andrzej bargiel speed ascent mountaineering
Andrzej Bargiel also holds the speed record for an ascent of Europe's Mt. Elbrus. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

New Speed Record Set on Manaslu

Polish ski-mountaineer blitzes up and down Himalayan peak

andrzej bargiel speed ascent mountaineering
Chris Cohen

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Polish ski-mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel has broken the speed record for an ascent of the Himalayan peak Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world, according to Explorersweb. He departed base camp at around 15,000 feet in the middle of the night on Thursday, September 24, and achieved the 26,759-foot summit just over 14 hours later. He then skied to base camp in a little more than seven hours, for a round-trip time of 21 hours, 14 minutes.

The record previously belonged to German Benedikt Böhm, who summited the mountain in 15 hours, with a round trip time of 23.5 hours.

This isn’t Bargiel’s first speed record: He also owns the mark for an ascent of Mt. Elbrus, Europe’s highest mountain, which he set in 2010.

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