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K2 and the line skied on Sunday 22 July 2018 by Andrzej Bargiel. From the summit the 30-year-old Pole followed the Abruzzi Spur, then plunged down the Cesen route before traversing below the seracs along the Messner variation and joining the Kukucka - Piotrowski line ascended in 1986. He followed this and added some new variations to complete the historic first ski descent of the second highest mountain in the world
Photo by Marek Ogień / Red Bull Content Pool
Andrzej Bargiel making the historic first ski descent of K2 on Sunday 22 July 2018
Photo by Marek Ogień / Red Bull Content Pool
Andrzej Bargiel approaching base camp after his historic first ski descent of K2 on Sunday 22 July 2018
Photo by Marek Ogień / Red Bull Content Pool
Bartłomiej Bargiel piloting the drone to help his brother Andrzej Bargiel make the historic first ski descent of K2 on Sunday 22 July 2018
Photo by Marek Ogień / Red Bull Content Pool

Andrzej Bargiel’s K2 ski descent / The revolutionary use of drones in High Altitude Mountaineering

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A case study of the use of drones in the historic first ski descent of K2, carried out in 2018 by Poland’s Andrzej Bargiel

When on 22 July 2018 Andrzej Bargiel carried out the first complete ski descent of K2, he was as Jimmy Chin rightly explained at the "very pinnacle of ski mountaineering". In order to achieve this extraordinary feat the 30-year-old Polish mountaineer was supported by his teammates Janusz Gołąb, Piotr Pawlus and Marek Ogień, as well as his brother Bartłomiej Bargiel who masterminded the game-changing drone that would proved vital to the expedition’s success.

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