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Man who skied down everest

post #1 of 26
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Saw a neat show last night on HD about a Japanese man who skied down Everest in the 70's using a parachute tied to his back. Anyone else see it?

The big run down the mountain was hairy looking but there were some scenes during the documentary of the man skiing other areas. He used very long skis with old leather looking boots. He made it look easy and very elegant while glding down the slopes. I would love to ski half as good as that guy was.
post #2 of 26

he nearly killed himself

stopping just short of a 2000ft drop-off, and 6 sherpas did die in the filming.
post #3 of 26
If he had a parachute, I don't think 2000 ft would be much of a problem... Did he start from the peak?
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by sigfla View Post
Saw a neat show last night on HD about a Japanese man who skied down Everest in the 70's using a parachute tied to his back. Anyone else see it?

The big run down the mountain was hairy looking but there were some scenes during the documentary of the man skiing other areas. He used very long skis with old leather looking boots. He made it look easy and very elegant while glding down the slopes. I would love to ski half as good as that guy was.
He did some testing prior to the actual main run. I watched and recorded it last night as well, amazing picture quality especially since it was shot in the 70s
post #5 of 26
A great show that looked great on HD but........ 6 humans died so this guy could ski down a mountain? I know the sherpas were not forced into doing this but it doesn't make it right. The skier didn't sound all that conflicted about the loss of the 6 people that were supporting him. Challenge and risk can be beneficial if pursued for the betterment of people as a whole not for one guy's. It was a thought provoking show.
post #6 of 26
He didn't ski much of his run. In the 70s people referred to that film as "The Man Who Fell Down Everest."
post #7 of 26
Davo Karnicar skiied top to bottom, including the khumbu ice fall which is notorious for killing climbers..

http://www.planetmountain.com/englis...est/index.html
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post
He didn't ski much of his run. In the 70s people referred to that film as "The Man Who Fell Down Everest."

Bears repeating.
post #9 of 26
Film quality was as good, if not better, than the most recent Everst show on Discovery. He did not ski from the top--rather about 1000 feet from the top. Simply amazing. I only wish they would not have sped up the film during the run---it looked hokey. Plus I wanted to do some MA on it.
post #10 of 26

No turns - did he ski it?

I saw this shortly after it came out (the first time) If I remember correctly the parachute was because he went straight down the fall line, no turns on long boards. Going really fast and then bit it and slide to a stop right above a drop off. It was a Samurai/Banzai type of thing calling him to the mountain. Seems like if he had made a fully controlled descent instead of a parachute semi-controlled descent he would have had a better run.

So here's the question - since he crashed and didn't actually finish the run, did he ski it, or just make an attempt? (PS - I think he landed on his head, was buried head first and needed help digging out, if that helps you decide!! )
post #11 of 26
I loved the part where they were solemnly bemoaning the brutal lack of Oxygen at this great altitude. In the background a sherpa was going about his work smoking a cigarette. Look for it.
post #12 of 26
yeah I can see it now - all the instructors on here exclaiming "hey he's slipping too much - should be carving!"

... it's one of those "ya do what ya have to do to survive" things ....
post #13 of 26
3rd time watching it, 3 Boilermakers (see "A River Runs Through it") and two Henneseys, its a whole new experience. Pretty Epic I must say
post #14 of 26
Not for nothing but this guy was a seriously good skier if he slid and fell most of the way well then thats the only way it could have been done, some sick shizzle ma nizlle......
post #15 of 26
Great preparation- didn't he mount his bindings on the mountain?
post #16 of 26
Yup...hey he adapted as he saw fit...
post #17 of 26
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3rd time watching it, 3 Boilermakers (see "A River Runs Through it") and two Henneseys, its a whole new experience. Pretty Epic I must say
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Not for nothing but this guy was a seriously good skier if he slid and fell most of the way well then thats the only way it could have been done, some sick shizzle ma nizlle......
I don't know if you can still read this but, the reason those boilermakers are hitting so soon is the carbon dioxide opens the valve that lets the alcohol into your intestines where it can be absorbed much faster than through your stomach wall.
post #18 of 26
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I don't know if you can still read this but, the reason those boilermakers are hitting so soon is the carbon dioxide opens the valve that lets the alcohol into your intestines where it can be absorbed much faster than through your stomach wall.
Barely legible....but Epic...its all I can say...this is some very seriousskiing,]...I would do it
post #19 of 26
hes going down...........insane
post #20 of 26
His name is Yuichiro Miura; he's a ski celebrity in Japan and was along with the crew that summited the highest peaks on all continents (think Snowbird owner Dick Bass organized that).
My friend & his family actually live in his old condo in Tokyo; they rented it when Miura moved out in late 70's, then bought it from him sometime around the mid 80's I think.
Miura's father was quite a mountaineer, and his son runs (or ran) his own ski school. They did a three-generation hike up Kilimanjaro when the old man was as I recall about 90.
post #21 of 26
I think it depends on how the sherpas died, if it was in an avalanche then what can I say? Sh*t happens.

If the Japanese guy pushed them off then sure, he deserves some blame. But otherwise I wouldn't really put the blame on him. Sherpas are aware of the dangers. That six sherpas died in the filming of this relates more probably to bad luck then some fault of the one ordering the filming. If simply putting them in such a dangerous situation by paying them to do the filming was irresponsible, then no one should be climbing everest, plain and simple, because anyone doing so will always be putting theirs and others lives at risk.
post #22 of 26
yup - I've seen this a few times before. I thought it was about the guy back around 2000 who skied it - should be a movie about him.

But this movie is great in HD - can't get over the views from 18000 feet with another 10000 foot mountain looming over you and the Lohse face staring at you on the other side. There's definitely a different air about things up there (and lack of oxygen).
post #23 of 26
I remember seeing it when it came out.
post #24 of 26

not skiing

I only saw this when it came out. a bunch of us were watching and yelling at the set: "come on turn, do something, that's not skiing. Your chute is dragging, not working in the thin air" just a disaster. we had no respect for the guy. the gear in those days was adequate for the task. the face was boiler for sure. but then don't do it. it was a joke, no more skiing than a guy climbing Half Dome with a rope and pulley system can be called climbing, and since then some skiers have accomplished quite a bit with respect to first descents from major peaks, and I think Steve McKinney did some real skiing on Everest, as well as others.
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Not for nothing but this guy was a seriously good skier if he slid and fell most of the way well then thats the only way it could have been done, some sick shizzle ma nizlle......
How are you feeling today - all right? Hope it was good whiskey - that helps prevent morning-after issues.

Anyway, Davo Karnicar and Kit Deslauriers managed to actually ski from the summit without a chute or tumbling ass-over-teakettle for hundreds of meters. Just saying that there seems to be another way than Miura's.

Have some aspirin and water. Or some hair of the dog.
post #26 of 26
Ugghh....not good. Cant imagine drinking again...ever.

As far as Miura, seems when he went it was mostly if not all ice. Dont know if its like that year round, but I dont think so since I heard when Everest thaws a bit you can see all the dead bodies scattered on the mountain.

Thanks.
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