Pik Pobeda East (6762m), Tian Shan

(2018)



For a long time I had dreamed about skiing a perfect line on a high peak in some remote corner of our planet. In August 2010 I stood alone on the summit of Pik Pobeda East (6762m), deep in the Tian Shan mountains, on the Kyrgyz-Chinese border. My partner Anders Ödman was far below, waiting in our tent on the Chon Teren Pass (5500m). I clicked in my skis, alone in a sea of mountains, so overwhelming in size. The following ski descent down the NE ridge (to 50+ degrees) would become what was the realisation of a long dream. An almost perfect line on a truly big mountain, unnoticed by anyone except Anders and I. The question remains what price we are willing to pay for our dreams and goals. In this case the reward was all that mattered.