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Skiing Amongst Lions: Andrzej Bargiel’s Gasherbrum II Descent


On July 19. 19, renowned ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel successfully summited and descended Gasherbrum II, The the world’s 13th This is the highest peak that can be reached on skis and without the need for supplementary oxygen. This expedition is one of many in a string of ski mountaineering feats—all part of Bargiel’s Hic Sunt Leones project.

Bargiel descends from 26,362 feet above the ground to ski Gasherbrum 2.
[Photo] Bartłomiej Pawlikowski/Red Bull Content Pool

Latin for “here are the lions”—a phrase that was used to denote unknown parts of the world on ancient maps—the goal of the Hic Sunt Leones project is to ski the highest peaks on Earth.

The Gasherbrum Ski Challenge—whose objective is to explore and climb both Gasherbrum I (26,509’) and II (26,362’), and descend each on skis without supplementary oxygen—marks Bargiel’s latest Himalayan expedition. Other noteworthy missions of his include the first ski descent of K2 (28,251’) in 2018 and the first ascent and ski descent of Yawash Sar II Peak (20,269’) in 2021.

Bargiel headed for the Gasherbrum Region Jun. 30, reaching Camp 2 (21,489’) just two-and-a-half weeks later on Jul. A press release issued by his team explained the 18. After resting the remainder of…

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