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ski everest?

Poll Results: would u ski everest?

 
  • 23% (14)
    yes
  • 76% (45)
    no
59 Total Votes  
post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
would u ski everest, i think it is possible because i read somewhere that someone has done it fully from summit to basecamp. but damn when i look at the alpineascents website a trip to everest cost 65k + u have to buy air tickest to nepal + buy your own gear (with exception of oxygen tank) do u think 65k is worht to climb worlds highest mountain? would u ski down it?
post #2 of 32
No, but that's just me... whatever blows your bubble I'd say.
post #3 of 32
No. It wouldn't even really be skiing. just a survival decent with skis on your feet rather than crampons. If I had 65g's in disposable income, I could think of a lot better ways to dispose of it than Everest.
post #4 of 32
Am I capable? Yes, with proper preparation (mountain climbing training and such). Would I want to? Hell no. People die up there... more often than they live. I love the back country (and wish I had the opportunity to ski it), and virtually nothing scares me... but the mere idea of skiing Everest or similar peaks gives me a real erie feeling that it is probably not a great idea.
Later
GREG
post #5 of 32
Would I ski Everest?....Yes. Do I think $65k is worth it?...don't know. For me, the thought of skiing Everest falls under the heading of a "once in a lifetime experience." Heck, just seeing Everest is a once in a lifetime experience for most people! So, it's hard for me to place a value on that type of experience, even if I had the $65k to blow.

There may be an alternative to climbing Everest in the near future. A couple months ago I read of a new world record for highest landing by a helicopter. Appearantly, a helicopter(I think it was a Twinstar) landed atop the summit of Everest, thus setting the record. I wouldn't be surprised if in the near future someone attempts to capitalize on that heli's ability by providing heli flights to the top. I find it hard to imagine it being any more dangerous than climbing that beast. Also, I wouldn't even venture a guess as to the cost for a lift up to the top. On the positive side, it is definately quicker!
post #6 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by hercules
Would I ski Everest?....Yes. Do I think $65k is worth it?...don't know. For me, the thought of skiing Everest falls under the heading of a "once in a lifetime experience." Heck, just seeing Everest is a once in a lifetime experience for most people! So, it's hard for me to place a value on that type of experience, even if I had the $65k to blow.

There may be an alternative to climbing Everest in the near future. A couple months ago I read of a new world record for highest landing by a helicopter. Appearantly, a helicopter(I think it was a Twinstar) landed atop the summit of Everest, thus setting the record. I wouldn't be surprised if in the near future someone attempts to capitalize on that heli's ability by providing heli flights to the top. I find it hard to imagine it being any more dangerous than climbing that beast. Also, I wouldn't even venture a guess as to the cost for a lift up to the top. On the positive side, it is definately quicker!

This post makes me a sad panda.



Then again, so does the original post, but for entirely different reasons.
post #7 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by staffpro
would u ski everest, i think it is possible because i read somewhere that someone has done it fully from summit to basecamp. but damn when i look at the alpineascents website a trip to everest cost 65k + u have to buy air tickest to nepal + buy your own gear (with exception of oxygen tank) do u think 65k is worht to climb worlds highest mountain? would u ski down it?
No. It's not a money issue (though I don't have the 65K anyway). I just don't want to die. (people die there on a weekly basis, people far more competent than me). I wouldn't make it to the top. And (if heli dropped on th etop) I wouldn't be able to ski such steep hazardous terrain.
It's absolutly not in my league.
post #8 of 32
flawed..needs uppercase choices..
post #9 of 32
I don't know so much about skiing it as much as I would love to summit. Can't imagine the feeling of standing on top of world, knowing you can go no higher than where you currently stand. Very powerful.

Powdr
post #10 of 32
: : : people die up there because the last 1000' ascent is literally taken one step at a time. You run out of breath after taking one(1) step. Imagine carrying your gear, or wearing it. Also, those bodies are still there. I don't know if anyone who died has been drug back down.
post #11 of 32
Nope. Wouldn't do it.

I don't know how powerful of a feeling it would be, lacking all that O2 and being so near death. Plus, I get a better view from 35,000 feet moving at 500 mph.
post #12 of 32
I read a book about Everest and there were pictures of dead bodies just lying around. The custom is to throw the bodies into a nearby crevass but that doesnt seem to happen alot.
post #13 of 32
When I was a freshman we did a whole unit on Mt.Everest, and I seriously dont think you could ski down from the summit. But thats just me.
post #14 of 32
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Originally Posted by Kowalski
When I was a freshman we did a whole unit on Mt.Everest, and I seriously dont think you could ski down from the summit. But thats just me.
I was waiting for a sane response to this question. It seems that people forget that there is a section (Hilary's ladder ???) where you have to hold on to ropes to climb a very rocky section. Skiing Everest from the summit does not sound very realistic to me. :
post #15 of 32
Would ... if what?
post #16 of 32
If i had a wicked death wish .................... ID DO IT!
post #17 of 32
Read "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer if you really want to know what being on Everest would be like.

