Davo Karnicar, 1st Mountaineer To Ski From Everest Summit, Killed By Falling Tree

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Ski-Mountaineer, Davo Karicar dies age 56 yrs | Courtesy photo

The man who wow-ed the world when he skied Mount Everest’s highest point, Davo Karnicar succumbed Monday to injuries suffered while felling a tree at Jezersko, Slovenia.

The accident was work-related. Karnicar was cutting down a tree with a chainsaw when it fell on him.

Karnicar Highlights:

  • 1995, summit-ski from northern side of eight-thousand meter Annapurna in Nepal

  • 2000, a 5-hour long summit-to-base camp ski from Mount Everest’s highest point

  • Skied northern wall of the Eiger and eastern wall of the Matterhorn.

  • 1993 & 2017, attempts to summit-ski K2 (turned back to weather and injury)

  • 1st to complete ski descents from the Seven Summits–the highest mountains of all continents

    Karnicar ascending mountain, K2 in 2017. Weather and minor injury would turn him back | photo D. Karnicar

Karnicar was still chasing his unfinished business of summit-skiing the world’s second highest peak, K2. The Pole, Andrzej Bargiel finally succeeded last year.


Karnicar leaves behind big boots to fill | Courtesy photo

Karnicar was 56 yrs-old, is survived by seven children and remembered fondly by millions.

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