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Another Romanian conquers Everest

Horia Colibasanu

Chairman of the Romanian Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing Justin Ionescu on Tuesday reached the top of the Everest peak (8,848 m), shortly after another Romanian alpinist, Horia Colibasanu, had managed to conquer the world's highest mountain.

''News from the Himalayas: yesterday morning, Justin Ionescu reached the top of the Everest, climbing the southern side of it. Stay tuned for more information,'' the federation said in a Facebook post.

Horia Colibasanu on Tuesday climbed the Everest (8,848 m), the world's highest peak, without needing additional oxygen or Sherpas, a first for Romanian mountaineering and also a remarkable world sports achievement.

''It was horribly hard and very, very cold. I made it. I am okay; I take pictures from the peak and then climb back down. On the other side of the peak expeditions taking the south route are visible,'' Colibasanu said immediately after reaching the peak.

According to a press statement, the climbing took almost 12 hours, with Colibasanu resting at 8,300m. He climbed parallel to the Sherpas who were setting in place the cords form the 2017 season. His decision to leave soon for the peak is said to have been the result of two reasons: avoiding the crowds to cut the time he was exposed to high altitude, giving himself time in case of bad weather to attempt climbing several times.

''After climbing up the peak yesterday, Horia climbed down back to the camp at 8,300m to rest. Wednesday morning he said he was descending and would probably take another rest at 7,100 m. He is okay, but exhausted,'' reads a post published on the official Facebook page of Colibasanu.



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