Davorin "Davo" Karničar (born October 26, 1962) is a Slovene alpinist and extreme skier.

As an active mountain skier, Davo was a member of the Yugoslavian national mountain ski team between 1975 and 1982. An alpinist since 1980, he climbed in 1989 to Nanga Parbat in Pakistan and in 1993 to K2, which borders Pakistan and China. In 1995 he made his first ski descent from Anapurna in Nepal and in 1996 he made a ski descent from Shishapangma in Tibet, China. As of 2010 he has accomplished over 1,500 mountain climbs and ski descents. He was the first man to make a complete ski descent from the Seven Summits, less than one month after the first person (a woman) to do so, Kit DesLauriers. Davo was only 38 years old when he became the person to ski down from the summit of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, on October 7, 2000.

His Seven Summits descents were:

  • Mount Everest (8848 m) in Asia on October 7, 2000
  • Kilimanjaro (5895 m) in Africa in November 2001
  • Mount Elbrus (5642 m) in Europe in May 2002
  • Aconcagua (6960 m) in South America in January 2003
  • Mount Kosciuszko (2228 m) in Australia in August 2003
  • Mount McKinley (6194 m) in North America in June 2004
  • Vinson Massif (4897 m) in Antarctica on November 11, 2006

The other significant peaks he skied from include north-east face of Eiger and east face of Matterhorn in Switzerland and Mont Blanc the highest mountain in Europe on the border between Italy and France. In February 2001, he guided the first ski school for Nepalese children on the Khumbu glacier in Nepal .


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