It was a spontaneous decision to go on Chan Tengri the same day as the crew first reached the base camp on South Inylchek glacier. Considering the weather forecast showing only a narrow window, in which the summit attempt was possible, Andrzej decided to face the less challenging of the two remaining peaks. There was simply no time left to prepare for Peak Pobeda, famous for it’s capricious weather and harsh conditions.
As the clouds covered the sky while Andrzej was still on top, he decided to play it safe during the descent. Top parts of Chan Tengri represent steep, marble and exposed slopes, with usually lack of snow, leaving alpinists to climb their way up and down on solid rocks. It wasn’t any different that time. Andrzej was able to put his skis again on 6300 meters and descent the whole remaining route back to the base. He checked-in at South Inylchek at 3 pm local time, stopping the clock at 11 hours and 35 minutes. It’s 40 minutes faster than Denis Urubko, who holds the overall Snow Leopard’s speed record, set back in the days during the extreme competition organized on Khan Tengri in the end of the 20th century. His phenomenal ascent record (7h40m) from year 2000 however still remains unbeaten.