I stepped off was between the Ice Man and 1960 to 1985 update
on Slovenian climbers in the Himalayas. Alas, the climbing,
and first timing new routes Slovenians are known for did not
stop there. Further efforts, combined with success, casualty
and glory continued.
1991 Slovenian team lead by Tone Skarja climbed all peaks of Kanchenjunga
and Kumbhakarna. The 1995 team included Davor Karnicar at
which time he skied Annapurna I. Imagine skiing down 8091
meters? What a gas. That same year (95) Slovenian climbers got
the ultimate, all 14 summits on 8000ers. (No, not in one day
not by one climber).
was new routes time and Slovenians, as usual, had to do
something first. So they did west Nepal range. Same year,
Tomaz Humar did Ama Dablam. 1997 team included, you guessed,
Tomaz Humar who did “new route” again on Nuptse. 1998 was
garbage pick up time. Happy participants in the
Environmental Everest expeditions included Slovenians, who did
Dhaulagiri I. Slovenia is super clean to this day as the
environmental efforts are part of daily life.
lets do 98 to 01 next time and let me tell you what you may
recorded a true mountaineering achievement for Matija Kos,
Luka Korosec and Stefan Rozic. They summated Triglav,
elevation 2864 meters, the first summit ever. We are talking
1778 folks, so that is a true mountaineering success. Was some
other Slovenian there before them, we will newer know as there
is no record (that I know of). I do believe so, however.
Can’t prove it. In 1800, at ripe age of 26, Valentin Stanic
first ascended Grossglockner in Austria (3797 meters).
what I mean about the new routes and firsts for Slovenians.
And during 1700-1900 they were not even allowed to climb the
mountains because Germans, Austrians and Italians kept them to
themselves under the guise of Alpine clubs and their rights.
Slovenians were not privy to club membership
and thus were not to climb their own mountains. Yeah,
right. The will and love of the rock is in the blood and they
overcame the idiocy of the elite regardless.
December 20, 2001
facts: Andrej Stremfelj and Nejc Zaplotnik on 13 May, 1979
were the first Slovenians to Summit Everest. This
Slovenian Route along the West Ridge still ranks among the
toughest Everest routes. 2 days later more members of this
team summited: the Slovenian Stane Belak-Srauf, the Croatian
Stipe Bozic and Ang Phu Sherpa. Slovenia woman summiters
include Marija Stremfelj who Summited Everest in 1990 with her
husband Andrej (the first couple to Summit together). Pavle
Kozjek, as the first Slovenian to Summit Everest without
bottled oxygen in 1997.
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