Peak performance in China

2012 LANXESS Summiteers in China is ready to go

Lhasa/Shanghai, May 3 – As a part of the ongoing program LANXESS Summiteers in China 2012 is ready to go.  Thomas Bubendorfer, one of the world’s foremost solo climbers, arrived in Lhasa in the middle of April to make preparations for his ascent of the two most demanding unclimbed mountains in the north west of the World Roof Tibet.  Both are located in Shogula mountain system in the Yangs Pa Can area with around 6,000 meters high.  The expedition is in collaboration with the China Mountaineering Association (CMA). 


The 2012 expedition includes two distinct tasks.  Bubendorfer plans to first scale one peak alone and unaided within 24 hours.  Unlike conventional mountaineers who need ropes and oxygen cylinders, Bubendorfer is specialized in climbing up bald cliff and ice rocks without any such equipment. He has set many world records in speed solo climbing. 


Further, Bubendorfer will climb another mountain with four professional Chinese mountain climbers.  All are veteran mountain climbers including two Li Fuqing and Li Yunxia from the China Mountaineering Association (CMA) and Yao Yuanhua from Beijing Extreme Sports Club and Li Lan from Tibet Mountaineering School. Li Fuqing, from CMA, is one of the climbers who escorted the Olympic Torch onto the top of Mountain Everest in 2008. 


“China has lots of mountains and many of them are well-known.  I am impressed with the Chinese culture and philosophy which contains images and metaphors about mountains, such as in Kung Fu and Taoism,” Bubendorfer said.  “It is my great honor to exchange climbing skills with Chinese professionals and join together to challenge the summit.”


Before this expedition, all participants received an intensive training in the Mont Blanc area with the focus on mountain climbing skills such as rescue from crevasses, judging snow conditions, avoiding avalanches, as well as safety techniques when climbing in teams.


“Improving climbing skills is a part of the mountaineering program, but the main focus lies on safety,” said Bubendorfer. “Only by improving the safety techniques, the demanding sports can be driven forward.”


“Safety is a core value of LANXESS.  It's the essence of a company’s culture of sustainable development,” said Martin Kraemer, CEO of LANXESS Greater China.


“As the founder and sponsor of LANXESS summiteers in China, LANXESS has brought the finest mountaineers of China and Europe to challenge the limits of man and nature in a quest to be the first team ever to scale some of the world’s most difficult peaks.  I am convinced that LANXESS’ engagement in this unique program truly inspires everyone at LANXESS.”


LANXESS Summiteers in China, a two-year joint program, is exclusively sponsored by the specialty chemicals group.  It has brought together the best climbers from China and Europe to jointly scale some of the most demanding mountains in Tibet. Past year, the joint team successfully scaled two unclimbed mountains in Tibet, both of which are above 6,000 meters.


LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 8.8 billion in 2011 and currently around 16,500 employees in 30 countries. The company is at present represented at 48 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. LANXESS is a member of the leading sustainable indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and FTSE4Good.


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