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Kit DesLauriers Skis Everest

post #1 of 19
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This is just a fantastic accomplishment reported October 19 in the Jackson Hole Daily.
"Teton Village resident Kit DesLauriers became the first woman to ski from the summit of Mount Everest when she carved historic turns Wednesday.

DesLauriers reached the summit of Everest at 11 a.m. local time, strapped on her skis, and was safe at the South Col less than four and a half hours later."

The remainder of the descent down from the 25,938-foot-high South Col, across and down the Lhotse Face, through the Western Cwm and the Khumbu Icefall to reach base camp at about 17,500 feet, is supposed to happen today.

I just can't imagine what it must take for an expedition to put a woman and her equipment on top of Everest in condition to make a skiing descent; and the talent, skill and athleticism required to accomplish this.

post #2 of 19
incredible
post #3 of 19
Wow, that is amazing. The high altitude game is a whole different level.

Congrats to Kit!
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post #5 of 19
Just to add a little to this HUGE accomplishment, This (Everest) was the last of the 'Highest Peaks' for her. She just became the FIRST HUMAN to ski the highest peak on every continent (the article says 4, Her Dad and brother Adam say shes got the other 6). She is amazing.
post #6 of 19
WOW!

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post #7 of 19
Is Kit the wife or sister of the DesLauriers brothers?
post #8 of 19
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Is Kit the wife or sister of the DesLauriers brothers?
She's Rob's wife.
post #9 of 19
Excellent! What's next!?
post #10 of 19
Wow. Phenomenal. Just brilliant!
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Update: The mission was fully accomplished See the Berg Adventures link. Talk about a "Trip Report" You can follow the dispatches from beginning to end. Be sure to check the link for the complete story and great pictures (the ones posted below are generic and didn't have the copyright plastered all over them).


According to the Wally Berg Adventures website, (link at the end of the story) on October 18th, the group (comprising 14 total climbers including Sherpas) achieved the first fall summit of the mountain in four years. According to the dispatcher, some of the Sherpas could be overheard saying “”Kit is putting on her skis”. Here we go. this is history folks.”
The next dispatch reported that the team was resting at Camp IV, sleeping in their tents on the South Col, and that Kit arrived at least 90 minutes before the rest of the crew (because she skied there?!). The following day, Kit, Jimmy and Rob skied the Lhotse Face (5,000 vertical feet of bulletproof ice) – which the entire team reports on the Berg site as “The hardest skiing we’d ever done.”

Rob described the descent:
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"The snow was now largely gone and left behind was 5,000 vertical feet of 45 to 50 degree mostly shimmering blue and white ice. Rob, Jimmy and I picked our way down by linking up patches of acceptable snow among the other shiny options."

It was some of the most serious skiing I’ve ever done in my life. I couldn’t even penetrate my ice axe more than an inch into most of the Lhotse Face. I knew it was serious when I looked over at Jimmy and asked “Are you shooting?” and he simply replied, “No.”
The last dispatch reports that the entire team has been celebrating at Camp II – not off the mountain yet, but well past the crux.

This story is still on the mountain, and I'm amazed we havn't seen more of it in the news.

post #12 of 19
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"The snow was now largely gone and left behind was 5,000 vertical feet of 45 to 50 degree mostly shimmering blue and white ice. Rob, Jimmy and I picked our way down by linking up patches of acceptable snow among the other shiny options."

It was some of the most serious skiing I’ve ever done in my life. I couldn’t even penetrate my ice axe more than an inch into most of the Lhotse Face.
: : :

I will never again complain about New England hardpack conditions... I will never again complain about New England hardpack... I will never again complain about New England hardpack...
post #13 of 19
Puts a whole new complexion on "you fall, you die" terrain, doesn't it?
post #14 of 19
I am in awe. I'd love to see that whole adventure as an Imax film. Woof!
post #15 of 19
This is an incredible story all around -- not only for the amazing physical accomplishments of those who skied the "hill," but for the teamwork and cooperation that it took among all involved to achieve this great feat. I got the impression from reading all the reports that this was one team-oriented mission, and their acknowledgment of that gave me the "warm fuzzies" too. It's great to have such incredible athletes really recognize and deeply appreciate the contributions of those who helped them get there (native Sherpas, etc.). That really fulfills the mission in my book. Right on! Way to go, team! Can't wait to see footage of this.
post #16 of 19
She was just on NPR.

Sounds like a great lady. Awesome achievement!
post #17 of 19
I heard the end of the NPR interview, she IS the first to ski the '7 summits', I think thats bigger than skiing Everest. Or should be.

The best line of the interview I heard was her talking about Rob skiing up to her on the descent and asking how she was doing, to which she responded "I'm scared and don't want to die." He replied "Thats a good plan, let stick with that."
post #18 of 19
"I'm scared and don't want to die." me too- and I'm just sitting here looking at the photos.

wow.
post #19 of 19
I feel humbled and exalted at the same time to read the accounts.
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