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JERZY KUKUCZKA

Jerzy Kukuczka was born in 1948 in Katowice. He died tragically in 1989 while trying to conquer the legendary southern wall of Lhotse, unreachable for any climber at the time. He is considered the greatest climber in history by many theoreticians. The most recognizable of his feats is the capture of the Crown of the Himalayas and Karakoram. He did this as the second man in the world. However, this was not the essence of his high altitude activities. First of all, the most valuable feature of Kukuczka’s achievements was a pioneering and innovative approach to himalaism. Of the fourteen eighteen thousand peaks constituting the Crown of the Himalayas, ten have climbed new routes, climbed four peaks first in winter, thirteen without oxygen, seven in alpine style, and one alone. He reached all the peaks in half the time of his predecessor – Reinhold Messner.
Although Kukuczka’s tragic death took place many years ago, his character remains alive. His person constantly appears in the media, new books, articles, films and diploma theses are created. In the environment of climbers, he is often mentioned during mountain festivals, lectures, meetings. Several streets of Polish cities and the Katowice housing estate were named after him. He also became the patron of many schools and the University of Physical Education in Katowice. There is no doubt that Jerzy Kukuczka is a character who has permanently entered the history of Polish sport and, despite the passage of time, remains alive and valued.
On the way to the Himalayan peaks Kukuczka was accompanied by excellent partners such as Wojtek Kurtyka, Artur Hajzer, Andrzej Czok, Krzysztof Wielicki, Tadeusz Piotrowski, Andrzej Zyga Heinrich, Tadeusz Piotrowski and Carlos Carsolio.

Korona Himalajów i Karakorum

  • Lhotse, 04/10/1979. The summit was conquered by Jerzy Kukuczka, Andrzej Czok, Zygmunt Andrzej Heinrich and Janusz Skorek.
  • Mount Everest, 19/05/1980. The summit was conquered by Jerzy Kukuczka and Andrzej Czok.
  • Makalu, 15/10/1981 The summit was won by: Jerzy Kukuczka.
  • Broad Peak, 30/07/1982 The summit was conquered by Jerzy Kukuczka and Wojciech Kurtyka.
  • Gasherbrum II, 01/07/1983 The summit was conquered by Jerzy Kukuczka and Wojciech Kurtyka.
  • Gasherbrum I, 23/07/1983 The summit was conquered by Jerzy Kukuczka and Wojciech Kurtyka. 
  • Dhaulagiri, 21/01/1985 The summit was conquered by Jerzy Kukuczka and Andrzej Czok.
  • Chu Oyu, 15/02/1985 The summit was conquered by: Jerzy Kukuczka, Zygmunt Andrzej
  • Nanga Parbat, 13/07/1985 The summit was conquered by: Jerzy Kukuczka, Carlos Carsolio, Zygmunt Andrzej Heinrich and Sławomir Łobodziński.
  • Kanghenjunga, 11/01/1986 The summit was conquered by Jerzy Kukuczka and Krzysztof Wielicki.
  • K2, 07/07/1986. The summit was conquered by Jerzy Kukuczka and Tadeusz Piotrowski.
  • Manaslu, 10/11/1986 The summit was conquered by Jerzy Kukuczka and Artur Hajzer.
  • Annapurna, 03/02/1987 The summit was conquered by Jerzy Kukuczka and Artur Hajzer.
  • Shisha Pangma,18/09/1987. The summit was conquered by Jerzy Kukuczka and Artur Hajzer.