WildSnow has followed along with Prakash Sherpa and Benedikt Böhm as they execute their speed ascent and ski descent of Himlung Himal, a 7,126m (23,380 ft.) mountain bordering Nepal and Tibet. This is the final dispatch, as the team summited over the weekend.
In the final video short from alexdemilia and mountainfilmcrew, we follow along with Prakash and Bene as they leave basecamp with headlamps on and ultimately summit, ski down, and boogie back to basecamp. The basic numbers are below for the team’s sub-10-hour roundtrip lung buster. As of this posting, fall and cooler temperatures are weeks away, but some parting ski mountaineering inspiration is a click away.
Basecamp to Summit— 06:43hrs (tracked)
Total Time— 09.39hrs (tracked)
Ascent vertical meter: 2.753m
Catch up on the 7000 Meter Himalayan Speed Project
Background on the 7000m Himalayan Speed Project.
Catch up on Dispatch #2.
Catch up on Dispatch #3.
Catch up on Dispatch #4.
Catch up on Dispatch #5.
While most of the WildSnow backcountry skiing blog posts are best attributed to a single author, some work well as done by the group.