JUL 27, 2016
Andrzej Bargiel conquered another peak of the Snow Leopard trophy.
After reaching the top of Lenin Peak last week, today the Polish skier from Zakopane put his feet on the second highest peak of Tajik’s Pamir mountain range – Korzhenevskaya Peak – 7105 m. And all that exactly one year after Bargiel became the first man to perform a successful ski descent from top of Broad Peak (8051 m).
Andrzej departed from the base camp at 4 a.m. After a short break in the camp he set up on 5300 m and continued his climb towards the top of the mountain just to reach the summit at 12.40 pm local time. After more than 8 and a half hours of climbing he skied down the steep and snowy face of Korzhevskaya Peak. Despite the difficult conditions the descent took him less than an hour, followed by a three-hours march back to the Moskvina base camp. He checked in safely at 5.00 p.m. local time, ticking off his list the second Snow Leopard’s peak.
By reaching the summit of Lenin Peak, Andrzej has launched the clock that is counting down the time to conquer other four seven-thousanders belonging to the Snow Leopard trophy. The current speed record is hold by Russians – Denis Urubko and Andrey Molotov who climbed all five peaks in 42 days back in 1999. After reaching Korzhenevskaya Peak today, Bargiel now needs to complete only 3 more summits within the next 31 days to break the record.
The plan now assumes few days of rest for Bargiel and the rest of the crew before the next summit attack on the highest peak of the Snow Leopard challenge – Communism Peak, nowadays known as Ismoil Somoni Peak (7495 m).