By Bernadette McDonald
Voytek Kurtyka is among the maximum alpinists of all time. Born in 1947, he was once one of many best lighting of the Polish golden age of climbing that redefined Himalayan climbing within the Seventies and 1980s.
His visionary method of mountaineering led to many well known ascents, corresponding to the total Broad Peak traverse, the ‘night-naked’ pace climbs of Cho Oyu and Shishapangma and, primarily, the alpine-style first ascent of the West Face of Gasherbrum IV. Dubbed the ‘climb of the century’, his path on GIV with the Austrian Robert Schauer is – as of 2017 – unrepeated. His such a lot widespread mountaineering companions have been alpine legends in their time: Polish Himalayan substantial Jerzy Kukuczka, Swiss mountain consultant Erhard Loretan and British alpinist Alex MacIntyre.
After repeated requests to just accept the Piolets d’Or Lifetime success Award (the Oscars of the hiking world), Kurtyka ultimately authorised the honor within the spring of 2016. A fiercely inner most person, he has declined numerous invites for interviews, lectures and competition appearances, yet he has agreed to collaborate with the world over popular and award-winning writer Bernadette McDonald in this long-awaited biography.
Art of Freedom is a profound and relocating profile of 1 of the foreign mountaineering world’s most precious, advanced and reclusive mountaineers.
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