The third woman in the world and first European to reach the peak of Mount Everest, the exhibition entitled ‘Passion, hardship and a love for the mountains – Wanda Rutkiewicz on unknown photographs’ presents previously unpublished photos held in the Polish Press Agency’s archives.
Setting off on 27 September, Anna Tybor took just two days to reach the top of Mt. Manaslu without oxygen, and then became the first Polish woman in history to ski back down.
An exhibition presenting the achievements of 34 Polish and Romanian women, including fighters for independence and women's rights, artists, researchers and sportswomen is on show in Romania.
Organisers hope the three paintings on walls in three different cities will help inspire others to follow in the women’s footsteps.
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.
One of the streets in the northwestern Lithuanian city Plunge has been named after the Polish climber Wanda Rutkiewicz. The third woman in history to have conquered Mount Everest was born there on February 4, 1943.
After many failed and tragic attempts, on May 29th, 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mt. Everest. Twenty five years later, the first Pole to achieve this feat was Wanda Rutkiewicz, followed by 40 of her countrymen. Last week, 34-year-old Bogumiła Raulin became the 41st Pole to stand on top of the world’s highest peak and the youngest.