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NEW! THE LEGEND OF JERZY KUKUCZKA: THE 8000M PEAKS 2022 1st ed Softcover Fine
By Kukuczka, Jerzy
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2022, 1st edition. 49 pp, 18 b/w, 3 color photos on cover. In English. Tall new softcover. Back cover was bent at corner in transit, else Fine.

A new celebration of the climbs of Jerzy Kukuczka, the great Polish Mountaineer. This is a print on demand book, no author stated in the book, not the greatest book ever written, but it is in good English and tells the story of Kukuczka's climbs of the 14 8000m peaks. 

Józef Jerzy Kukuczka, born on 24th March 1948 in Katowice, Poland was an alpine and high-altitude climber. His family origin is Silesian Goral. On 18th September 1987, he became the second man after Reinhold Messner to climb all 14 of the world’s 8000m peaks; a feat which took him less than 8 years to achieve. 

He’s the only mountaineer who’s climbed two 8000ers in one winter, having scaled four 8000ers in winter, including 3 as first ascents. Along with Tadeusz Piotrowski, Kukuczka established a new route on K2 in alpine style, named the ‘Polish Line’, which remains unrepeated. (All of Nims Purja's climbs used oxygen, and were done in the summer and early fall, except for his K2 winter ascent.) 

Jerzy Kukuczka is widely considered within the mountaineering community to be one of the best high-altitude climbers in history. He ascended all fourteen eight-thousanders in just seven years, 11 months and 14 days; he held the world record for shortest time span to summit the eight-thousanders for nearly 27 years until May 2014 when Kim Chang-ho beat his mark by one month and eight days.

Unlike many prominent high-altitude climbers of his time, the routes Kukuczka chose on the Himalayan giants were usually original, many of them first ascents and often done in the grip of winter wind and cold. During his career, Kukuczka established ten new routes on the eight-thousanders (still a record) and climbed four of these peaks in winter. He was one of an elite group of Polish Himalayan mountaineers (called Ice Warriors), who specialized in winter ascents.

In an era in Poland where even the most basic foods were scarce, Kukuczka was able to successfully mount and equip numerous expeditions to far-flung mountain ranges. Usually pressed for cash and equipment, he painted factory chimneys by rope access (industrial climbing) to earn precious złotys to finance his mountaineering dreams.




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