Polish Himalayas – The First Conquerors. /Version english and polish/

The Polish assault on the Himalayas began on the 2nd of July 1939, when a team of four climbers put the white-and-red Polish flag on the virgin summit of Nanda Devi East (7434 meters above sea level).
That is how Poles began the bold charge on Asian seven- and eight-thousanders. They were the first to climb many peaks in winter; as for mountains which had already been conquered, Poles plotted out new routes, or climbed without oxygen, or extremely quickly – even in one day.

Jerzy Kukuczka lost the race for the first Crown of the Himalayas only “by one pitch”. His female compatriots promoted women’s Himalayan climbing, thus bringing feminism into the mountains.

Polish mountaineers often had to pay the ultimate price for their unique experiences, but they never quit.
“The Polish Himalayas” is a story of how people from the lowland country cut in half by the Vistula took possession of the highest mountains in the world.

The First Conquerors – The Beginning of an Extraordinary Story.

Polish Himalayan climbing begins with the mysterious and metaphysical story of Adam Karpiński, Stefan Bernadzikiewicz, Jakub Bujak and Jan Klarner, who were the first to be sent on an expedition into the faraway Himalayas. Polish Himalayas - The First Conquerors

Climbing Nanda Devi East (7434 meters above sea level) was a great success, however fate – or, as some will have it , the cruel goddess of death, Kali, the patron of the mountain – would not let any of the four mountaineers enjoy the victory for very long.

All of them died soon after: two in an avalanche, two in unexplained circumstances. Their bodies were never found and their graves are only symbolic.

Nanda Devi is a peak with a height of 7434 m above sea level, situated in the north of India. It was first in 1939 by Jakub Bujak and Janusz Klarner who were members of the first ever Polish expedition into the Himalayas.

The mountain is considered to be the most difficult Himalayan summit conquered before World War II. The first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Sherp Tenzig Norgay himself once admitted that it was in fact Nanda Devi that he believed was the most challenging mountain he had ever climbed.

That is how the story begins – as it unravels, things get even more unbelievable, mysterious, intriguing and moving…

* Books by Janusz Kurczab janusz kurczab

Creators of the film episode
“The First Conquerors”
Produced by: Artica Jerzy Porębski
Directed by: Anna Maria Filipow, Krzysztof Wielicki and Jen Sheroky
Screenplay by: Anna Maria Filipow, Krzysztof Wielicki and Jen Sheroky
Camera: Darek Załuski, Jen Sheroky and Jan Cybis
Edited by: Anna Maria Filipow
Music by: Bartek Gasiul
Production Manager: Agnieszka Strauss

* book in Polish, film in Polish with English subtitles
Where to buy:
Publisher: Agora SA
Bibioteka Gazety Wyborczej
available in kiosks or online at:
http://www.kulturalnysklep.pl
and
himal@himal.com.pl

* see : – http://www.polishhimalayas.com/

Nanda Devi East Expedition 2009 part 1 : Polish to celebrate 70th anniversary of first ascent.

Polskie Himalaje – Pierwsi zdobywcy.

Historii niezwykłej początek.

Historia polskiego himalaizmu zaczyna się od tajemniczej, metafizycznej, niezwykłej historii losów czwórki polskich wspinaczy – Adama Karpińskiego, Stefana Bernadzikiewicza, Jakuba Bujaka i Jana Klarnera – których kraj wysłał na pierwsza wyprawę w odległe himalaje.

Wejście na Nanda Devi East (7434 metrów n.p.m.) było wielkim sukcesem, jednak los lub jak niektórzy uważają okrutna bogini śmierci – Kali patronka tej góry, nie pozwoliła, żadnemu z czwórki śmiałków cieszyć się zwycięstwem do późnej starości. Wszyscy czterej zginęli szybko, dwaj pod lawiną, dwaj kolejni w tajemniczych okolicznościach. Ciał żadnego z czwórki nigdy nie odnaleziono ich groby sa tylko symbolicznymi mogiłami.

To początek historii polskich wspinaczy w himalajach, dalej jest tylko bardziej niezwykle, wzruszająco, tajemniczo i ciekawie.

* zobacz :

Nanda Devi East Expedition 2009 part 1 : Polish to celebrate 70th anniversary of first ascent.

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** zapraszam na relacje z wypraw polskich himalaistów.

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