After having read that, I can't imagine even having the ability to ski a steep green pitch at the summit of Everest.
post #18 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by TomB
I was waiting for a sane response to this question. It seems that people forget that there is a section (Hilary's ladder ???) where you have to hold on to ropes to climb a very rocky section. Skiing Everest from the summit does not sound very realistic to me. :
The section you are referring to is called the Hillary Step. It's a 40 foot rock face. Everest is apparently not very technically demanding (to climb) but the altitude has such severe effects on the human body that its basically like having a 75% penalty to your mental and physical capacity and thats even after a long period (months) of acclimation. You are lucky to even make it to the summit with the help of bottled oxygen.

I thought it was impossible to fly a helicopter to a height high enough to land on Everest.
post #19 of 32
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Originally Posted by onyxjl

I thought it was impossible to fly a helicopter to a height high enough to land on Everest.
Do to the weather it is impossible amongst other factors... (Now I know someone will somehow prove me wrong )

I would not ski it... I hope you are not thinking about it...
If you are I hope you only plan to ski say 1/2 of it.
post #20 of 32

skiing everest

It may not be realistic but it has been done.

http://www.planetmountain.com/Englis...eople/everest/

Davo Karnicar, a Slovenian, skied it uninterrupted (not removing his skis on the Hillary Step) a few years back.
post #21 of 32
I would love to ski everest. Pay me 65k and I'll do it for ya.
post #22 of 32
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ferniefreeheels
No. It wouldn't even really be skiing. just a survival decent with skis on your feet rather than crampons. If I had 65g's in disposable income, I could think of a lot better ways to dispose of it than Everest.
i for one do not have 65k disposable income its interesting that a peak nearby everest only like 500 feet shorter is only 11k thats like a bargain in comparison to everest, then if u look at mt baker inwashington it is only 700$ for a 3 day trip with guide.
post #23 of 32
I would ski it, but not walk up. Take a heli and be sweet.

The fastest down time IMO is still held by Marco Siffredi on a snowboard. He got top to basecamp in under 5 hrs. Just removed the board from his feet for 30m. Kudos to the sickest Big Mountain Rider ever (even many mountaineers adored his skills - died in an avalanche in the himalayas - he even wanted to board down the K2 which is even sicker)
post #24 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by sjcoll
It may not be realistic but it has been done.

http://www.planetmountain.com/Englis...eople/everest/

Davo Karnicar, a Slovenian, skied it uninterrupted (not removing his skis on the Hillary Step) a few years back.
Wow.
post #25 of 32
Davo Karnicar doubted that anyone could ski the north face. But Marco Siffredi did it -hehe showing off something not yet achieved on skis. The Video of Marco can still be found on the net showing extracts from his scary ride. Maybe I try to find the link later on.
post #26 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by hercules
There may be an alternative to climbing Everest in the near future. A couple months ago I read of a new world record for highest landing by a helicopter. Appearantly, a helicopter(I think it was a Twinstar) landed atop the summit of Everest, thus setting the record. I wouldn't be surprised if in the near future someone attempts to capitalize on that heli's ability by providing heli flights to the top. I find it hard to imagine it being any more dangerous than climbing that beast. Also, I wouldn't even venture a guess as to the cost for a lift up to the top. On the positive side, it is definately quicker!
Actually, I think that flying a helicopter to the summit of Everest and stepping out would be signifigantly more dangerous then trying to hike up. I've heard that the air on the summit is so thin that a non-acclimatized person would be unconscious in about 5 minutes and dead in about 10.

The summit of Everest is well into what climbers call the "dead zone". I forget where the "dead zone" is generally considered to begin, but essentially it refers to the point at which you start using more energy simply trying to breathe then you gain from getting fresh oxygen. i.e., breathing becomes an anerobic activity! Put another way, if you were to go to sleep, you'd wake up more tired then you were when you went to sleep (assuming you woke up at all).
post #27 of 32

everest the hard way

you think you could? its been a movie a long time ago---"the man who skied down everest" a jap. 6 people died. give it a whirl. you can kill yourself cheaper.
post #28 of 32
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Originally Posted by extremecarver
I would ski it, but not walk up. Take a heli and be sweet.

The fastest down time IMO is still held by Marco Siffredi on a snowboard. He got top to basecamp in under 5 hrs. Just removed the board from his feet for 30m. Kudos to the sickest Big Mountain Rider ever (even many mountaineers adored his skills - died in an avalanche in the himalayas - he even wanted to board down the K2 which is even sicker)
Siffredi died while trying to board Everest again.
post #29 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by TomB
I was waiting for a sane response to this question. It seems that people forget that there is a section (Hilary's ladder ???) where you have to hold on to ropes to climb a very rocky section. Skiing Everest from the summit does not sound very realistic to me. :
Unbelievably it has been done a number of times. The first ski descent was done by Hans Kammerlander in 1996. Amazingly he made the quickest ascent, using no supplementary oxygen in 17 hours, and then descended on ski's. He went over the Chinese side.

He's still alive and well, living as a mountain guide in (Italian) Tirol. He has an number of books to his name describing his expeiences. He is a real record seeker. One of his other exploits was doing all four classics routes up the Matterhorn in 24 hours!
post #30 of 32
Sure I`d ski it. As soon as it`s groomed.
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