Update: Very sad news as the body of
TOMAS KENNETH OLSSON was found
by sherpas on everest.. Our Prayers go out the his family and loved ones....
TOMAS KENNETH OLSSON is missing.
After Summiting and attempting to Ski down Everest, Thomas went missing.
Details are very thin. His other team members are at camp 2 and are looking
May 16th In our Arun
International Everest expedition, the two members name by TOMAS KENNETH OLSSON
& TORMOD GRANHEIM including the Tsering pande bhote & Lama Babu Sherpa
(Climbing Guides) has made the successful summit victory over the Mt Everest
on 16th of may 2006.
As their plan, Tomas & Tromod
are skiing down from the summit from the Norton couloir’s. Arun Treks &
Expedition expressed our hearty CONGRATULATION to all the Everest Summiteers &
want to safe coming down to BC.
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°
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 Tomas¹.
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.
¹The 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
will also attempt to
Everest in 2006.
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