Italian Mountaineer Merelli Dies in Fall

Accident in Italian Alps

Bergamo Alps

Bergamo Alps     Photo: Paolo da Reggio/Wikimedia Commons

Italian mountaineer Mario Merelli died on Wednesday in a fall from Pizzo Redorta in the Bergamo Alps, near Val Seriana, Italy. A helicopter team recovered his body after the accident. Merelli, 49, was an accomplished climber who had summitted 11 of the Himalayas' 14 eight-thousand-meter mountains, including Everest, which he climbed twice. In 2005, Merelli summitted Annapurna with Ed Viesturs, for Viesturs's final eight-thousander.

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