Mondinelli, Abele Blanc, Mark Camandona, Mark Barmasse and the remains
of Christian Kuntner have already been evacuated, according to Italian
Gnaro is devastated, reporting
that the ice avalanche hit in a place where
it had already struck three times. This
morning, the avalanche came again - ice
boulders struck the climbers and Christian
died from inner hemorrhages in Camp 2.
A doctor from Colorado
tried to save his life, but Christian was too seriously hurt. Silvio
told the media that Abele Blanc was upset and under shock. Both Christian
and Silvio had summited the mountain before the avalanche struck. Annapurna
was Christian's ultimate 14, 8000er climb. It became his last one.
Christian Kuntner (South Tirol, 1962)
climbed 14, 8000+ mountains: Cho Oyu in 1991, Manaslu in 1992, Broad
Peak in 1993, Dhaulagiri in 1994, Everest through the North West
Ridge 1995, K2 in 1996 by the Japanese route through North face,
Shisha Pangma in 1998 (descent on Skies), GI and GII in 1999, Makalu
in 2000, Nanga Parbat in 2001, Kangchenjunga by a new route in 2003,
Lhotse in 2004 and Annapurna in 2005.
After former attempts in 1997 (north
side), 2002 and 2003 (south side), Kuntner returned this Autumn to
Annapurna, the last of the, 14 8000+ for him to summit.
Image of Christian, on top on the summit
of Schreckhorn, courtesy of Christiankuntner.com.