In summer 2010 Anders Ödman (www.peantphoto.com) and I travelled to the Tien Shan of Kyrgyzstan. One objective was to ski the north face of Pik Pobeda (7439m), but it was too avalanche-prone for a serious attempt. We picked the lower, but very remote East summit (6762m) as alternative, which would take us into a world of ice and snow in the last corner of the Kyrgyz Tien Shan. We climbed Khan Tengri (7010m) for acclimatization, and then started the long approach up the Zvezdochka glacier.
After several days approaching and climbing the mountain, Anders had to turn around 200m below summit, wanting to spare energy for a safe descent. I continued alone and then made the first ski descent of the mountain via the NE ridge (50+ deg). A lone ski descent - steep, exposed and above a remote desert of ice and snow - and one of my finest.