Mustagh Ata 2004!!
Mustagh (Muztag) Ata (Father
of Ice Mountains) is located in China, close to the Pakistan and Chinese
borders. First summitted in 1956 by a Sino-Russian team it is not a
technically difficult mountain but one that offers some very interesting
opportunities for a ski descent.
will ascend by the Goldeneye Route opened in 1981 and repeated in 2003 by Chad
McFadden. The descent will be by the same route to make only the third
descent on this side of the mountain.
Splitting his time between Lausanne and Chamonix for the last four years Neil
has developed a love for the mountains. Spending most winter weekends
snowboarding and climbing in the French Alps he is looking forward to testing
his boadriding as well as his leadership skills!! in a high altitude scenario.
One previous high-altitude expedition to Nepal in 2002 where he reached the
summit of Mera Peak (6,500m) and reached 6,200m on Baruntse before avalanche
risk turned the whole team back.
in Chamonix Sarah has experience of many local rock, ice and mixed routes (Rebuffat
routes on the Aiguille Du Midi/ Ravenel-Frendo, Aiguille Vert / Nuit Blanche,
Argentière glacier), as well as having climbed in all 5 continents. Two visits
to Nepal have included summits of Mera Peak and an attempt on Baruntse
(7,129m) with Chris and Neil.
London but with four previous trips to the Himalaya and two full winters in
Chamonix is no stranger to the high mountains. Highlights include reaching
6750m on the South-East ridge of Baruntse. Summitting on Mera Peak (6450m),
Island Peak (6,189m), Pokalde (5,806m) and the false summit of Lobuche East
(6000m+), in Nepal. As an accomplished boardrider, the chance to combine high
altitude mountaineering with a snowboard descent is too exciting to miss...
Hardy (34), born in Yorkshire, England, started climbing in 1990 on the crags
of the Lake District in Northern England. He has made varied ascents on both
rock and ice in Europe, the USA and Africa. Ascents include: Silly Arête
(Wales), The North West Arête of Half Dome (USA) and The Italian Ridge of the
Matterhorn (Italy / Switzerland).
year climbing career has taken Andrew all over the world. From classic
Scottish routes like Comb Gully (IV) on Ben Nevis to the Mittelegi ridge on
the Eiger and an attempt on Putha Hunchuli (7,206m) in the Nepal Himalaya.
Also a keen ski-mountaineer he has a number of technical descents to his name
including the North East couloir of the Grand Golliat. So, he is looking
forward to combining his climbing and skiing skills and putting them to the
test on Mustagh Ata.
enthusiastic skier since he was 4 years old Thierry has considerable downhill
competition experience. He has also ski-toured extensively in Switzerland and
the Caucasus Mountains. A keen parapenter and hot-air balloon enthustiastic
Thierry is lookng for any opportunity to combine the skiing with an
Denmark but now living in Switzerland Anders spends most of his spare time in
winter snowboarding, skiing and mountaineering. A skilled skier and ski
mountaineer he has climbed a number of 4,000m+ peaks in the Alps including
Gran Paradiso, The Bretihorn and Mont-Blanc. One previous trip to the Nepal
Himalaya took him to the summit of Mera Peak (6,500m). A keen 'off-roader' he
is still considering the possibility of driving his Landrover from Lausanne to
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