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Skiing Everest

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I had the incredible good fortune to be invited to a slide and video show by Rob Deslaurier a couple days ago. The subject was the trip he, photographer Jimmy Chin, and Rob's wife Kit took to ski Mt. Everest in October of 2006.

Skiing Everest made Kit Deslaurier the first human (man OR woman) to have skied from the summits of the highest mountains on all seven continents. It's an incredible feat and the photos/video just drive that home even more. You can see a snippet of the video here:

http://www.kitdski.com/skiMountaineering.php

Hit the "video" button and you'll see about 40 seconds of the 15-minute video Rob showed us. He was kind enough to give me one of his two dvd's of the film so I could bring it home to show my wife. I've watched it four times now and I still can't get over it. It's the best footage I've ever seen of climbing the section between the South Summit and the actual summit. I've never really been able to mentally picture the Hillary Step until seeing this video. You'll see it very briefly at the very top of the frame at about 35 seconds into the video on that page.

You can also see some of the photos of the expedition at this site:

http://www.kitdski.com/photoGallery.php

In the "Please Select a Gallery" menu bar, hit "Everest, Nepal".

The photos of skiing on that page are on the Lhotse Face, but on a day when they were doing acclimatization skiing rather than the actual summit day. By summit day, almost all the snow cover that you see in these photos had blown or avalanched off and they were skiing what can only really be described as blue ice with a tiny bit of "texture" to it. That's blue ice with a slope of about 50 degrees and almost 5,000 vertical with bergschrunds, crevasses, and avalanche debris at the bottom. It's an accomplishment that just boggles the mind.

The reason I bring all this up is that it sounds like Rob is going to make the video available on YouTube in some form later this year. When I hear about how you could get access to it, I'll post it here. It's an amazing thing to watch.

Wow.
post #2 of 10
Very cool. I recall a documentary from long ago "The Man Who Skied Everest"? think it was called. He brought a parachute and fell (cartwheeled) several times. It was absolutely insane!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man...d_Down_Everest

I'm sure your friend's line was a lot better thought out
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Very cool. I recall a documentary from long ago "The Man Who Skied Everest"? think it was called. He brought a parachute and fell (cartwheeled) several times. It was absolutely insane!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man...d_Down_Everest

I'm sure your friend's line was a lot better thought out
I think she might also be a much better skier. She's one of the best ever.

It's interesting you bring that up, though. Rob mentioned during the showing that Mr. Miura came back a few years ago and climbed Everest again - didn't try to ski it, though.
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Mr. Miura nearly killed himself in his 1975 skiing attempt on Everest. He didn't ski off the summit, and relied on a parachute to slow his descent in an ineffective wedge. His self-arrest skills leave questions regarding his mountaineering and sanity as he stopped just 250 feet short of a large crevasse.



He climbed again at the age of 70 and 75. Just amazing.
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Mr. Miura nearly killed himself in his 1975 skiing attempt on Everest. He didn't ski off the summit, and relied on a parachute to slow his descent in an ineffective wedge. His self-arrest skills leave questions regarding his mountaineering and sanity as he stopped just 250 feet short of a large crevasse.
I saw that film a few months ago and had exactly the same impression.

It ought to have been called, "The Man Who Fell Down Everest."
post #6 of 10
Bob, Wow, just wow!
I continue to feel small in a world of amazing people.
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
Mr. Miura nearly killed himself in his 1975 skiing attempt on Everest. He didn't ski off the summit, and relied on a parachute to slow his descent in an ineffective wedge. His self-arrest skills leave questions regarding his mountaineering and sanity as he stopped just 250 feet short of a large crevasse.



He climbed again at the age of 70 and 75. Just amazing.
Cool, I hadn't seen that footage since I was 10 years old. I was just learning to ski at that point. They did a great job re mastering it. Looks like some pretty brutal wind blown boiler plate to me, and he's on 1974 skis at best, might even have those screwed on edges. Still, obviously not an expert skier Still, I wouldn't say I would do much better under identical conditions, same equipment, having just climbed up there, being at that altitude, and at my current age.
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Kit isn't Mr Miura, she's probably the most impressive physical specimens of either gender I've ever met. She is one Bad A** chick.
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Kit isn't Mr Miura, she's probably the most impressive physical specimens of either gender I've ever met. She is one Bad A** chick.
You can say ass!
And, though I have not met her, I'd concur. She is one Bad Ass chick!
What I've seen of her, she is humble, too, which makes her all that much more amazing.
post #10 of 10
Nice, appreciate the links....
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