Everest Viking skier Tomas Olsson missing after fall

Tomas Olsson is missing on Everest north face, while Norwegian Tormod Granheim has descended to 6500 meter. Tomas vanished at around 8500 meters yesterday, following a fall. The two skiers began their ski descent around lunch May 16 after a 14 hour hard ascent to the summit. One hour later, they began skiing down the Norton couloir.

Pia Rosin, the team’s press manager told ExplorersWeb in a phone call that the climbers encountered a 50 ft rock section a few hours below the summit and began rappelling down. The anchor broke and Tomas fell, continuing to slide down the wall. Tormod immediately climbed down after Tomas but found only his ice axe. Swedish authorities and Tomas family are notified.

[courtesey MountEverest.net]