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ski tracks on north side of Everest

post #1 of 11
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Anyone else watching Everest on the Discovery Channel?

A couple episodes ago they showed the route from Camp 1 (North Col) to Camp 2 and you could clearly see ski tracks, often in figure 8s, down the snow on the top of the steep ridge. Anyone know anything about them? This is at somewhere between 21,000 and 23,000 feet if I recall correctly. There was maybe 50-100ft range side-to-side to ski and beyond that there are likely 5-10,000ft dropoffs. It is probably about a 45-degree slope, maybe higher, along the area skied.

Yikes!

--Lee
post #2 of 11
the number of people who have skied everest can be counted on one hand (i think maybe 1.5) so it can't be that hard to guess whose those were.
post #3 of 11
You mean the ski tracks from Kit and Rob DesLauriers and Jimmy Chin are still on the mountain? Cool! They skied back on Oct. '06, I believe. Or is the Discovery footage from back then too?
post #4 of 11
Wow. To be one of the few to be able to claim "I've ski'd everest"! Again.. wow.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by PhilT View Post
the number of people who have skied everest can be counted on one hand (i think maybe 1.5) so it can't be that hard to guess whose those were.
I think there is a far larger number of people that have skied "on Everest", just on the lower flanks.
post #6 of 11
Seeing as so many people die there, if you look long and hard enough you could probably find the carcass of a skier or two who left those tracks.....just saying
post #7 of 11
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I think there is a far larger number of people that have skied "on Everest", just on the lower flanks.
Yeah, doubtless.

Also remember that Everest actually receives very little precipitation, despite the extremely cold temperatures it's pretty much a desert. Ski tracks could stay there a really long time if they are not filled in by blowing snow.
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Seeing as so many people die there, if you look long and hard enough you could probably find the carcass of a skier or two who left those tracks.....just saying
Agreed - just dumb. Thrill seekers paradise these days, I guess. I just don't get it. :
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by PhilT View Post
the number of people who have skied everest can be counted on one hand (i think maybe 1.5) so it can't be that hard to guess whose those were.
Norwegian Tormod Granheim skied down the Norton (Great) Couloir then traversed to the North Col after his Swedish companion Tomas Olsson fell to his death. That was in May 2006. They were attempting to ski down the north face together after summitting. Apparently two other swedes skied an easier route down to the North Col at the same time, then helped form a search party to recover Olsson's body.

Olsson fell while rappelling down a 150ft cliff, but actually fell around 2500m as there's nothing to break your fall on the Norton Couloir.

Granheim orginally comes from the area I live in, and I remember reading about his planned trip around Christmas 2005 in the local press. At the time I thought "what an idiot". Given the number of people who die every year climbing on that mountain, thinking you can ski it seemed reckless and respectless. I guess I was half right....
post #10 of 11
On the post show, Everest: After the Climb, this week the main guide said "countless people ski off of the summit every year." I realize thats not a number but it makes me think it isn't that rare.
post #11 of 11
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I think that after climbing Everest you are so O2-deprived you can't count.
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