Two Polish skiers died on Wednesday in an avalanche that hit a skiing resort in the Indian-controlled part of the Kashmir province, local police have said.
Entitled “Solo. Moje samotne wspinaczki” (Solo. My solitary climbs), the illustrated, 234 page book released on January 12th delves into the climber’s circumstances, emotions and motivations that led him to undertake each of his solitary ascents, with that of ‘killer mountain’ Nanga Parbat, considered by Wielicki as his greatest achievement.
Using the same model of Jelcz truck as the original expedition, the four-man team said they wanted to remind the world about the golden age of Polish Himalayan mountaineering as well as deliver aid to earthquake victims.
For Łukasz Supergan, crossing Iceland once on foot was not enough – he wanted to do it in winter, too.
Supported by a 20-person strong team, alpinists Leszek Cichy and Krzysztof Wielicki climbed to the height of 8848 meters, despite the extreme wind and deadly conditions.
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.
Italian climber Francesco Cassardo and his colleague was descending the 6,955 metre Gasherbrum peak VII after becoming the first people in history to reach the top when he fell breaking his leg and suffering a near fatal neck injury. Fortunately for him, a group of Polish and Canadian climbers were nearby who rushed to his rescue.
Awarded annually since 2009, the Piolet d’Or award takes into account levels of technical ability, surpassing limits thought undoable and respect for the mountains and environment.
President Andrzej Duda decorated three high-altitude climbers with the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on Monday, for their part in a winter 2018 mountain rescue on Pakistan's Nanga Parbat.