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In 2001, the Frenchman Marco Siffredi, at the age of 22 entered the history of mountaineering.
Marco Siffredi was the first man to descend from Everest on a snowboard.
Next year, Marco Siffredi tried to repeat his impressive achievement on a more difficult route, but he was missing.
It was 19 years ago that Marco Siffredi for the first time in history of adventure activities descended Everest on a snowboard.
Marco Siffredi was born on May 22, 1979 in Chamonix that is located at the foot of Mont Blanc.
His father was a mountain guide and Marco Siffredi lost his older brother during an avalanche.
Marco Siffredi started mountaineering when he was a child.
At the age of 16, got on a snowboard for the first time and one year later Marco Siffredi made his first extreme descent.
He descended the northern slope of the Aiguille du Midi mountain that the angle of which reaches 55 degrees.
Marco Siffredi with his friend Philip Fort,became the first snowboarder to descend from another Aiguille du Chardonnay mountain.
only one year later, Philip Fort died in an avalanche.
Marco Siffredi continued to conquer the most savage peaks.
He descent the Aiguille-Vert mountain from the Nan Blanc glacier, where the angle of inclination reaches 65 degrees.
Marco Siffredi, conquered almost all the most difficult mountains in the Alps and also descended from Mt. Tokyarahu in Peru.
Marco Siffredi in 1999 went down on a snowboard from Mount Dorje Lhakpa.
Marco Siffredi was seriously dreaming about summiting Everest.
Before him nobody had ever descended Everest on a snowboard.
Marco Siffredi first tried descending Cho Oyu as a test and he was successful.
Then Marco Siffredi managed to descend Shishabangma because of its strong wind.
In the spring of 2001, Marco Siffredi climbed Everest.
Marco Siffredi decided to descend Hornbein corridor but because of too little snow he had to take a fallback and go down the sidelines of Norton.
At the very beginning of the descent, Marco Siffredi was in serious trouble.
Because of too cold weather, fasteners broke on his board. He was lucky that his Sherpa managed to fix everything.
Marco Siffredi went down 1850 meters down a steep slope of 45 degrees.
Then Marco took a rest for about an hour and continued on his way.
Overall it took four hours for Marco Siffredi to get from the top of Everest to the base camp.
There were some rumors that Marco Siffredi might not be the first person to go down Everest on a snowboard.
Just one day earlier, a similar attempt was made by Austrian Stefan Gatt but he walked part of the path due to too deep snow.
Thus, Marco Siffredi is known as the first person to descend Everest on a snowboard.
Marco Siffredi was not happy with his success and he wanted to try more complex sidelines of Hornbein.
He planned a new ascent, decided to wait till fall, when there should have been enough snow.
Its difficult to climb Everest on autumn and Marco Siffredi had to spend more time than the first time.
On his ascend, Marco Siffredi complained to the Sherpas about headaches but Marco did not deviate from his plan.
On September 2002, Marco Siffredi reached himself to the top of Everest.
Weather conditions were extremely bad and the Sherpas tried to dissuade Marco Siffredi from executing his plan, but he was adamant.
He just started descending and since then no one saw him anymore. Even his body was not found.
It’s not enough to be skilled and brave. Never challenge the nature and never underestimate it. Never trust your physical abilities if you are in the nature.