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Success and tradigy on Mt Everest

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Success
Two Swedish skiers have successfully skied from the top of Mt Everest!
From the Peak they skied to the North Col and from there to Camp 2.

Tradigy
Swedish pro skier/climber Robert Olsson is missing on Mt Everest.
He was not in the same expedition as the other two, but was on the peak at the same time.
He and his Norwiegan partner had chosen a more exposed line on the North Face and skied down to 8500m where they stopped for the first of two rappels. Olsson fell when the belay point ripped and fell about 10 meters onto a very steep and exposed face.
This is the last time he was seen. His partner made it down to ABC and is planning to hike around the mountain to search for his friend tomorrrow, The hike will take approx. 4 days.
post #2 of 14
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Some additional info: mounteverest.net
post #3 of 14
Anyone have any updates on this?
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by memosteve
Anyone have any updates on this?
Victory turned hollow for Swede Tomas Kenneth Olsson, who summited the 8848 m peak on Tuesday but took a tumble while trying to create a world record for the first ski descent and went missing.

Disaster struck on the descent
Olsson and his partner Norwegian Tormod Granheim were planning to create a world record by climbing up Mt Everest from the north via Tibet and then skiing down.

They reached the summit without any mishap around noon Tuesday and after strapping on their skis began coming down when disaster struck.

According to the Mounteverest.net, while descending from the peak the two climbers encountered a rock and began sliding down a rope one end of which was secured from above and the other wound round the body of the climbers.

At a height of around 8500 m, the anchor broke, making Olsson hurtle down. When Granheim, who was following, reached the spot, all he could see was Olsson's ice axe.

Ski descent completed successfully
Granheim managed to ski the rest of the descent without mishap and had descended to 6500m, according to the website.
http://www.natives.co.uk/do/ecco.py/...istitemid=1568&
post #5 of 14
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A team of Sherpas found him, but it was too late. From his injurys they think that he died from the fall.

RIP Tomas
post #6 of 14
Sad. Probably over 90% of the time someone goes "missing" on Everest it really means that they don't know where the body is.

RIP.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by 2-turn

.....trying to create a world record for the first ski descent and went missing.
Didn't a slavic (Czech?) skier ski uninterrupted from the summit this year?
post #8 of 14
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Everest has been skied before. These guys were climbing and skiing the North Face.
That was the record they were after.

The other Swedish team that skied Everest that same day are in the process of skiing the 7 Summits. They only have Antarctica left...
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by mooseknuckle
Didn't a slavic (Czech?) skier ski uninterrupted from the summit this year?
First skier skiing down the Everest in the history was Davo Karničar from Slovenia in October 2000.

Group of Czech skiers planned to ski down Cho Oyu (8201 m) this spring. There was one women in that group - it was intended as a 1st Czech ski down of a woman from 8000+ mountain. I think they succeded, but I'm not sure.
post #10 of 14
I could be wrong, but I seem to remember something about Scott Schmidt skiing Everest a few years back, or was it just some other peak in the Himelayas (how ever it's spelled)?
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by sudovec
First skier skiing down the Everest in the history was Davo Karničar from Slovenia in October 2000.
Yep - that's the guy. Thanks.
post #12 of 14
It's rush hour on Everest, apparently april and may are the best chances to get up it. There's a huge scandal here, a Kiwi climber with 2 fake legs found a British climber in distress as he and his party were going up, and they decided he was going to die anyway and left him! He was out of Oxygen, above the 8000 metre line.

<http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/fir...524818990.html>

Sir Edmund Hillary is disgusted about it.
post #13 of 14
Ant, 40 climbers passed the dying brit on their way to the summit. I'm not sure why the double amputee seems to be taking the blame for not trying to save him. Of the forty climbers, likely he was the least able to assist in a rescue. An interesting thread about this at telemarktips.com;

www.telemarktalk.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=22727

The guy posting as robrox gives some balance to the discussion. Apparently the handicapped guy's party did give the victim oxygen, putting themselves at some greater risk.

I guess they could have given him additional help if they had abandoned their own summit bid, but probably would not have been able to save him no matter what they did. Still I have to agree it does seem pretty sick that all those climbers just kept going uphill, but I lack the knowledge to pass judgement.
post #14 of 14
I heard he had taken his coat and gloves off and was very close to death when found.
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