Weekend Warm-Up: Andrzej Bargiel Skis K2

ExWeb extensively covered Andrzej Bargiel’s astonishing 2018 ski descent of K2. On our year-end Top 10 Expedition list, it was number one. But we did not have the footage of the descent itself.

While someone could theoretically have skied K2 a couple of decades ago, we would not have been able to share the experience. The technology wasn’t available yet: This five-minute film was shot in part by the skier’s GoPro (the company was founded in 2002) and in part by a high-altitude drone operated by Bargiel’s brother (the drone pioneers DJI began in 2006).

With a sound track consisting mainly of Andrzej Bargiel panting at high altitude, the film shows just how hair-raising his line was. Most of us would not want to be clinging to those knife-edge ridges on our hands and knees, let alone on a pair of boards. Words and still images go only so far: This footage shows just what a crazy, visionary accomplishment this adventure was.


Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. Canada's premier arctic traveler, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and is currently working on a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada.

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