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.

 

 

23 comments
  • what no grooming up there???

    should be called the man who slid on his ass down Everest, and then got very, very lucky.

  • ChemDawg

    I am not sure it’s still there, but Comcast has had the whole film buried somewhere in their OnDemand on and off for the past several years.

  • Sean

    I saw that film a few years back. I was surprised at the massive amounts of gear ( even a stationary bike) that was hauled up for this expedition and how insanely involved the whole deal was. Most shocking was that after all that work his plan was straight lining the face and throwing a chute. My reaction was a similar “are you fucking kidding me?”. Seemed doomed from the start.

    • ski2fly

      For sure, when he hit the blue ice he should have let them run and tried to turn right back into the frozen snow to get some edge. Thinking he really needed some BD whippet poles,or well at least an ice axe since he would have needed to make his own whippet.

  • Bill

    Saw the whole movie when it first came out, bit of a disappointment, but still, an epic adventure. The translation probably make it worse..

  • Chris

    This whole family is pretty amazing. Yuichiro set the speed skiing record in ’64, 1st decent of Mt Fiji in ’68, skied down Everest in 1970, became the oldest man to climb Everest at age 70 in ’03, summited Everest again in ’08 at age 75 and is scheduled to climb it again in ’13 at 80yo!! Yuichiro’s son Gota is a dual Winter Olympian and also summited Everest with his dad.
    Yuichiro father Keizo was also a legendary alpinist climbing Kilimanjaro at age 77 and skiing Mt Blanc’s glacier at age 99!

  • Alex

    To all the duchebags making fun of this- remember he is skiing at VERY high altitude and he is on the 70’s ski gear, leather low-top boots and all, which is way worse than the modern stuff (and if case you forgot, awesome skiers can die on icy mountain faces even with modern gear). In case you still dont believe me, watch the video here of Didier Couche skiing a modern WC run on old gear. Of course you say that Couche just does not know how to shred…right. So keep shredding Squaw gnar which is what, 50 feet long in the dangerous part, and feeling truly rad about yourself… Skiing very extreme mountains at extreme altitudes and on an extremely inadequate gear (and at the time when most of you, assholes, did not even exist) deserves respect, so hats off to Miura for being crazy even to attempt that. That’s why he will going to Everest at 80 and you won’t…

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