Francesco Enrico Marchetti, 54, died while descending Everest. Picture: Facebook
Francesco Enrico Marchetti, 54, died while descending Everest. Picture: Facebook

True Mackay adventurer dies on Mt Everest

UPDATE 10.35am: Frank Marchetti was a "true gentleman".

John Cooney was out walking on Monday morning trying to come to grips with the death of a close friend.

Mr Marchetti died while descending Mt Everest in Tibet after suffering altitude sickness.

Mr Marchetti died as he climbed down to the lower camps from the North Col route on Sunday morning, The Himalayan Times reports.

Mr Cooney had known Mr Marchetti for 30 years.

"He is one of the true gentleman," Mr Cooney said.

"Just his energy and positivity was overwhelming.  He would bound in to whatever you were doing, and he was ready to do something. 

"It didn't matter if it was climbing or something else he always gave 110%."

Mr Cooney said Everest had always been one of Mr Marchetti's personal challenges.

INITIAL:  A 54-YEAR-OLD Mackay man has died while descending Mt Everest in Tibet after suffering from altitude sickness.

"The climber breathed his last at an altitude of 7500m on the Tibetan side when he was descending to lower camps after suffering from altitude sickness at around 8000m on the mountain," officials at the Tibet Mountaineering Association said.

Frank Marchetti lived in Mackay with his wife and had studied vocational teaching at Griffith University.

He shared photos of him and his wife on various climbing expeditions.

In 2015, he and his wife were among six trekkers on Mt Everest when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake ravaged Nepal.

The group took cover as the ground shook and boulders whizzed towards them on the mountainside.

"We heard a rock fall avalanche off to our side and felt the ground shake (and) we took cover behind a small ridge and watched the rocks whiz toward us," Frank Marchetti told the Daily Mercury at the time.

"The majority of them stopped well short of us, but a few of the larger boulders crossed the track in front of us."

Once the rocks stopped falling they resumed the journey, unaware of the catastrophic situation unfolding in Nepal.

Frank Marchetti had been enjoying uninterrupted views of the mountain in cold but fine weather.

Earlier the same day Mr Marchetti had held the first Anzac Day dawn service on the mountain.

Francesco Enrico Marchetti has died after suffering from altitude sickness. Picture: Facebook
Francesco Enrico Marchetti has died after suffering from altitude sickness. Picture: Facebook

TWO OTHER CLIMBERS KILLED ON WEEKEND

Meanwhile, two other climbers died and another was missing on the world's tallest peak over the weekend.

Roland Yearwood, 50, from the US state of Alabama died near the summit of Mt Everest on Sunday following a successful ascent, expedition organisers said. They did not have other details about his death.

Yearwood, a doctor, reportedly survived the earthquake-triggered avalanche in 2015.

Slovak mountaineer Vladimir Strba also died, but little is known about his death.

Indian climber Ravi Kamar is missing after falling sick on his way down from the summit.

His accompanying Nepalese sherpa also fell sick but was able to drag himself to the last camp at South Col, located at 8000m. He had suffered frostbite and was hooked to oxygen bottles, according to nzherald.com.nz.

The Nepalese Tourism Department issued a record 371 permits this year to people to scale the mountain. The increased number of climbers this year is likely because many people were unable to climb in 2014 and 2015.

The 2015 season was scrapped after 19 climbers were killed and 61 injured by an avalanche at the base camp triggered by a massive earthquake. In 2014, an avalanche at the Khumbu Icefall killed 16 Sherpa guides.

News Corp Australia


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