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Giovanni Quirici - Pro Team

Mammut Pro Team athlete Giovanni Quirici in fatal accident

With enormous sorrow we learned on 12 August 2011 that on that same Friday the Mammut Pro Team athlete Giovanni Quirici suffered a fatal accident after a violent fall into his rope. This took place on the North Face of the Eiger on the “Le Chant Du Cygne” route. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to all his friends and family.

Giovanni Quirici was a wonderful person and important Pro Team athlete for Mammut. His friendly ways and humorous lifestyle along with his continuously impressive ascents will leave a permanent mark on all of us. Giovanni last brought attention to himself with his free ascent of “Yeah Man” (8b+) in the Gastlosen chain. Among his many accomplishments are also top ascents such as “Tough Enough” in Madagascar or the first free ascent of the “Timofeev” route, which took place during the Mammut team trip to Kyrgyzstan.

He will be sorely missed!

Nickname: Gio

Born: 9 May 1978

Deceased: 12 August 2011

Place of birth: Bidogno (Tessin)

Place of residence: Geneva

Website/profile: Facebook | Youtube

Accomplishments:

  • First free ascent in one day: Yeah Man (8b+, 7b obl., 330 m), Gastlosen, Switzerland (2010)
  • First free ascent: Timofeev route (7b+, 7a obl., 900 m), Kirghizstan (2009)
  • First free ascent: The Power of Lady (8c), Salève, France (2009)
  • First free attempt: Tough Enough (8c, 7a obl., 400 m), Karambony, Madagascar (2007)
  • Open from the bottom and first free ascent: Samsara is Nirvana (7b, 7b obl., 650 m), Ladakh, India (2007)
  • First free attempt: West Pillar, Grand Diedre Desplomado (8a/A3, 1200 m), Nameless Tower, Pakistan (2006)
  • First free ascent: Super Cirille (8a, 7a obl., 250 m), Val Bavona, Switzerland (2006) 
  • First free ascent: Anche per oggi non si vola (7c+/8a, 6b obl., 300m), Val di Mello, Italy (2006)
  • First free ascent: Arctandria (8a+, A2+ R, 450 m), Blamann, Norway (2005)
  • Open from the bottom and first free ascent: Ritorni Notturni (8a+, 7b obl., 250 m), Verzasca, Switzerland (2005)
  • First on sight: Sconfiggere il drago (7c, 6b obl., 200 m), Denti della vecchia, Switzerland (2005)
  • Second free ascent: Futura (7c+, 6c obl., 500 m), Alnasca, Switzerland (2005)
  • Open from the bottom and first free ascent: Diamond Inside (7c, 6b+ obl., 330 m), Aladaglar, Turkey (2004)

Expeditions:

  • Climbing (mountaineering) expedition in Kirghisztan (2009)
  • Nature exploration expedition (Makay) and climbing (Karambony) in Madagascar (2007) - www.makaynature.org
  • Climbing (mountaineering) expedition in Ladakh (2007)
  • Climbing (mountaineering) expedition in Pakistan (2006)
  • Nature exploration expedition and climbing in Mali (2005) - www.hombori.org
  • Climbing (mountaineering) expedition in Norway (2005)
  • Climbing (mountaineering) expedition in USA (2004)
  • Climbing (mountaineering) expedition from Switzerland to Iran (2004) - www.spedizione2004.com