Ski mountaineer Davo Karnicar is dead

Davo Karnicar (1962-2019)

Mourning for Davo Karnicar: The first person to ski from the summit of Mount Everest to the base camp died in a forest accident in his Slovenian hometown of Jezersko. Karnicar succumbed to his severe injuries on Monday. A tree he had tried to cut down with a chainsaw had fallen on him. Davo was 56 years old. He leaves behind seven children from two marriages. 

Ski descents from Annapurna and Everest

Karnicar on K2 in 2017

Karnicar made headlines for the first time in 1995. At that time he and his brother Andrej were able to ski down the eight-thousander Annapurna in Nepal from the summit over the northern side of the mountain. In 2000, Davo was the first to ski down from the highest point of Mount Everest to base camp without having to take off his skis. For the ascent he used bottled oxygen above the South Col, as well as for the first part on skis down to the South Summit. It took Karnicar four hours and 40 minutes to ski down to Everest Base Camp.


He is listed as the first ski mountaineer who succeeded complete ski descends from the Seven Summits, the highest mountains of all continents (the variant with Mount Kosciusko, the highest mountain of Australia).

Karnicar could not fulfill his dream of the first complete ski descent from the summit of K2 (which in 2018 the Pole Andrzej Bargiel succeeded in doing). During his first attempt on the second highest mountain in the world in 1993, a storm blew his skis into the depths at almost 8,000 metres. In 2017, a slight back injury stopped him.

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