Take a look behind the scenes of the record set by German speed mountaineer Benedikt Böhm: Nepal’s Dhaulagiri VII summit (7,246 metres) in seven hours and 53 minutes. Dhaulagiri VII is a major ski touring challenge because of its protracted ascent and the region’s remoteness.
To reach the base camp of Dhaulagiri—also known as Putcha Hiunchuli—requires a lot of trekking in and acclimation to the high altitude. When trying to set this new speed record Beni started at the basecamp at 4,930 metres climbing up via the northwest flank, pushing himself to the 7,246-metre summit, and then returning back to basecamp. All in under eight hours! Going up he used all the energy stored from base camp but skiing down—exhausted and at his limits—was the challenge. Nevertheless, Beni accomplished his goal in true #speedup style.
Humla, Nepal is a poor region where many children have little chance for an education. As the father of three young kids, Beni wanted to bring attention to these serious shortcomings. Together with Nepal Medical Careflight Association, Beni and Dynafit supported a school project in Humla.