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  Everest 2006 Expedition: Skiing the north face of Everest (8848m) Update


Pictures©Tomas Olsson

Update 5/09/2006: We finally got some decent skiing on the north face of Everest!

Me, Thor Granheim and photographer Fredrik Schenholm has been in Tibet for more then a month. We have been fighting our ways up the slopes of the highest mountain of the world and skied from about 7500 metres twice.  But the most exciting was skiing a bit of powder on the north face of Everest!

We are now resting a couple of days in a Tibetan village before heading up the mountain again with the ambition to ski from the summit and down the north face! Regards, Tomas Olsson

Background: Two Vikings are getting prepared. In about one year the ambition is to stand on the summit of Everest, take a deep breath in the thin air, point the skis toward Tibet and ski down the north face of Everest. The ultimate first ski descent from the summit of the highest peak in the world.

Swedish Tomas Olsson and Norwegian Tormod Granheim do not come empty-handed. Their ski adventures together have taken them to an 8000 meter high summit and down close to 60° steep slopes.

The most recent adventure, September & October 2004, was a ski descent of Cho Oyu (8201 meters) in Tibet. They both managed to make “clean” ski descents of the sixth highest peak in the world. They did not use supplementary oxygen and not high altitude porters during the expedition. In addition they managed to make an uninterrupted ski descent from the summit at 8201 meters to 6400 meters without using ropes or any other climbing gear.

- I could see the north face of Everest from the summit of Cho Oyu. It was inspiring and I could feel how I was drawn towards Everest. After a magic moment on the summit I turned my back to Everest and skied powder on the summit plateau of Cho Oyu. Incredible to ski powder above 8000 meters, comments Tomasą.

Tomas and Tormod both live in Chamonix in the French Alps. On a daily basis they train in the Mont Blanc region. They have made ski descents of steep classics as Couloir du Diable (50-55°) and the north face of Aiguille du Midi (50-58°).

The main sponsors of the expedition are Bergans of Norway, Silva Sweden and Focalpoint.

ąThe ambition was to, after Cho Oyu, directly continue to yet another 8000 meter high mountain, Shisha Pangma, but this quest was stopped by Chinese authorities. Unexpectedly the Chinese authorities closed down the mountain due to “bad weather” and the Vikings were stopped from even trying climbing the mountain.

An American team of Steve Marolt, Jeremie Oates, Jim Gile, Kevin Dunnett, and Mike Marolt will also attempt to Everest in 2006.

 

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