The world is divided into two categories. There are those who collect 8000 with a lot of logistical support, sherpa, and oxygen bottles. And then there is Bartek Ziemski. The Polish skier has just climbed Dhaulagiri, 8167 m, in Nepal, on skis, without oxygen and without porters, a few weeks after having climbed Annapurna, 8091 m, the same way. These ascents were carried out in autonomous ropeparty, with Oswald Rodrigo Pereira, also without oxygen bottle. The Poles have named their double expedition Mad Ski Project 2023, but they are not crazy. They are simply very strong and talented.
Dhaulagiri, and the elegant direct line of its steep normal route. ©Jocelyn Chavy
On the 14th of May, 2023, Ziemski and Pereira left Camp 3 (7230m) at midnight. After the summit climb, Bartek skied to the base camp. “I took care of the film and photographic documentation, then went down to the Base Camp at night“,
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