Andrzej Bargiel has become the first person ever to ski down K2, the second highest mountain in the world.
Bargiel, from Poland, is a renowned skier, climber, and mountain runner - which is not a bad set of skills when you set your sights on sliding down a peak like K2, which sits some 8611 metres above sea level.
"Bargiel is no stranger to super-human achievements"
The 30 year-old set off from the K2 base camp on Thursday 19th July. Along with countryman Janusz Golab who stayed with him until the last day of climbing, Bargiel continued the ascent, reaching the summit of the mountain on Sunday before clipping in and skiing back down what we can only imagine were some tricky faces. Some may even be taxing enough to be classed as Black runs in France.
This wasn’t the first time Andrzej Bargiel has attempted this amazing feat. He tried to ski down K2 last year, but had to abandon the expedition after the weather made it too dangerous.
Bargiel is no stranger to super-human achievements in the mountains. He’s the current record holder for the fastest ascent of Manaslu - a mountain in the Nepalese Himalayas and the eighth highest peak in the world.
He’s the current record holder for the fastest completion of the Elbrus race, which is the aptly named “extreme route” to the top of Mt. Elbrus, Europe’s highest mountain. Bargiel also holds the record for claiming the Snow Leopard award in the fastest time - a gong given out for climbing all five peaks above 7000 metres in the former Soviet Union.
Now he can add being the first man to ski down K2 to his illustrious trophy cabinet.