He was born in 1988 in Łętownia, a small village in the south of the Poland. His adventure with skiing began at the age of 9. It very quickly turned out that he has amazing predispositions to endurance sports.
Andrzej Bargiel is a three-time Polish champion in ski mountaineering. In 2010 he set a new world record in the Elbrus Run which so far has not been beaten.
In 2012 Andrzej for the first time he went to the Himalayas. He was one of the participants of the unification expedition of the Polish Mountaineering Association organised as part of the “Polish Winter Himalaism 2010-2015”. The expedition aimed at climbing Manaslu (8156 m. n. p. m.). Due to bad weather, an attempt to climb the summit failed. Andrzej, however, managed to climb to the height of 7600 m and ski to the base camp located at 4800 m. Thanks to skis Andrzej got down very quickly. Andrzej completed the descent, which took the other participants 9 hours, in half an hour. It turned out that ski mountaineering works perfectly in the high mountains.
3 months after returning from Manaslu he got the offer to climb Lhotse (8516 m).
The plan of the Lhotse expedition was as follows, the attempt to climb fast and set a new record, as well as the first downhill from the summit. Like on Manaslu, adverse weather conditions and the accident of one of the expedition members prevented the summit attack. Andrzej skied from the height of 7900 m to the first camp at 6000 m.
On October 2, 2013 Andrzej made a solo ascent of Shishapangma (8013 m) and became the first Pole to ski from this summit to its base without taking off the skis.
In 2014 he added two more records on Manaslu (8156 m) by climbing the peak in the record time – 14 hours 15 minutes and skiing down from the top to the height which had not been previously reached by anyone, and breaking the record for base-peak-base climb. The way from the basecamp to the peak and back took him 21 hours and 14 minutes.
A year later, in 2015, he summited Broad Peak (8051 m) and then, as the first man in history, skied down to the base camp. Bargiel’s ascent lasted eight hours and the downhill- three hours.
At the turn of July and August 2016 his list of achievements was extended by a record time of climbing five highest mountains of the former Soviet Union, the so-called Snow Leopard. Andrzej summited all the peaks in 30 days, beating the record set in 1999 by Denis Urubko and Andrei Molotow which took them 12 days longer. He partly or entirely skied down all the summits.
In 2018 the aim was K2. On Sunday July 22, he began the successful summit attack. Andrzej reached K2 at about 11:28 local time and shortly afterwards put on his skis and began the historic downhill. He returned to the base camp at approximately 7:30 p.m. He managed to fulfill his dream of skiing down K2 to the base of the wall, accomplishing an exceptional feat and going down in the history of mountaineering
Through his pioneer project Hic Sunt Leones Andrzej seeks to achieve his goals in the style which nobody in the world has ever tried. Quick summit attacks and downhill to the base of the mountain without using supplementary oxygen are certainly achievements that will go down the history of the world mountaineering and ski mountaineering.