The Man Who Skied Down Everest is a 1970 documentary about madman alpinist Yuichiro Miura

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Are you f***ing kidding me? These were the first words out of my mouth when I saw this clip. It’s easy to forget how gnarly people got a generation ago, and this video is nuts even 40 plus years after the fact.

As described on Youtube.

The Man Who Skied Down Everest is a documentary about Yuichiro Miura, a Japanese alpinist who skied down Mt. Everest in 1970. The film was produced by Canadian film maker Budge Crawley. Miura skied 6,600 feet (2000 m) in 2 minutes and 20 seconds and fell 1320 feet down the steep Lhotse face from the Yellow Band just below the South Col. He used a large parachute to slow his descent. He came to a full stop just 250 ft. from the edge of the crevasse.

Eight died during the expedition’s ascent.

Crawley won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for this picture.

 

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