climbs, on one of
his expeditions, before skiing down from the top.
© Tomas Olsson`s
Tomas` website reported earlier today that 2 Sherpas, Fredrik Schenholm, Olof
Sundström and Martin Letzer went on a search for the climber yesterday morning.
According to ExplorersWeb`s website, Tomas is the 8th
casualty in the Everest area this year. So far, the north side has claimed 4
climbers, and the south side 3 plus one on the Lhotse face. All deaths have
involved sherpas or independent (unguided) climbers. Read more here on ExplorersWeb
The accident took place in the Norton couloir, about two
hours after the climbers summited the mountain on May 16: In a call from the
top, they had reported a very hard climb up in a 14 hour push through a snow
storm. "I hope we will be strong enough to ski down the north face,"
In an interview on 18 May with Norwegian media, TV2 Nettavisen, Tormod Granheim told
that Tomas fell when rappelling down a 150 feet rock cliff
at around 8500 meters. The snow anchor broke off and Tomas is believed to have
been knocked unconscious in the fall, continuing to slide down the wall. And
so he vanished. Read more on TV2 Nettavisen - Interview with
Photo. Tomas on the edge of
© Tomas Olsson`s
Tomas has skied down many of the highest summits in the world. I lived
in Chamonix, and spend his daily life with climbing and skiing.
Tomas wrote on his website during the planning of the Everest
Expedition 2006: I am an adventurer on full time and my goal is to be
the first in the world to ski down the northern side of Everest, the
world`s highest mountain.
We in Travel Explorations express our deepest sympathy to Tomas` family,
relatives and friends. Tomas was a really great adventurerer who lived
his life to the max! He was always looking for new challenges and pushing of
Stein Morten Lund, 21 May
Norwegian website TV2 Nettavisen: