Bargiel Begins K2 Ski Push

Negotiating glacial melt. With this form Bargiel might make the Polish long jump team at the next Olympics. Photo: Andrzej Bargiel

Two weeks ago, Polish ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel abandoned Gasherbrum II because of heavy snowfall and headed off to his main objective of the season, K2. Bargiel is aiming to become the first person to ski K2 from summit to Base Camp.

Negotiating glacial melt. With this form, Bargiel might make the Polish long jump team at the 2020 Olympics. Photo: Andrzej Bargiel

After a nine-hour romp across a glacier, Bargiel and his team made K2 Base Camp on July 9. Since then, Bargiel and Janusz Golab have been making acclimatization trips up the southeast spur, also known as the Cesen or Basque route.

Bargiel’s brother Bartek captured this shot of K2 by drone at 8,400 m. Could this be a new world record for drone flight? Photo: Bartek Bargiel

On July 15, in good weather, the duo climbed to 7,800 meters via the famed Abruzzi Spur and established Camp 5. Bargiel then skied back down to Base Camp, with Golab descending on foot.

About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, national and international outdoor and adventure magazines, and various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.


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