The world's first ski descent of K2

    Andrzej Bargiel has become the first person to ski down from the summit of K2 which stands at 8,611 m (28,251 ft).

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    • Polish mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel summited the mountain on Sunday
    • It's the second-highest mountain in the world, after Mount Everest

    (CNN)High-altitude adventurer Andrzej Bargiel has become the first person to ski down from the summit of K2, descending from the world's second-highest mountain on Sunday.

    Bargiel cruised down from the Pakistani peak -- which stands at 8,611 m (28,251 ft) -- in a swift seven hours, having topped out on the summit after three and a half days of climbing without the aid of supplementary oxygen -- a feat unto itself.
      "I have managed to ride down from the summit of K2, directly to the base camp. It's a very technical descent, leading down the middle of the face, so I'm very happy it turned out well, because I'm here for the second time, and I'm glad I don't have to come back," said Bargiel.
        The 30-year-old daredevil from Poland attempted to ski down K2 last year, but was forced to abort the attempt because of high temperatures and poor conditions.
        But with favorable conditions yesterday, Bargiel was able to breeze from the summit to base camp.

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