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WANDA RUTKIEWICZ: CARAVAN OF DREAMS Gertrude Reinisch 2000 1st edition DJ New
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UK, 2000, 1st edition. 192 pp, many color photos. In English. Wanda Rutkiewicz was one of the finest Polish alpinists of her day, and arguably the finest woman alpinist in the world at the time of her death in 1992. In twenty years she climbed with twenty major expeditions, and was on her way toward her eighth eight thousander when she disappeared without a trace while attempting Kanchenjunga. A superb and profusely illustrated large format hardcover with dust jacket, New condition.

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This work traces her climbing career, including her early years in the Alps, but focuses mainly on the 8,000-metre peaks (Everest, K2, Nanga Parbat, Makalu, Annapurna, and Kanchenjunga), including the expedition that claimed her life. There are (translated) reproductions of many of her personal letters from expeditions across the world.
 
A biography of the remarkable Polish climber who climbed eight 8000 meter peaks, and disappeared on Kangchenjunga in 1992. A beautifully-produced biography of the late Polish mountaineer, Wanda Rutkiewicz, who vanished without a trace in 1992 while attempting to add Kanchenjunga to the eight 8000-meter peaks she had already climbed.

At the time of her death she was considered to be the finest woman alpinist in the world. Includes hundreds of photos, from her early childhood right up to, and including, Kanchenjunga.

Wanda Rutkiewicz (Polish), the third woman to reach the Summit of Everest, is regarded as the greatest woman climber ever. 8 Summits of the 14 8000 meter peaks. Wanda was born in 1943 in Plungiany (before World War II it was part of Poland, now it is Lithuania). After World War II, she lived in Poland. She had eight 8000 meter summits before she died on Kangchenjunga somewhere over 8000 meters while attempting via the southwest face route. Kangchenjunga would have been her ninth 8000 meter peak Summit.

Wanda's Summits:

Everest 10/16/78, The third woman ascent, the first European on the top;

Nanga Parbat 7/15/85, with Krystyna Palmowska and Anna Czerwinska. They became the first women's team who scaled this peak. (The first woman on Nanga Parbat was one year earlier - Liliane Barrard with her husband Maurice).

K2 6/23/86, The first ever woman ascent to the top. She waited on the top for Michel Parmentier (France, died on Everest in 1988) and the couple: Maurice and Liliane Barrard (France, both died during descent from the top of K2).

Shishapangma (the true Main Summit) 9/18/87 with Ryszard Warecki.

Gasherbrum II 7/12/89 with Rhony Lampard from Great Britain.

Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak) 7/16/90 with Ewa Panejko-Pankiewicz.

Cho Oyu 9/26/91 solo.

Annapurna 10/22/91 South Face, solo.

Wanda Rutkiewicz died 5/12/92 or 5/13/92 on Kanchenjunga. She climbed with Carlos Carsolio. They started together at 3:30 am 5/12/92 from camp IV - 7950 meters. After about a dozen hours of climbing in a deep snow Carlos reached the top. He went down and met Wanda around 8200-8300 meters on the way down. She decided to stay there on a bivouac and started for the top the next day. She did not have food, anything for cooking, not equipment for bivouac. No one ever saw Wanda again... [From EverestNews.com]

 
A superb and profusely illustrated large format hardcover with dust jacket, New condition.

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