The son of a Polish alpinist who took part in a 1979 expedition to Annapurna which ended in tragedy is planning to return to the Himalayas.
The expedition, which will travel from Poland to Nepal in an old Jelcz lorry, will honour the exploits of the great Polish climbers of the 1970s and 80s, and the first winter ascent of Everest.
The famous magazine rewards a man who skied down K2 and two climbers involved in a desperate bid to save two colleagues stranded high on one of the world’s highest mountains.
Called the Savage Mountain owing to its grim reputation for claiming lives, K2 has never been climbed in winter.
Although it is widely thought that the 49-year-old perished whilst ascending the third highest mountain in the world, her body has never been found and there are still some who believe she is living in seclusion in the mountains.
Jerzy Płonka, who has only 5 percent sight, has already conquered 44 of the highest mountains, the most recent being Slættaratindur on the Faroe Islands in May this year.
Running from 20th-23rd September, the festival brings together climbers, alpinists and himalayans from Poland and beyond for mountain-related talks, film screenings and socialising.