Everest - southeast ridge - 2000
Davo Karnicar from Slovenia made the first - and so far the only - complete ski descent of Everest in October 2000.
Everest ( 8848m ) via southeast ridge
7 October 2000
Climbed by Davo Karnicar, Franc Oderlap, Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Passang Tenzing Sherpa
Davo Karnicar, from Slovenia, made the first (and only) complete ski descent of Everest, skiing from the summit to base camp in under 5 hours. He made use of supplementary oxygen during his ascent and descent.
He reached the summit around 7am on 7 October with Franc Oderlap, Ang Dorjee Sherpa and Passang Tenzing Sherpa. At around 8am he began his ski descent. The rest of the team descended conventionally.
Karnikar told Planet Mountain:
"I got round the Hillary Step by skiing to the left, down a kind of exposed gully. From there to the South Summit the descent is very technical, and from here I continued without oxygen. The next part is pretty delicate as there’s a risk of avalanches. I didn’t exactly feel comfortable skiing on those wind slabs!"
Lower down the mountain, he avoided the icefall by following a high diagonal line, directly below the south face of Everest.
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N 27° 59′ 17.88″ W 86° 55′ 31.0332″