JUL 19, 2016
Andrzej Bargiel made a successful summit at Lenin Peak today followed by a ski descent to complete the first stage of his Snow Leopard challenge.
The first stage that he claimed was only a part of the acclimatization process before moving on to more difficult and dangerous peaks. By reaching the top of Lenin Peak, Andrzej has launched the clock that will count down the time to conquer four other seven-thousanders.
His plan to reach the summit and return back to the base in less than 12 hours had to be changed due to the unfavorable weather conditions, and in the end the final attack was delayed by 24 hours. Bargiel departed yesterday from camp I around 8:00 (local time). After a short break in camp III, at 5:00 in the morning he set off towards the summit. Andrzej moved on skis, which facilitated his march in deep snow, even though he passed some other climbers, for most of the time he had to pave his way to the top. After another four hours he reached the top of Lenin Peak, the highest mountain in Kyrgyz part of the Pamir range. While it is considered to be technically the easiest one of the five peaks belonging to the Snow Leopard trophy, its slopes are exposed and thus prone to high avalanche danger. Therefore Bargiel had to be very cautious during his ski descent. Fortunately he managed to play it safe and finally made it down to the base at 11:00. There wasn’t however much time for a break, as shortly after his arrival, the team had to pack their stuff and hit the road again. The next destination point lies in Tajikistan, where the crew will get by helicopters.