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entitled ‘Passion, hardship and a love for the mountains – Wanda Rutkiewicz on unknown photographs’ presents previously unpublished photos held in the Polish Press Agency’s archives.
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.
Mountaineer Waldemar Kowalewski had just returned to base after reaching the summit of the Nepalese Annapurna when he heard that radio contact with the three men who had been descending the same peak had been lost, with no communication for 24 hours.
Two Polish ski mountaineers died on Saturday in an avalanche under the Kondratova Kopa peak in Slovakia's Western Tatras mountain range, Slovak rescuers said on Sunday.
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.