Climbs 8K Peaks
A 2200m descent never before skied
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At 8,013 meters, Chinese Tibet's Shishapangma is the world's 14th tallest peak. Six alpinists, Andrew McLean, Alex Lowe, Conrad Anker, Mark Holbrook, Kristoffer Erickson and Hans Saari, will ascend via the Swiss/Polish Route and then make a first ski descent on the route. A film crew led by Kent Harvey, Michael Brown and Dave Bridges will be on hand to produce an NBC documentary of the expedition for The North Face.
The Ski Descent
Fewer than 20 people have ever skied from the summits of 8,000-meter peaks and there is no organized history of the sport. It is believed that the Swiss/Polish line has never been skied and that no North Americans have ever successfully skied from the summit of one of the fourteen 8,000-meter peaks.
Couloirs such as the Swiss/Polish route offer the best skiing conditions, reduced avalanche risks and the chance to climb the line before skiing it. This route allows an uninterrupted 2,200-meter descent of the route from the summit to Base Camp.
Peter Potterfield, MountainZone.com Staff