Bargiel Abandons Everest Ski

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The Bargiel team at Base Camp. Photo: Marek Ogień

Polish extreme skier Andrzej Bargiel has abandoned his attempt to hurtle down Everest on planks due to an unstable serac looming ominously above the Khumbu Icefall. In 2014, a similar serac broke off the west shoulder and killed 16 Sherpas, and several of this fall’s Everest expeditions, including Bargiel’s, had that tragedy in mind when they eventually decided to abort.

Earlier last week, the Mountain Hardware team and the Polish Lhotse group abandoned due to the risk presented by the delicately poised ice block. Only the three-strong Madison Mountaineering team and Spanish ultrarunner Kilian Jornet remain on the mountain.

The 60-100m tall serac looms 1,000m above the icefall. Photo: Tim Emmett

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Armchair Winter Mountaineer
Armchair Winter Mountaineer
1 year ago

How to approach a winter 8000m in the 21st century;

1. Promote your climb through every social media
2. Head to base camp
3. Search for route openings for 3 weeks
4. Pack-up, go home with reasoning “high risk, lot of rock/ice fall”
5. Repeat every year until someone suicidal succeeds

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Mark
Mark
1 year ago

I hope that this comment is not about Bargiel…
This man has already climbed four 8000m and was voted
National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year 2019.
BTW – September/October is not a winter climb, just ask D. Urubko.

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Craig Quigley
Craig Quigley
1 year ago

5) Most of the best Winter Climbers (on the 8000s) are still alive and kicking – refer back to point 4 that you made.

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Not an Everest climber
Not an Everest climber
1 year ago
Reply to  Craig Quigley

You’re right! Only 6 out of 18 winter summitteers have perished.

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Mark
Mark
1 year ago

Where did you get the 6 out of 18 from? According to Eberhard Jurgalski, close to 70 climbers reached the summits of the 8000’s in WINTER!!! Please don’t write before checking facts…

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Not an Everest climber
Not an Everest climber
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark

Please don’t post “please don’t X before doing Y” comments. They’re incredibly old and cringeworthy.

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Trish
Trish
1 year ago

I feel at risk just looking at that picture.
Climbers, you don’t need social media to be a rock star! You are already famous, bigger than life, the next best thing to God, and the brightest star to the people who love you. Your parents, spouse/partner, children, best friends wouldn’t trade you for anything in the world.
Coming back alive, regardless of the reason, is an accomplishment. Be damned to any person or corporation who thinks differently.

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