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JERZY KUKUCZKA: MOI PIONOWY SWIAT [MY VERTICAL WORLD: CLIMBING THE 8000 METER PEAKS] Jerzy Kukuczka 1995 1st edition DJ Fine
By Kukuczka, Jerzy
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Warszawa, 1995, original Polish edition. 316 pp, 200 color photos. In Polish and English. Hardcover with dust jacket, Fine.

Large format hardcover, extra postage will be requested for Priority Mail or International Mail.

This is by far the nicest edition of Jerzy Kukuczka's book that has been published anywhere. It is a large format coffee table type book, produced by the Poles after they saw the worldwide recognition that Kukuczka was getting from his accomplishments. I believe the original Polish edition was in 1989, and was a poorly produced paperback.

After the book's success in the west, after the fall of Communism, and after Kukuczka's death in 1989, the Poles realized they had a true hero in Kukuczka who was worthy of a much better book. This fine book was produced after the success of the book in Poland and all over the world. We managed to obtain a copy in 1995, and have been hoarding it for 20 years. The text is in Polish, but the maps are in English and all 200 photo captions have English translations in the back of the book, along with a 2-page English biography of Kukuczka.
 
This is a large format hardcover with dust jacket, in Fine condition. The book is large and heavy, so extra postage will be requested for Priority Mail or International Mail.
 
Kukuczka was the second person to climb all 14 8000 meter peaks. Polish climber Jerzy Kukuczka’s incredible achievement of climbing all fourteen 8000-metre peaks in just eight years; and apart from Lhotse, either by a new route or first winter ascent - and on a very tight budget! Shortly after completing his autobiography the author was killed on Lhotse (ten years after first climbing it) whilst attempting the unclimbed South Face. For some, his achievement was greater than Messner's.

Reviewed by Arun Mahajan on The Sierra club page March, 2001

My Vertical World is Jerzy Kukuczka's autobiography, written in his native Polish. Even translated, the book reads like some heroic Norse saga with Jerzy striding through it like a doomed Odin.

In the beginning of the book, Reinhold Messner says of Jerzy, 'you are not second, you are great'. Great praise indeed for the second person, after Messner, to wear the 'Crown of the Himalaya', a title for those who have climbed to the top of all the fourteen 8000 meter peaks in the world, all in the Himalaya. Jerzy did them all and that too by either blazing new routes or in the winter, and always without supplemental oxygen.

The book is divided into chapters, the first, typical of Jerzy, it seems, describing his early days in Poland in a very brief manner. Then the next fourteen chapters describe his successful summit ascents to each of the 8000 meter peaks, from Lhotse, his first to Shish Pangma, his last.

The press played up the artificial race between him and Messner to be the first to do the 8000 m peaks. Jerzy is always humble and regards Messner as his superior. He is no jock mountaineer in search of glory, nor does he go into complex reasons that make him want to climb. He just seems to love to climb the high peaks, the Himalayas more than another.

Jerzy talks about being a young man desiring to travel to the far away Himalaya to climb. He describes the incredible privation and hardship that he had to undergo to scrounge money and food in the days of the Solidarity movement in Poland where he was in danger of being considered a food hoarder. However, all he was doing was salting away food for his next Himalayan trip. He talks about how he and his climbing friends would raise the precious zoltys by offering to paint rusting chimneys of factories and saving on the cost of scaffolding by using climbing ropes instead.

To me, the most incredible climbing done by Jerzy is his winter climb of Dhaulagiri. Here he describes his solo descent into a village in an unknown valley with feet rotting away from infection and frostbite. The villagers simply would not believe his story because no one had ever been in that valley before. Then without much rest, he met up with the Cho Oyu expedition and blazed a first winter ascent of Cho Oyu via the unclimbed South East Pillar.

A summary, in his own words, 'There is no answer in this book to the endless questions about the point of expeditions to the Himalayan giants. I never found a need to explain this. I went to the mountains and climbed them. That is all.”


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