This newsletter focuses on the pursuit of snow and high places. Calling on men and women of all ages and abilities from around the world, who love skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, and racquetting. Please enjoy this newsletter with a focus on history of skiing and snowboarding the world's highest mountains: THE HIMALAYA!
I hope all is well. What have you been up to? Have you been enjoying some exciting winter skiing and boarding, fun snowshoeing, touring, or sun bathing for those of our friends down under in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South America? No matter where you live I encourage you to get out with family and friends and pursue fun outdoor activities together. I hope you have been keeping fit and staying out of doors so we can go climb, ski, snow board and snowshoe some big mountains together!
WINTER IS UPON US AND IT IS FUN! We are trying to take advantage of every adventure possible in our surrounding mountains. Besides skiing, boarding and touring we have been searching for the best ice possible to conduct our new free of cost, no charge WINTER GLACIER SCHOOL which commences next week. We plan to cover avalanche awareness, build snow caves, glacier travel, snowshoe, ski, board, and have some fun on moderate protected fixed line ice walls. What better way to get ready for Himalayan goals than to enjoy glaciated peaks in our backyard with a friendly team of men and women from around the world. IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING BACK TO THE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY, THE SCHOOL IS FREE OF COST, NO CHARGE.
My name is Dan Mazur, working for SummitClimb and SummitTrek now in their 22nd year. Our offices are located in Bristol, England; Seattle, Washington; Kathmandu, Nepal; and Chengdu, China. We are also in the midst of a big fundraising campaign for the new www.SherpaTrainingSchool.org, now in their 11th year. Please check out all of the latest news at www.SummitClimbNews.com and www.SummitTrekNews.com .
WELL ORGANISED, GOOD VALUE and EXCELLENT TRACK RECORD: When comparing options please carefully check what is on offer and prior performance. I have worked for many different companies during my climbing career, and I feel that SummitClimb and SummitTrek offer the best organisation, very good value for money, and unmatched summit success. For example, all of their expeditions put members on the summit (and all of their treks, walks and training climbs reached their objectives) during 2012. Many teams had 100% success!
SKI, BOARD, & SNOWSHOE THIS YEAR: After the snow is gone in your home area, what to do? As we delve further into winter and enjoy all it has to offer, I can't help but think of the possibilities to extend this fun to some high altitude skiing, boarding and snowshoeing in the Himalaya during summer and autumn this year. Would you like to join me for Mt Mustagata in China, Mera Peak in Nepal, Mt Elbrus in Russia, or Cho Oyu in Tibet this year? Oh yeah, what about skiing and boarding Everest? THAT'S RIGHT EVEREST! We have a new autumn expedition to Everest Nepal I plan to personally lead and ski this year, so I hope you will join me as we explore ultimate high altitude sports together.
Please read this newsletter all of the way to bottom for information on high but accessible peaks for all skill levels and climbing backgrounds, beginner to expert. Also, there is some interesting information about HIGH ALTITUDE HIMALAYAN skiing-boarding-snowshoeing. We have done a bit of research into who made the first ski and boarding attempts on each peak successfully, as well as a bit of background about what these mountains have to offer for all abilities, ages, skill levels, and price ranges so that we can all work together to assist you in reaching your goals. Welcome to our team!
CONTACT ME NOW TO BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE: For the next 2 months, I am in the office working very hard on plans for 2013. Please ring, email, Facebook, or Skype me now for a chat. I am waiting to speak to you on +44(0)7810375400 (in the UK), +1 360-570-0715 (in the US), DanielMazur@SummitClimb.com , www.FaceBook.com/DanielLeeMazur , Skype: dan.mazur8848 .
EVEREST UPDATE - THE CLIMBING SEASON IS NOW!: Right now we are preparing our expeditions to Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, the North Col Everest Tibet Training Climb, Everest View Glacier School, Everest Nepal Camp 3 Training Climb, basecamp treks, etcetera. I encourage you to join us this spring as we go for the summit and walk the highest paths to the highest peaks in the world. Our trips are filling rapidly and only a few spots are left. Bookings will close on 7 February. We still have room on our teams for men and women of all ages and abilities from around the world. Please contact me now.
