascent.

Nives and Romano will spend the night in Camp 4 and will then descend to BC where theyll rest until Saturday July 29, when they are scheduled to return to Italy.

Nives Meroi was born in Bergamo in September, 1961. She has previously summited Nanga Parbat, Cho Oyu, GII, GI, Broad Peak, Lhotse, Dhaulagiri, and now K2. She also has reached Shisha Pangmas Central Summit. Nives had attempted K2 twice (1994 and 2003through the north side) and Everest in 1999. She typically travels light, without oxygen or high-altitude porters.

Romano Benet was born in Tarvisio in April, 1962. He is an Alpine Guide and has summited seven 8,000ers, plus Shishas Central summit, and befre his recent summit, he had attempted K2 three times. He has opened many difficult routes in the Alps and a new line on Bhagirathi II (6,450 m), Garwahl Himalaya.

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Nives Meroi has bagged her 8th 8000er. In the image, Nives during an attempt on Dhaulagiri in 2005 (click to enlarge).
Romano Benet, in the image on the summit of Dhaulagiri earlier this year. All images courtesy of Nives' homesite (click to enlarge).

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