Everest skier Davo Karnicar - 7 Summits ski descent: Vinson next

Posted: Jul 14, 2006 12:40 pm EDT

(ThePoles/MountEverest.net) In October 2000, Slovenian extreme-skier Davo Karnicar achieved the first complete ski-descent of Everest. Since then he has been climbing and skiing down the rest of the 7 Summits: Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Kosciusko, and Denali.

Vinson: Plenty of ice - luckily

November this year he will go for the last one: Antarcticas Mt. Vinson (4892m). And this time Davo will be able to ski back to BC on snow - the Slovenian skier had to deal with bare rock on Kilimanjaro and slopes of penitents on Aconcagua!

For the Vinson descent, Davo will change his usual tour skis for a new free-ride model.

While there have been 17 ski descents from Everest, only one has ever been complete - from summit to BC: On October 7, 2000 Davo Karnicar skied down from the summit on Everest south side.

On October 7, 2000, at 7 am, Slovenian extreme skier Davo Karnicar reached the top of Mt. Everest from the South Col route. An hour later, he clicked into his bindings and began to ski down the mountain. He would not remove his skis until 4 and half hours later, near BC at 5360m.

Davo Karnicar was born October 26, 1962, in Zgornje Jezerko, Slovenia.

It is not yet clear if Davo's following descents from the other 7Summits have been completed from summit to BC, or just to the end of the snow line. American Stephen Koch has a similar project - but using a snowboard for the descents. In 2003 he tried to surf down the north face of Everest, without success.

Marco Siffredi snowboarded down the Norton Couloir in 2001, after summitting through the normal route with Himex. Only one year later, on September 8, 2002 Marco attempted a snowboard descent of the steep Hornbein Couloir. He arrived at the summit at approximately 2:00 p.m. and waited for about an hour for the clouds to dissipate before starting on his way down. Teammate Olivier Besson watched Siffredi through a telescope at Advanced Base Camp. At about 3:30 p.m., Siffredi slipped from view and was never seen nor heard from again.

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On Antarcticas Mt. Vinson (5140m) Davo will be able to ski on snow all the way back to BC - the Slovenian skier had to deal with bare rock on Kilimanjaro! (click to enlarge).
Davo enjoying some rock climbing near home between skiing expeditions (click to enlarge).
Davo skiing from the summit of Aconcagua, Argentina. All images courtesy of Karnicar's website (click to enlarge).