CAN'T MAKE IT THIS SPRING? Please read down for exciting trips being offered this summer, autumn and winter. There are options for all skill levels, from walking to basecamp, training climbs, and glacier schools to advanced technical high altitude expeditions.
Before we get carried away with exciting peaks to ski and board, let's not forget about the service side of SummitClimb and SummitTrek: Back to Top
LECTURES: During February and March we will be performing our exciting Charity Fundraising Lecture Tour for the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development. This year our main goal of doing the lectures is to raise funds and new and used climbing and trekking equipment and clothing for the www.SherpaTrainingSchool.org, featuring Ms. Samantha "Squash" Falconer, the famous motorcyclist, parachutist, and Everest summiter, along with Dan Mazur, 9 time Everest Leader and rescuer of Lincoln Hall, world famous climber "Left for Dead" at the summit of Everest. Please inquire about opportunities for hosting a presentation in your own community where all of the proceeds go to help the people of Nepal with educational, environmental, medical, and service projects in rural areas that lack any funding from outside sources. We encourage you, family, friends, and colleagues to attend the presentations and also please invite us to your town for an exciting talk, and to bring together people in your community who enjoy mountains, for an interesting social event where everyone can meet new friends and rendezvous with old acquaintances. For more please go to www.FundraisingLectures.org .
Hamu and Nimke Sherpa after exam, diagnosis and medicine - treatment prescription at Helping Hands Hospital, Purba Sherpa's eye was injured in a scuffle with another child when he was just 14 years old. Now our service trek has brought him to Kathmandu to see if it can be treated. Back to Top
NEW SHERPA TRAINING SCHOOL:www.SherpaTrainingSchool.org . Working together with the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development (MEFSD), we need new and used good-quality climbing and walking equipment and clothing, as well as funds for office expense. The MEFSD is building a new school for training 30 aspiring young sherpas, both men and women. Safety, technique, communication, education, health, environmental and cultural preservation and economic opportunities will be the goals for this new training course so that we can provide education, training and help local people in Nepal to earn a good living from sustainable tourism in their beautiful country for many years to come.
SNOW TRAVEL-SKI-BOARDING HISTORY: Skiing, or traveling over snow on skis, has a history of almost five millennia. Although modern skiing has evolved from beginnings in Scandinavia, it may have been practiced as early as 600 BC in Daxing'anling, in what is now China.
Originally purely utilitarian, starting in the mid-1800s skiing became a popular recreational activity and sport, being practiced around the world.
The oldest information about skiing is based on archaeological evidence. A wooden ski dating from about 6300-5000 BC was found about 1,200 km northwest of Moscow at Lake Sindor. The Kalvträskskidan ski, found in Sweden dates to 3200 BC, and the Vefsn Nordland ski, found in Norway is dated to 5100 BC. Rock drawings in Norway dated at 4000 BC depict a man on skis holding a stick. A ski excavated in Greenland is dated to 1010. Back to Top
SKIING AS SPORT HISTORY:
- 1809: Olaf Rye: first known ski jumper.
- 1861: The world's first alpine ski club was formed in Kiandra, Australia. Alpine ski racing as an organised sport commences in America and Norway.
- 1878: On the occasion of the Exposition Universelle in Paris, the Norwegian pavilion presents a display of skis. This ancestral means of locomotion draws the attention of visitors who buy many of them. Henry Duhamel experiments with a pair at Chamrousse in the Alps.
- 1879: first recorded use of the word slalom.
- 1872: The oldest ski club in North America still existing is the Nansen Ski Club, which was founded in 1872 by Norwegian immigrants of Berlin, New Hampshire under a different name.
- November 1895: creation of the Ski Club des Alpes in Grenoble by the friends of Henry Duhamel to whom he had distributed fourteen pairs of skis acquired during his trip to Finland
- 1905: foundation of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.
- 1924: formation of the International Ski Federation
- 1922: start of the Vasaloppet.
