Austria Horizont Reisen Everest
EverestNews.com ! I am sending you some pictures from
my snowboard-descent. I hope you can use them. Stefan
these are large pictures, but you must see ! They will
open as a pop ups, once open, close and open the next
story is below...
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Stefan Gatt in
Question is: Was Dr.
Stefan Gatt the first ever to snowboard from the
Summit of Everest?
he was !
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
meters). There I removed my board and carried it to
7600 meters...." This was on 5/22/2001.
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 worlds
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.
! 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.
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...
Stefan if he asked Ms. Hawley "if you were
the first snowboard descent ?"
Answer [Stefan]: "I did
ask Ms. Hawley - and she thinks yes!"
it is never simple !
of course, did the real deal in descending from the
Summit to ABC....
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