Simone Moro (Lead)
A thin-aired, multi-sport marathon where team members will climb 8000-meter Cho Oyu, snowboard from the summit, then run and bike to Kathmandu. Phew!
Cho Oyu, an 8201 meter peak and the sixth tallest mountain on earth, will be the scene of a multisport frenzy in Fall 2010. This adventure will incorporate high altitude alpinism, ski and snowboard descents, endurance running and cycling.
The summit of this 8000-meter giant will be stage one in this marathon across the Tibetan Plateau. Emilio Previtali and Lizzy Hawker will climb the traditional route up the north flank of Cho Oyu, then Emilio will snowboard down. On the difficult Southwest face of the mountain, where massive cliffs and steep ice walls loom, Simone Moro and Herve Barmasse will blaze an alpine-style ascent. When they're all back in base camp, the second leg of their thin-aired marathon will begin. Lizzy and Simone will shed mountain boots and slip on trail shoes to run overland - 400 kilometers - across the Tibetan Plateau and then down to Nepal to the ancient capital of Kathmandu. Meanwhile, Emilio and Herve will mountain bike the same route. With the Tibetan high country lying at about 15,000 feet above sea level, this endurance-fest is sure to be punishing and picturesque as the athletes pass ancient Buddhist temples, herds of yaks and the jagged backdrop of the high Himalayas.
Simone Moro is one of Italy's premiere alpinists. With his grueling, first-ever winter ascent of 8000-meter Makalu last year, he cemented himself into the annals of Himalayan history. Emilio Previtali is a leading freerider and alpinist in the Italian mountain scene. Herve Barmasse, also Italian, has climbed extreme firsts across Patagonia and the Alps. Lizzy Hawker has been called Britain's greatest endurance athlete. Her feats include twice winning the women's division of the 155 kilometer The North Face Ultra Trail Tour du Mont Blancand holding the record for running from Everest Base Camp to Kathmanduafter scaling the Nepalese peak Ama Dablam.