8,000-Meter Chase Turns Deadly


Less than a week after Ed Viesturs summited Annapurna to become the first American to climb all 14 of the worldís 8,000-meter peaks, the same mountain dealt a reminder of just how dangerous this game can be. On May 18, Christian Kuntner, a veteran climber from the South Tyrol region of Italy, was killed by serac fall on the north side of Annapurna.Like Viesturs, Kuntner had hoped to complete his 8,000-meter quest on Annapurna, and he was following the same route that Viesturs took to the summit on May 12. Viesturs backed off Annapurna twice, in 2000 and 2002, because of safety concerns.