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 Austria Horizont Reisen Everest 2001 Expedition

Hi EverestNews.com ! I am sending you some pictures from my snowboard-descent. I hope you can use them. Stefan

The Pictures: Note these are large pictures, but you must see ! They will open as a pop ups, once open, close and open the next one. His story is below...





Introduction in German; English; Team List in German; English 

Leader Dr. Stefan Gatt in German; English

The Question is: Was Dr. Stefan Gatt the first ever to snowboard from the Summit of Everest?

It seems maybe he was !

Stefan told EverestNews.com in his earlier report: "I strapped on my snowboard and started the descent. In the beginning there were no problems, and I snowboarded to below the third step (8650 meters). There I removed my board and carried it to 7600 meters...." This was on 5/22/2001. 

Marco Siffredi (France), a member of the Himalayan Experience Everest Expedition snowboarded down Everest on 5/23 from the Summit of Everest. It took Marco approximately 2 and 1/2 hours to snowboard down to ABC. Marco is one of the world’s leading extreme snow boarders. At around 6am on May 23rd he started his descent, 2 & 1/2 hours later, Marco, on his Elan Snowboard, completed the first-ever descent of Everest of this type. This accomplishment follows Davo Karnicar who completed the first ever complete ski descent last autumn. The word from Everest was, "Here it is, Marco made it to the summit today. He made it before the Sherpas at 6AM. He watched the day rise alone on top of the world, after Sherpas climbers joined him [on the Summit], he locked into his bindings and went for it. At the "Norton" couloir North Face, at 200 meters from the summit one of his bindings broke due to extreme cold (-35 C), a Sherpa came to his aid, fixed it with a tool kit, and he went on to pulverize extreme snowboarding history !!!!!!!!!!!!! 8848 meters to 6400 meters, no rappels, no ropes, an approx. 2 to 2-1/2 hour descent.

So ! It appears Stefan is the first to snowboard from the Summit of Everest and Marco Siffredi the first to snowboard down from the Summit of Everest to ABC.

Yes we use the words maybe and appears. This is because historically records on snowboarding and skiing on these 8000 meter peaks has not been kept in any detail. Therefore...

EverestNews.com did ask Stefan if he asked Ms. Hawley "if you were the first snowboard descent ?"

His Answer [Stefan]: "I did ask Ms. Hawley - and she thinks yes!"

Everest, it is never simple !

Marco Siffredi, of course, did the real deal in descending from the Summit to ABC....

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