First Descent: Polish Mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel Skies Down From the Top of K2

On July 22 nd, 2018 Polish ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel achieved a world firstly when he climbed and then pitched from the summit of the planet’s second-highest mountain on skis, K2. At 8,611 m, it’s precisely 200 m shorter than Mt Everest, and a lot more dangerous. Until Bargiel’s firstly drop-off, it was one of the last of the far-famed heydays still un-skied from the summit.

After all is said and done, Bargiel’s extraordinary achievement will go down as one of “the worlds largest” daring descents on skis ever. Check out the striking footage below of the historic swoop.

Following his solo ascent to the summit aEUR” without oxygen aEUR” he spent the next seven-plus hours get down. Bargiel is just 30 -years old, but he has a lifetime of event in high-pitched alpine expanses, having previously skied off Broad Peak, Shishapagma and Manaslu, and he’s nursed countries around the world speed chronicle for the ascent on Russia’s Mt Elbrus for the past five years.

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Bargiel defined his displays on skiing off K2, and became his first struggle last year. High avalanche jeopardy and perils of rockfall continued them off the summit, though, which understood simply about a dozen climbers all year.

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While much less famous than Everest, K2 perhaps deserves more respect. Following this record-breaking season( with 60+ peaks ), still simply an estimated 417 beings have ever stood on the meridian, and a full part of those who have gone after the summit have died in their endeavor. It’s considered by far most technological and deadliest meridian in the world.

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A handful of other complete mountaineers have tried to ski it before, including Italian Hans Kammerlander and American Dave Watson, who skied down from nearly 400 m below the summit. While both survived their attempts, two mountaineers aEUR” Italian Michele Fait in 2009 and Fredrik Ericsson in 2010 aEUR” both fell to their extinctions while struggling the ski swoop. K2’s most dangerous deterrent is said to be the’ Bottleneck’ aEUR” a narrow, 50 Adeg couloir that has an extremely large serac hanging above it.

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One of the unsung heroes of the excursion? The drone are all part of Bargiel’s brother, Bartek. First, exploiting the monotone, Bartek spotted Scottish climber Rick Allen, who was missing, presumed dead, and was able to help saviors contact the injured climber. That wasn’t the only day the little drone came to the save, though. As Bargiel was summiting, it hovered medicine up to Janusz GoA, A…b, standing him to feel well enough to descend with Bargiel’s help. The droning flight to movie Bargiel on the summit also adjusted another new chronicle for the highest known droning flight while filming ever recorded.

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Bargiel’s day on July 22 started at nearly 4am. He had originally planned to climb with expedition collaborator Janusz GoA, A…b, but back sting prevented GoA, A…b in Camp III. Bargiel decided to go for a summit strive solo, moving quickly and without the help of oxygen.

He arrived on the summit around 11.30 am, where he then clipped into his skis and began the ancestry, a involved itinerary that took about eight hours to get back to Base Camp, including an hour-long stop at Camp IV, at 8,000 m, to wait for better weather. His strand actually connected four different routes on K2 aEUR” the Abruzzi Rib, AOEesen, Messner variant and the Kukuczka-Piotrowski route. His street took him down a swoop of 3,600 horizontal meters.

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You can speak more about the historic descent on Red Bull here. You can also find an exclusive interrogation with Bargiel and get his thoughts and reactions to the feat on Red Bull here.

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