Saturday, May 14, 2016

Power couple of grand-scale mountaineering

Romano Benet and Nives Meroi are the most legendary mountain-climbing couple I've come across. Their individual accomplishments aside, few hours back, these two summited Mt. Makalu, completing 13 of the 14 eight-thousanders.

In true alpine style, all of Nives's and Romano's 8,000 m climbs have been completed without supplementary oxygen and without sherpas. It has been said that "(...) their style of mountaineering belongs to another era."
1994 K2, attempt
1996 Everest, attempt
1998 Nanga Parbat, summit (Nives becomes the first Italian woman to summit)
1999 Shisha Pangma, summit
1999 Cho Oyu, summit
2003 Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II and Broad Peak summits (in 20 days)
2004 Lhotse, summit
2006 Dhaulagiri, summit
2006 Annapurna, attempt
2006 K2, summit (Nives è la prima donna italiana in vetta)
2007 Everest, summit (Nives becomes the first Italian woman to summit without supplementary oxygen)
2008 Makalu, attempt (winter expedition)
2008 Manaslu, summit
2009 Annapurna, attempt immediately abandoned
2009 Kangchenjunga, attempt immediately abandoned 
2012 Kangchenjunga, attempt
2014 Kangchenjunga, summit
2016 Makalu, summit

Note: Nives is the more popular of the couple - having a Wikipedia page even in English. Romano Benet,  only Wiki-d in Italian, has an introduction that Google cheekily translated as
Romano Benet ( Tarvisio , 20 April 1962 ) is a mountaineer Italian .
It is one of the largest Italian mountaineers, known for the exploits of the wife, also a mountaineer Nives Meroi 

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