After spending an uncomfortable second night in the death zone, 8,000m above sea level, Kit, Rob and expedition teammate, Jimmy Chin, decided to go ahead with their original plan to ski the South Pillar, an incredibly steep, exposed route down the Lhotse Face.
“The three of us trusted ourselves and each other. We had complete confidence in discerning our abilities in that moment. I’d asked Rob the day before what he wanted to do. His reply was clear. ‘This is what I want to do. I can do this.’ That was enough for me.”
The South Pillar route is an uninterrupted fall line of 1,500m, with 50 degrees or more of steepness and without a single place for a rest. There was no margin for error and no hope of rescue. “It was the steepest, most intense and committing ski descent that any one of us has ever made.” To put it into perspective, the route is still unridden 13 years later.
Crossing the bergschund at the bottom of the Lhotse Face, Kit knew she had set a new world record and expanded what we all thought possible. But there was a more personal meaning in her achievement. “The reason for skiing the Seven Summits was to get back to that root of who I am and where I find the greatest satisfaction. I think that we need to do what makes our hearts sing if we want to positively contribute to this world.”
Our Seven Summits collection pays homage to Kit’s bold achievements and brings mountain functionality to the city. “Whether worn on summits or streets,” says Darren, “the essence of the Seven Summits collection is to empower exploration.”
The collection is available in selected stores throughout Europe.