On Sunday, July 22, Polish ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel became the first person in history to climb and ski the Himalayan behemoth K2 (8611m), located on the China/Pakistan border in the Karakoram Range.
The Red Bull report describes the descent:
When Bargiel finally reached the summit, he simply put on his skis and started skiing down. He was able to link snowy sections throughout his entire descent. From the summit, he descended along the shoulder towards the Cesen Route, passing below huge seracs, then via the extremely difficult Messner traverse, and via the arete on the Kukuczka-Piotrowski route. Next, he had to face some snowfields full of crevasses. He managed to overcome all the difficulties and achieved his dream, achieving the impossible in the process….
IMAGE: K2 (8611m). [Photo] Piotr Pawlus / Red Bull Content Pool