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Andrzej Bargiel Abandons Everest Ski Attempt

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Jesteśmy w bazie pod Everestem już trzeci tydzień. Warunki w tym roku są bardzo trudne. Monsun się przedłuża, często pada śnieg i deszcz. Podczas lata poziom zamarzania był bardzo wysoki i lodowiec jest w tragicznym stanie, jest w nim mnóstwo szczelin. Największym problemem jest serak wiszący 800 metrów nad lodowcem, ma 50 m wysokości, 30 m długości i jest odczepiony od właściwego lodowca. Poruszanie się pod nim jest bardzo trudne. Ja tego ryzyka nie akceptuję, serak może spaść w każdej chwili i to zatrzymuje nas przed działaniem. Próbowaliśmy przeczekać ten okres, wtedy moglibyśmy uruchomić działania niestety jesteśmy tu bardzo długo, nie ma progresu w akcji górskiej i w aklimatyzacji. Kończymy, bo to jest najbardziej rozsądne. Trzeba szacować ryzyko i jeżeli jest za duże powiedzieć „stop”. Dziękuję członkom mojej ekipy, wszystkim którzy wierzą i wspierają ten projekt, zwłaszcza sponsorom i partnerom. 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. 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. @murapol_sa @redbull @mercedesbenz @salomon @pajaksport #everestskichallenge #andrzejbargiel #suntleones drone op: @bartek_bargiel film&edit: @gzela.eu

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Polish ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel abandoned his attempt to climb and ski Everest after discovering that a massive serac threatened his route through the Khumbu Icefall. He has been hanging out in Base Camp for nearly a month, and has been unable to travel past this crux section, preventing any acclimatization. While other parties on the mountain, including an expedition party with Mountain Hardware’s CEO on board, already chose to leave, have have decided to wait a few more days to see if the serac falls. Ultrarunner Kilian Jornet is also still on the mountain, and has made it through the icefall to acclimatize at Camp 1.

RELATED: Andrzej Bargiel Scores First Ski Descent of K2

The serac in question is reported to be the size of a large building, and teeters 800 meters above the Icefall, an extremely dangerous section of open glacier separating Base Camp from the mountain. Bargiel says he has weighed the odds and was not willing to risk his life to the chance of the serac breaking.

A picture of the serac in question. Andrzej Bargiel photo.

Bargiel made history last year when he became the first person to ski off the summit of K2. He hoped to take those skills to Everest this fall. 

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