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Snowboard Run at 22,500 Ft
10:34 a.m. EDT Aug 8, 2003
“The bottom of the run was sketch with a few black holes (crevasses) in the glacier that we narrowly avoided.”

The American Everest Snowboard Expedition honed their chops from 22,500 feet Wednesday in a great day of climbing, skiing and snowboarding on Changzheng, a neighboring peak of Everest. Through snow and mist, Stephen Koch, Jimmy Chin and Eric Henderson scaled the 6977m mountain to within a few meters of the summit.

“Eric, Jimmy and I skied and snowboarded from just below the summit on variable but generally good snow for over 2,000 feet. We had to avoid the heavily corniced ridge on our right, which wasn t easy with the poor visibility for most of the descent. Linking turns at 22,500ft was a bit of a workout, but I think we were all psyched about how we felt, and it was a pleasure to carve big turns in good snow.”

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 plans to climb to the top with Stephen and then ski down. Off season, in the Monsoon, there are no sherpas, no fixed ropes and no O2. Stephen, Jimmy and Eric are friends from Wyoming. The expedition uses Contact 2.0 software to provide Web updates and to send their stunning photos.

Image of Stephen Koch climbing an ice formation at Everest North ABC courtesy Stephen Koch.

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