POST PUSH Report from Everest Snowboard Expedition
16:58 p.m. EDT Sep 11, 2003
"We stood breathless after hacking out small platforms to stand on in the steep snow. We were several thousand feet up the north face. The sun was lighting up the east faces of the surrounding peaks as we sank our axes into buried ice for anchors.
We had been climbing all night, moving slowly up and over the bergschrund onto the ice and steep snow of the north face of Mount Everest. We climbed without headlamps as the full moon lit our way...".
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Stephen Koch aims to snowboard the Seven Summits. With only one left to go – Everest – he chose the hard way; down one of the world’s most famous direct lines, the Hornbein Couloir.
Jimmy Chin planned to climb to the top with Stephen and then ski down. Eric Hendersen followed part of the route and then did the communications day and night from C1 throughout the attempts.
The team also chose their two sherpas, Lakpa Dorje Sherpa and Kami Sherpa for companions on the climb: "Lakpa has summitted 2 times without oxygen and Kami has summitted 4x with oxygen. They are great partners and we were excited to have them along."
Off season, in the Monsoon, there were no fixed ropes, no camps and no O2. It was a truly bold dream and the climbers dared to act on it. They did not summit, but they live and are coming home.
Stephen, Jimmy and Eric are friends from Wyoming. The expedition used Contact 2.0 software to provide Web updates.
Image "Sunset over Everest North Face" courtesy of Everest Snowboarders.