Ski Tibet: Attempting a first descent

Four skiers attempt a first ski descent of Tibet's Shishapangma.

Updated: December 4, 2010, 12:29 AM ET
By Mark Fisher

This fall, a four-person team -- myself, Andy Tankersley, Todd Passey and Kim Havell -- attempted to make the first ski descent off the summit of Tibet's 26,289-foot Mount Shishapangma, the 14th-highest peak in the world.

According to most references, Shishapangma was first skied (but not from the summit) in 1987 by Polish climber Jerzy Kukuczka. Brothers Steve and Mike Marolt became the first North Americans to ski the peak, in 2000, but again, not from the summit. The south ...

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