Mike and Steve Marolt
Motivational speakers, twin brothers + 2 times successful at skiing down Mt. Everest
"Skiing on top of the world doesn't look sexy on camera," says Mike Marolt.
"It's like skiing down the icy roof of a barn, with a fatal fall of some 4,000
feet if you make one mistake."
"It's also hard to make it look exciting because it's very conservative skiing," Marolt says. "There's no oxygen so you can't move your feet very fast. And you're so tired at that elevation. It's unlike any other skiing that there is."
In his forties, with two kids, a mortgage and a full-time day job as an accountant, Mike Marolt is an unlikely ski film producer. But that didn't stop Mike and his twin brother Steve + other team members. They schlepped professional film equipment, and their skis, to the north ridge of Mount Everest to film this epic adventure. And, they did so without the aid of oxygen, porters or the other typical assistance climbers use at these dizzying altitudes.
It took Mike, his brother, and the other team members three years of saving, training, and planning before they tackled Everest. Without Sherpa assistance, or oxygen, they climbed to an elevation of 25,098 feet.
Then they pointed their skis downhill to film: Skiing Everest. The descent from that altitude - in a whiteout no less - also made the Marolts the first Americans to have skied from above 25,000 feet twice.
Join brothers Mike and Steve Marolt as they ski their way into the record books. To purchase the Skiing Everest DVD, click here. Proceeds benefit the Big City Mountaineers, helping urban teens experience and enjoy the outdoors.
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