I just yelled “point it!” at my screen so many times. This is a truly incredible feat of strength and skiing. Polish climber and skier Andrzej Bargiel just bagged the first descent of K2 on skis, one of the hardest mountains in the world to climb – let alone ski back down. K2 is the second highest mountain in the world with an elevation of 28,251 feet. That’s only 800 feet below the summit of Everest.
Here’s what Andrzej had to say about his epic line.
“I’m very happy that I’ve managed to ski down the summit of K2 and get back to the base safely! I started to climb K2 at 4 in the morning on Sunday. The weather was good. Some problems appeared when I reached the peak and started to ski down. It was very cloudy and I had to wait for it to clear up at Base IV because the next phase of my downhill was going to be very difficult and technical on an extremely steep wall. I feel huge happiness and, to be honest, it was my second attempt, so I’m glad that I won’t be coming here again.”
Here was his line down the mountain – a shocking 13,000 foot line.