continents, advantures, preparations, uncertainties, celebrations, climbs and
continuous skiing down the slopes of the highest spots of the continents.
Seven wishes come true and seven different lifestyles
, trying to summarize
the impressions of my trails in a small tent, veiled in the moist and the cold
of the Antarctic fog.
Everest, October 7th, 2000
top after eight hours of climbing from the Southern slope accompanied by the
Pasang Tenzing, Franc Oderlap and by the sherpa Ang Dorja Chuldium. At around
6 am. Dealing with -32 degrees Celsius an hour later, right before the ski
descent. Relaxing first few metres of the gently sloping ridge to check the
equipment, side slithering down the sharp and winding crest over the Hilary
level. The danger of the snowslide between the southern top and the southern
mountain pass due to the blowing snow, icebound Lhotse rock wall here and
there all the way to the Western hollow. A long rest and time to think about
the ice cataract, phisically the hardest section of the skiing below the
Western shoulder and the Lho La mountain pass. Underneath the frightening
overhangs and over the bare slopes where snowslides thunder almost each and
every day, all until fulfilling the dreams: from the highest spot down to 5350
metres, where the snow dissapears, and finally to the base camp. After 4 hours
and 40 minutes of skiing the two-day waiting for my friends, that descended in
the standard fashion, began. The triumph was substantiated by the three more
Slovenian climbs to the top. In Namche Bazar, next to Chang and Rakshi, the
idea about skiing down all the continents was born.
Mount Kilimanjaro, November 2001
I still feel
bad for not acting according to the rules of the National park that forbid any
kind of activity except walking on the Kilimanjaro slope. A meter long skiis
were for sure not easy to hide in my otherwise very comfortable backpack.
Utter exotic Leaning on my ski poles and performing three small hops down
the gently sloping rocks, I reached the volcanic sand. As far as the running
dry glacier there is no particulary steep slope
hard pushing and smooth
turns as well as falling over when hitting the snow base make me laugh every
time I watch the video. Along the edge of the glacier throught the snow in
direction to the city Arusha and then ascending back to where we started.
Fullfiling the set goal once again from the top, not one meter below it, all
the way down to where there snow diminishes. I am very proud of the daughter
of my co-climber, 13-year old Tadeja, and my son, 15-year old Tadej, that
reached the peak along with several friends of mine as well.
Mount Elbrus, May 2002
in the summer of 1986, I skied from the top of this mountain together with my
brother Luka there was still snow on the slopes due to higher temperatures.
Wind sweepes away all the snowflakes in the upper part of the mountain during
still cold springtime, but at the same time, this allows us to ski 1500 metres
lower, all until the Terskol village, not just to Bočki on 3700 metres above
the sea level. Ski slopes aren't steep; it can be very cold however. When
visibility is good, we can orient ourseleves with ease and thus avoid the
glacier crevasses. So far, I have skied down this slope for four times already
and gave pieces of advice on the go to 17 other skiers and one snowboarder,
even my wife, that skied here in 2004.
Aconcagua, January 2003
that enchanted me from the geological point of view. The mighty and colorful
strata seem as an open book that silently, but richly tell of its origin, the
rising towards the sky and the sinking into the ground, the erosion and the
striking of the wind. Constant wind and hence an antypical transformation of
the snow while melting form the fragile Penitentos a foot high snow forms to
drive slalom inbetween.
aclimatisation period and fighting the wind pressures, I reached the peak
hastily, but not effortlessly. I used my one-metre skiis for the upper
section, since the narrow snow surface hardly allowed turning I sometimes
even had to cross the stony slopes with my skiis on. Lower two thirds of the
mountain offered more manoeuvring space on one hand, but skiing demanded still
the same amount of effort. It was hard to retain balance on longer skiis while
bashing the Penitentos. On video, it seems as if I was only starting to learn
how to do the turns.
Mount Kosciusko, July 2003
mountains in Australia, two are reffered to as the highest peaks the
Karzsten Pyramid in Indonesia and the continental Mt. Kosciusko. Most of the
climbers conquer both of them to suffice the Theory. It is however somewhat
different with skiing, since snow only covers Mt. Kosciusko.
the slope from the stone pillar at 2230 metres above the sea level is very
diverse, but also comfortable, safe and free from anxiety
if the weather is
nice. My brother Andrej accompanies me on the tour this was our first joint
expedition abroad after the year 1995, when we did Annapurna 1 (8091 4700
metres) and where my brother tragically lost eight feet fingers due to
unbearable cold. Fog and wind were our loyal companions
and we had to deal
with numerous fall-overs as a result of a strong diffuse light. Our impression
was not improved all until we finally reached the nice ski slopes of Thredbo.
We enjoyed our time together and laughed over our adventures, only as we went
through our videos and noticed that we accidentally overwrote the happening
from the upper part of the mountain with coalas from the ZOO. Luckily, we
haven't forgotten about the classic photography!
Denali, May 2004
the royal mountain over the blurred vastness of wilderness. People, that
rejoice each and every visitor, magical forests, wild rivers
4000 metres above the sea level. I wish to go there again!
Franc and Marko Lihteneker, we undertook this expedition in a bit of a
competitive fashion we needed less then two weeks for the whole trip. The
ridge that ascends towards the sky was unforgettable. And when one dares to
think he will reach the peak, a huge hollow awaits him as well as the final
climb on a sharpened top of the mountain. We weren't very lucky having the bad
weather we did, the wind and low temperatures. Like I haven't paid enough dues
by losing two of my fingers in ideal climate conditions on Everest when trying
to climb it for the first time from the Tibetan side in 1996.
from 4000 metres all sorts of different snow structures started to uncover
from ice in the steep slope above the base camp to soaked slush around the
glacier airport. There was even powdery snow I think I have never yodel as
much as I did on this mountain.
Mount Vinson, November 28th, 2006
losing hope, I was finally on my way again. Slovenians are a small nations and
only few manage to bear the pressure of succeeding. I found it harder to
organize all the necessary materials for the trip than dealing with 50
degrees Celsius. One truly has to master the policy of ALE as well as wisely
deal with the cold. Uncompromising marketing demands escort, to be able to
climb on your own, you have to sign a responsibility statement, but when it
comes to helping the exhausted and frozen clients, at least in our case, the
ALE employees were the first to go back to their warm and cosy shelter while
the rest of us took care after the ones that needed our help, without signing
and responsibility forms.
mountain demands a lot of cautiousness and effort, I have learned this for one
more time. Me and Franc got stuck in the upper part of the mountain because of
the bad weather with fog, wind and paralysing cold. After more then 10 hours
we finally reached the overhang, put on the skiis, took a photo and carefully
slided towards a hardly defineable direction. The crampons' traces were in
great support to us all until the fog started to clear about 500 metres below
the top. Below the base camp No. 2, where the majority sets up their tents,
there is an unevenly ice-bound part of the mountain that turns into a concave
slope full of powdery snow, the real one! My wide skiis ensured a great reward
stunning turns right before the historic completion of the task.
stay on Antarctica offered us only four days of lovely weather, therefore I
was even more proud when all the four of us stood on the top, also Marjana
Lihteneker and Franc Rupnik.
I had luck on
my side and I am very proud to be able to ski down the highest peaks of the
I would like
to tell my family, my friends and my sponsors that this is our success. I will
be very grateful, if you take this historic achievement as an acknowledgment
of your help and concerns, that you had for me.
We have skied
all the continents on always reliable skiis Elan I am very thankful for
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