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Marco Siffredi First Ever to Board Everest !*

Marco Siffredi (France), a member of the Himalayan Experience Everest Expedition snowboarded down Everest on 5/23 from the Summit of Everest. It took Marco approximately 2 and 1/2 hours to snowboard down to ABC. Marco is one of the world’s leading extreme snow boarders. He has surfed Cho Oyu, Dorje Lhakpa, Tocloraju, Artensonraju and every unimaginable face in the Alps.
Marco Siffredi packing his board for the trip to ABC

At around 6am on May 23rd he started his descent, 2 & 1/2 hours later, Marco, on his Elan Snowboard, completed the first-ever descent of Everest of this type. This accomplishment follows Davo Karnicar who completed the first ever complete ski descent last autumn. The word from Everest was, "Here it is, Marco made it to the summit today. He made it before the Sherpas at 6AM. He watched the day rise alone on top of the world, after Sherpas climbers joined him [on the Summit], he locked into his bindings and went for it. The "Norton" couloir North Face, at 200 meters from the summit one of his bindings broke due to extreme cold (-35 C), a Sherpa came to his aid, fixed it with a tool kit, and he went on to pulverize extreme snowboarding history !!!!!!!!!!!!! 8848 meters to 6400 meters, no rappels, no ropes, an approx. 2 to 2-1/2 hour descent.

There you go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On a lighter note: When EverestNews.com asked one serious Everest Expedition leader about this event, he stated to EverestNews.com, "The snowboarder did it...he's got to be nuts!!!!"

Some information provided by Elan to EverestNews.com.

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* see this update for more Update 6/25/2001 !

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