- 1932: start of the Birkebeinerrennet
- 1992: Mogul skiing and Freestyle skiing added to the 1992 Winter Olympics. Back to Top
SKIING AS RECREATION HISTORY:
- 1868: Mountain resorts became commercially viable when city-dwellers could reach them in winter by train.
- 1910: first rope tow.
- 1936: The first chair lift is introduced at Sun Valley, Idaho
- 1939: the Sno-Surf is patented in the USA. Made of solid white oak, it had an adjustable strap for the left foot, a rubber mat to hold the right foot, a rope with loop used to control speed and steer, and a guide stick used to steer. The first commercially successful, precursor to the snowboard, the snurfer was introduced in 1965.
- 1952: The first major commercial snow-making machinery installed at Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel in New York state, USA.
- 1970s: Telemark skiing undergoes a revival possibly inspired by Stein Eriksen and his book Come 'Ski With Me'. Back to Top
SKI NEPAL, TIBET, AND CHINA:
Skiing and snowboarding, as an adventure sport, have come a long way in Nepal, Tibet, and China. Introduced by Europeans and North Americans, it started out as a purely elitist sport, which provided the foreigners an adventurous respite from the heat of the plains. However, it has begun to catch on, with hopes it could become a sport for all abilities, skill levels and pursuits in high altitude adventures. Mountain enthusiasts visiting Nepal, Tibet, and China now consider the option of partaking in winter snow sports during spring, summer and autumn.
The fun, excitement and the thrill while sliding down the snow clad slopes of the Himalayan ranges is fantastic. If you are a novice, try "glissading" while practicing safe self-arrest: you will scream, cry and laugh simultaneously as you speed down the slopes. For the experienced skier and boarder, you will enjoy the pursuit of untouched and beautiful powder while exploring high altitude mountain slopes. Back to Top
NOW...BACK TO SNOW ADVENTURES FOR YOU TO JOIN FOR 2013!
MUSTAGATA WAS SELECTED BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AS "BEST ADVENTURE DESTINATION 2012". This July, I would like to invite you for easy walking, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding and snow raquetting on the world's easiest and most famous 7500 metre / 24,500 foot peak, called Mount Mustagh Ata, located in a magical corner of China, on the fabled Silk Road, not far from infamous K2. Our leader Jon Otto has climbed Mustagata 9 times and he speaks perfect English and flawless Chinese. Not only that, but due to Jon's expertise, we have our own private basecamp and separate route on the mountain, following the traditional and nearly forgotten route of famed explorers Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman in 1947. Mustagata is the world's 'easiest' peak of its size because the average slope angle is only 18 degrees, equivalent to a "novice" ski piste or run. Climbing Mustagata qualifies you for Everest. www.MustagataExpedition.com . 30 June to 24 July. 25 days in China. Full Service Cost: $5750, £3550, €4550; Basic Climb Cost: $3150, £1950, €2450.
Since the first ascent, many ascents of Muztagh Ata have been made. In 1980, a party led by Ned Gillette made a ski ascent/descent of the standard route, the first ski ascent of a mountain over 7,500 m (24,600 ft.). They wrote a very cool book about it. Check it out! In the Kirghiz language, Muztagata means, “Father of the ice mountains,” as its glacial waters nourish the vast fields where Kirghiz and Tashik herders graze their camels, sheep, and yak.
Please check out some of our fun Mustagata videos at www.youtube.com/user/MountEverestVideo
Asu on the summit getting ready to ski down. Asu skiing down from the summit.
