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NEW ATTEMPT TO SKI DOWN EVEREST - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
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The Polish skier, Andrzej Bargiel, is aiming to do it this autumn. He skied down K2 last year. PlanetSKI reports.







The highest mountain on earth has been skied before, but Andrzej Bargiel will be doing it without supplementary oxygen and without taking his skis off.

This will be a first if he manages it.

Bargiel says he is climbing without oxygen to test himself and that he certainly feels fit enough.

"If it was easy, others would have done it before me," he said.

"For now the goal is simple: to climb and ski down."

"After I get there I will assess what the slopes look like, what the snow conditions will be and whether they will be stable or not."

See here for the PlanetSKI story from last year as he became the first person to ski down K2.

We have videos, reaction and more besides in this inspiring story:

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So, who else has skied down Everest?

Yuichiro Miura, from Japan, was the first person to ski down the mountain when he completed the feat in 1970.

Hans Kammerlander skied down from the summit in 1996, but took his skis off for a section.

"I skied down the first 300 meters at a gradient of 55 degrees, then I removed my skis and used my crampons several times until I reached 7,700m. Then I put my skis back on and never removed them," he said.

The Slovenian ski instructor, Davo Karnicar, skied down Mount Everest in 2000.

He was the first to ski down the whole way without taking his skis off.

Several attempts have also been made to snowboard down Everest but none has been successful.

Check out the video below on high-altitude big mountain skiing:


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