Everest North Side Expedition Aborted

The American Everest Ski Project has ended almost before it began. The high-profile team, which included Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Jim Morrison, aimed to climb Everest’s North Side, and then ski down the Hornbein Couloir.

Today, they abandoned their attempt at Camp 2. The sherpas who were to fix rope above that camp retreated today because of bad weather. They were also reportedly following the instructions of an official in Base Camp, The Himalayan Times reported, citing sources close to Tibetan authorities.

Unusual hurdles

The big-budget expedition was supported by National Geographic and The North Face. Yet it faced unusual bureaucratic obstacles for such a well-connected project.

First, team leaders Jimmy Chin and Conrad Anker were refused a visa to enter Tibet. Then the Chinese authorities delayed the necessary permit to ski down the mountain.

Ski mountaineer Jim Morrison had hoped to ski down the Hornbein Couloir as a tribute to his late wife Hilaree Nelson. She perished on Manaslu last year.

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides graduated university in journalism and specializes in high-altitude mountaineering and expedition news. She has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of local and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporations, press manager and communication executive, and a published author.