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Davo Karničar

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Davorin "Davo" Karničar
DAvorin "Davo" Karničar on ethnographic event Sheep bal in Jezersko.
Davorin "Davo" Karničar on ethnographic event Sheep bal in Jezersko.
Born(1962-10-26)October 26, 1962
DiedSeptember 16, 2019(2019-09-16) (aged 56)
NationalitySlovene
Occupation(s)Alpinist, Extreme skier
Known forFirst skier to ski nonstop to from the summit of Mount Everest to base camp, 12,000 feet, first skier to make a successful descent from the summit of Annapurna

Davorin "Davo" Karničar (October 26, 1962 – September 16, 2019)[1] was a Slovene alpinist and ski mountaineer.

As an active mountain skier, Davo was a member of the Yugoslavian national mountain ski team between 1975 and 1982. An alpinist since 1980, he made an estimated 1,700 climbs and descents.[2]

He made his first summit of an eight-thousander in 1989 when he climbed Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, later summitting K2 in 1993. In 1995 he made his first ski descent from Annapurna in Nepal and in 1996 he made a ski descent from Shishapangma in Tibet.[3] When Davo was 38 years old he became the first person to ski down from the summit of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, on October 7, 2000.[4][5] The feat took four hours and 40 minutes to complete.[2]

He was the first person to make a complete ski descent from the Seven Summits,[6][7] less than one month after the first person, Kit DesLauriers, skied from the top of all of the seven summits, but did not accomplish complete descents on Everest and Denali.

His Seven Summits descents were:

The other significant peaks he skied from include the north-east face of Eiger and the east face of Matterhorn in Switzerland and Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Alps in the border between Italy and France. In February 2001, he guided the first ski school for Nepalese children on the Khumbu Glacier in Nepal.[8]

In 2017, he collaborated with ski manufacturer Elan to produce the world's first mass production folding skis.[9]

He died on September 16, 2019 in a tree-cutting accident on his property.[10]

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  1. ^ RTVSLO.si - Tragična nesreča vzela slovitega alpinista Dava Karničarja
  2. ^ a b Sandomir, Richard (2019-09-22). "Davo Karnicar Dies at 56; Made First Full Ski Descent of Everest". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-06-19.
  3. ^ "Everest, the ultimate ride". Planet Mountain. Archived from the original on 2020-10-31. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  4. ^ "The Greatest Moments on Everest: 9. The Mountain Gets Skied". April 24, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  5. ^ "'Insane' daredevil skis down Everest". The Guardian. October 8, 2000. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "Statistics of 7 summits climber Davo Karnicar". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27.
  7. ^ "Video - Skiing from 7 summits" (in Slovenian). April 6, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  8. ^ "Intervju: Davo Karničar" (in Slovenian). March 24, 2010. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  9. ^ "Elan Ibex Tactix Folding Ski". Elan. Retrieved 10 February 2024.
  10. ^ Sandomir, Richard (2019-09-22). "Davo Karnicar Dies at 56; Made First Full Ski Descent of Everest". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-06-19.