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EVEREST SKI CHALLENGE ABANDONED
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Andrzej Bargiel has been forced to abandon his attempt to ski down Everest without supplemented oxygen.

 

 

 

Last year the 31-year-old Polish daredevil successfully skied down K2 that we reported on PlanetSKI at the time.

Bargiel and his #EverestSkiChallenge support team have been waiting at the Basecamp for three weeks.

A massive chunk of glacial ice has been hanging dangerously above the Khumbu Icefall that the climbers needed to cross to reach Camp 1.

He said the serac had a 50m overhang, and was 30m wide.

He hoped the serac would break off so they could pass safely beneath towards Camp 1.

"Walking underneath through the Icefall is extremely dangerous," he posted on his Facebook page, adding he could not accept the risk.

The expedition was named #EverestSkiChallenge and here at PlanetSKI we followed the early days of the expedition.

Read more here: EVEREST SKI ATTEMPT STARTS


Bargiel made the following statement on Facebook, explaining the dangerous conditions prevailing on the mountain and the reasons for abandoning the expedition.

Sometimes, he said, "you have to estimate the risk and if it’s too high you have to say "stop”.

Bargiel's Statement:

"We are now in our third week at Everest Base Camp.

The conditions are pretty hard this year, with the monsoon staying longer, it’s snowing and raining more often.

During the summer, the freezing level was really high up and the Icefall is in a poor condition, there are multiple crevasses.

The biggest problem though is the huge serac which is around 50 m high and 30 m wide, overhangs 800 m above the Icefall and it is separated from the main structure. Walking underneath through the

Icefall is extremely dangerous.

Unfortunately I will and can not accept this kind of risk.

The serac can break and fall anytime and this stops us from pushing forward.

We tried to wait and see during this period.

We are here for a long time, there is no progress and so no acclimatisation beyond base camp.

We therefore have to finish our expedition, because that’s the most reasonable decision.

Unfortunately sometimes there is something like that, you have to estimate the risk and if it’s too high you have to say „stop”.

I would like to thank my team, everybody who believes and supports this project, especially our sponsors and partners.

Namaste"

 

The world's highest peak has seen a handful of ski descents, but never a continuous downhill without additional oxygen, as Bargiel and his team had planned.

The decision to abandon the attempt came after another team abandoned its expedition last week, leaving only a handful of climbers on the mountain.

There are only four expedition members who will continue their expedition on Mt Everest.

Garrett and his fellow American climbers Zac Bookman and Kristin Bennett will only attempt to cross the icefall section once the serac collapses.

The Spanish extreme runner and climber Kilian Jornet is now at Camp 1 to attempt to climb the world’s highest peak.

He has not yet disclosed the details of his climbing plan, though it is anticipated Kilian will try to complete his attempt  by 3rd October.

Autumn expeditions on Everest are rare because the terrain is potentially much snowier, the daylight hours are shorter and the temperatures colder.

However overcrowding on the mountain will be less of an issue compared to the busy spring window.

Nepal has issued only 10 permits for the mountain this season.

Recent Videos:

(a) A week ago the #EverestSkiChallenge team made a video attempting to approach Camp 1 laden with steel ladders.

Watch the video below.

(b) Grzegorz Bargiel is the drone operator in all the films posted on Facebook about #EverestSkiChallenge.

In the video below the Bargiel brothers spend the day together on Mount Everest.

#EverestSkiChallenge Camping at the foot of Everest#EverestSkiChallenge Camping at the foot of Everest - photo: Facebook A Bargiel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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