MOUNT MERA ‘TREKKING-PEAK’ CLIMB: 22 days in October. Join Himalayan expert Arnold Coster and friends for this gorgeous walk-climb of Mount Mera at 6500 metres / 21,500 feet, with some of the best views of Everest imaginable. PRICE: $2950 £1850 €2150. www.MeraPeakExpedition.com and www.MeraPeakNews.com . Bring your skis and snowboard if you are excited about skiing and/or boarding down this peak. FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL CLIMB AND TREK COSTS, FREE HOTEL, INTERNAL FLIGHTS, AND SHERPAS. High altitude climbing, skiing and boarding on an 'easy' and accomplishable peak for all levels of expertise. Please watch this fun video our leader Dan Mazur made about it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcuzPqUHV4I
Holly Budge snowboarding down Mera Peak, with Mount Everest in the background. Photo by Corne Deelen. Holly Budge snowboarding down Mera Peak. Photo by Corne Deelen. Back to Top
MOUNT ELBRUS: 25 July to 4 Aug 2013 (11 days). Full Service Cost $3750, £2350, €2850. Elbrus is the highest peak in Europe and one of the fabled "7 Summits" of the world at 5650 metres / 18,600 feet. A great way to see how you feel at high altitude in a short time at an affordable price. Join Everest leader and 7-Summit expert Dan Mazur, who will teach you everything you need to know, for a classic and 'easy' snow walking ascent on a large mountain in a short amount of time. OPTIONAL: Bring your skis and snowboard if you want to have a lot of snow fun. Please contact us now if you are interested! Spaces are filling up quickly. www.ElbrusSummitClimb.com
First Ascent of Elbrus was done in 1868 By Douglas William Freshfield. This has become a very popular mountain in Russia to ski and snowboard over time due to its stable summer conditions and fun winter resort lifts and trams to enjoy downhill, as well as off-piste recreational skiing and boarding.
MOUNT CHO OYU: Led by Dan Mazur, who has climbed Cho Oyu 5 times and will teach you everything you need to know, Cho Oyu is not difficult, in fact it is considered to be the "most-accessible" of the "8000 metre" peaks and relatively easy. 38 days in Tibet and Nepal during April-May and September-October. There is perhaps no better preparation for Everest. NEW LOW PRICE: Full Service Cost: $12,850, £7,950, €9,750, Basic Climb Cost: $6650, £4150, €5050. 20% discount for Cho-Shish "double-header" expedition. FOR MORE PLEASE GO TO www.ExpeditionChoOyu.com . FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL CLIMB AND TREK COSTS, FREE HOTEL AND FREE SHERPAS.
The first Cho Oyu ski descent was in 1988 by Flavio Spazzadeschi & Lino Zani. Also, in 2000 Laura Bakos backcountry skied from the summit and became the first North American woman to ski an 8000 metre peak. In 1964 Fritz Stammberger did the first climb of the peak without supplemental oxygen, then skied down from 7100 metres/24,000 feet.
Spaniard Jordi Tosas is an accomplished Himalayan climber and in 2000 made the first snowboard descent of Cho Oyu. Dude!!!
Please check out some of our fun Cho Oyu videos at www.youtube.com/watch?v=JthZRJzK6NM&feature=youtu.be
Itsvan and Kobra topping out the icefall at 6700 metres (Max Kausch). Yaks leaving cho oyu basecamp.
EVEREST NEPAL AUTUMN SUMMIT EXPEDITION 2013: www.EverestNepalClimb.com - Full Service Cost: $44,950, £28,450, €35,950; Basic Climb Cost: $24,950, £15,750, €19,950. MORE AFFORDABLE SPRING TRIP DATES STILL AVAILABLE. Please join me, Dan Mazur, 10 time Everest leader for this classic climb to the roof of the world during autumn when the crowds are gone and the snow is great. 60 days 20 August - 20 October at a very low price. FULL SERVICE INCLUDES ALL CLIMB AND TREK COSTS, FREE OXYGEN, INTERNAL FLIGHTS, SHERPAS, AND HOTELS. This will be a great chance to summit Everest on a small team with me in true alpine conditions. Back to Top
The best time to ski/ board Everest is in Autumn. On October 7th, 2000, Slovenian ski instructor Davo Karnicar became the first person to ski nonstop down the steep slopes of Mount Everest.
Squash Falconer prepares to fly from the South Col (Mitch Lewis). Squash, Paula and Lakpa Nuru in camp 3 (Stewart Edge).
The famous Hillary Step . (Sange Sherpa). Tent, oxygen and rucksack at the South Col on the morning before descending. Mighty Mount Cho Oyu on the right, Nuptse on left (Stew Edge).
