These are some quick notes for Silvo Karo that I was asked to write for someone writing an article on theose talented Slovenians.

Silvo Karo

Born 1960

1977: Started climbing

1977-1982: climbing in Europe--alpine, rock routes. 40 new routes. Studied as Electricity Mechanic. Climbs with Frac Knez, one of Slovenia's pioneers, and Janez Jeglic.

1982 First trip to US (with Janez Jeglic) on an exchange trip sponsored by Steve Komito; Devil's Tower,Colorado (Long's Peak, new route on the Spearhead) Wyoming: 5.12's.

1983: Patagonia with Franc Knez and Janez Jeglic. Climbed the Devil's Dihedral on Fitzroy in two months. Fixed 600 meters of rope. Incredible route.

1984: Lots of Dolomite. Many new difficult routes established.

1985, Feb/March: Expedition to Xalungkang (8505meters), a sub summit of Kanchenjunga. Expedition sytle with Tomo Cesen, Janez, Franc, others. At 8100 meters there was a case of Cerebral Edema and they descended.

1985 summer: routes in alps: 2nd ascent of Rolling Stone on Grand Jorasse.

1985 November:East Face of Cerro Torre. 6 climbers led by Stane Klemenc. Fixed initial then spent 2 days on route. Another incredible route.

1986: Broad Peak with Mateve Lenarcic. No oxygen. Austrian route.

1986: Torre Egger: Psycho Vertical 900 meters. new route. 500 meters of rope fixed.

1987 Lhotse Shar attempt. pre monsoon.

1987 South Face Cerro Torre. 1400 meter route. 24 trips to the base. A film was made of this climb which wins 1st prize at Trento. A milestone for Patagonian climbing.

1989 Gahrwal. No Permit climbs with Franc. Climbs (?) Bhagirathi III with a team of 4.

1989 Yosemite. Climbs with Bridwell.

1990: Gahrwal. Sponsors ok now. Climbs the West Face of B.3 with Janez in super alpine style. 1300 meter portaledge route.

1991-2: climbing in Slovenia. Marries Alma. Climbing 8a french.

1992 Married his wife, Alma.

1993. Climbs Wyoming Sheep Ranch with Marko Prezeli.

1995: attempts Bhagirathi IV with John Middendorf: foiled by permit problems


(written in 1995)

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