Stranded Italian rescued, tent robbed on Everest north side: South and Lhotse on their marks

Posted: May 24, 2012 03:47 pm EDT

(Newsdesk/story updated 11:15 pm) Around 100 climbers are headed up the south side of Mount Everest for the final main push on Everest and Lhotse. A stranded Italian has been rescued on the north side. In their second no 02 attempt Nacho and Ferran arrived to an empty tent.

Italian climber Luigi Rampini, aged 69, who decided to stay alone in C3 to wait for another opportunity to summit and bearing several days without food has been rescued Montagna reported, quoting Chinese news agency Xinhua. Rescuers found the man near camp 2, possibly in an attempt to descend. The climber was given first aid and help to descend further. Italian officials confirmed the climber suffered frostbite to the hands and nose but is otherwise well.

On another summit attempt without oxygen Nacho Orviz and Ferran Latorre arrived to an empty tent in C2 last night. All supplies and gear had been stolen. Desnivel reports the two mountaineers nevertheless hope to make the top.

(Ed note: a Spanish reader notified ExplorersWeb that the Desnivel report has Nacho and Ferran going up, not descending as previously stated at Explorersweb.)

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File image of climbers on the Lhotse Face, Everest south side. Lhotse shares BC and the first three high camps with Everest; a logistic advantage for a double-header. Image by Steve Bell, courtesy of Jagged-Globe.
Image by Steve Bell courtesy Jagged-Globe, SOURCE