Another one from 2006….Mingma Dorje crossing crevasse fields of the Western Cwm between Camp 1 and Camp 2 on Everest. Our expedition was in the post monsoon season, so we were the only team on the mountain. This also meant we got to work with our favorite Sherpas since there were no other expeditions and everyone was available. We handpicked 12 of the best climbing Sherpas we knew, many of whom I’d worked with before, from the Khumbu Climbing School that @conrad_anker and @jenniloweanker so generously started. As with many Everest expeditions, without the incredible Sherpa support and their efforts, we could not have pulled off our ski expedition. One of the most hilarious moments of the trip was right after we screened “The Man Who Skied Everest” with our Sherpa team at basecamp. The film (won an Oscar) documents Yuichiro Miura, a legendary Japanese alpinist who attempts to ski Mt. Everest in 1970. While he doesn’t summit, Yuichiro tries to ski the Lhotse face trailing a parachute. He takes a fall high on the route, tumbling down most of the mountain but survives. After the film, several of our Sherpa friends wanted to see our parachutes. Of course we didn’t have any. This concerned them greatly. We had a good laugh over it. @robdski @kitdski
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