SNOWBOARDING ANYONE? On the morning of May 22, 2001 Stefan Gatt climbed the 29,035 ft./8,850 m summit of Mount Everest without the use of oxygen and carrying all of his own equipment. After riding from the top to a height of 8,630 metres and accessing the Norton Coloir descent route, Gatt opted to climb down the ascent route. Back to Top
Marcos Siffredi did do a longer, complete descent of Mount Everest, so he could be crowned with the First-Ever Complete Descent. Siffredi went for it, and began his descent down the Norton Coloir North Face. Just 200 metres below the summit (near the same altitude that Gatt opted to climb for a while) Siffredi’s binding broke due to the extreme cold (-35 C). After a Sherpa came to his aid and fixed the binding with a tool kit, Siffredi continued with what became an approximately two-hour descent. The ride was completed from 8,848m to 6,400m, with neither the use of ropes nor rappels.
Now is the time to plan your summer and autumn mountain travels and a chance to break out into the wild mountain environments of our world. PLEASE KEEP READING DOWN FOR INFORMATION ABOUT SIGNING UP FOR OUR UPCOMING ADVENTURES. Thanks.
NOT THE SEASON OR TRIPS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR?: Please go to www.SummitClimb.com and www.SummitTrek.com to see a full list of our offerings including Everest, Lhotse, Shishapangma, Baruntse, Ama Dablam, fun training climbs on Lobuche and Island Peak, as well as numerous exciting basecamp walks to the tallest peaks on the planet and Remote Nepal Service Trek's for the Mount Everest Foundation. Back to Top
WATCH FOR OUR NEXT TWO NEWSLETTERS:
1. Hot rock and technical ice and snow climbs for you vertical adventurists.
2. Spring Himalayan Everest Nepal and Tibet Season Opener Newsletter.
READY TO SIGN UP?
Our trips are popular, so if you are interested, now is the time to let us know. Please confirm your place in our rapidly filling teams for 2013 and 2014.
QUESTIONS? Before joining our team, please be sure you understand everything about the trip, so do ask lots of questions. I am here to answer any and all. I enjoy chatting about mountains, my favourite topic.
HOW TO APPLY: After all questions are answered to your (and our) satisfaction, please send your completed and signed application (email is preferable). To find the application, please go to www.SummitClimb.com or www.SummitTrek.com and in the upper right hand corner you can download it from the "Contact/Application" button. Many thanks!
I ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE A TEN PERCENT REFUNDABLE DOWN PAYMENT, PAY THE ENTIRE COST OF THE TRIP WITH YOUR CREDIT CARD, make a bank transfer, post a cheque, or pay cash, the choice is yours. Please visit www.SummitClimbPayment.com to learn more.
GENEROUS DISCOUNTS are now on offer for groups of 2 or more, "BASIC CLIMBERS", mountain guides, returning members, medical professionals, educators. WE ALSO OFFER SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR LEADERS IN TRAINING AND MOUNTAIN GUIDES (please go to www.LeaderInTraining.com ).
WE PAY YOU CASH FOR TELLING YOUR FRIENDS and bringing us new members. Be sure to tell your friends about what we are trying to do, and when they sign up, we will send you cash. We call it the "finder's fee", and pay this very frequently. It's our way of saying thanks to you for recommending your friends.
ARE YOU FIT? We want you to be in shape for your walk or climb, so please send us an email with your training inquiry and we will forward fitness programme recommendations.
CAN'T GO IN 2013? Please join us in 2014 & 2015, as all of the trips mentioned run each year.
Thanks for reading, and I would like to speak to you personally and at length about our favourite topic: MOUNTAINS. Please email, telephone, Skype or Facebook me at your earliest opportunity.
I look forward to chatting, meeting, and to climbing and walking together in Nepal and Tibet. Thank you very much. Welcome to Our Team and Best Mountain Regards! Back to Top
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Ps. PLEASE BE SURE TO TELL ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO (WE PAY YOU A CASH COMMISSION "FINDER'S FEE" FOR SENDING US NEW MEMBERS). THANK YOU.
Ppps. Congratulations, you made it to the bottom of this email, amazing! You must have the patience and perseverance needed to be a Himalayan, Aconcagua, Elbrus, and African climber, walker, and service worker!
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