Art of Freedom: The life and climbs of Voytek Kurtyka by Bernadette McDonald

By Bernadette McDonald

Voytek Kurtyka is without doubt one of the maximum alpinists of all time. Born in 1947, he was once one of many prime lighting fixtures of the Polish golden age of hiking that redefined Himalayan climbing within the Seventies and 1980s.

His visionary method of mountain climbing led to many popular ascents, resembling the whole Broad Peak traverse, the ‘night-naked’ pace climbs of Cho Oyu and Shishapangma and, certainly, the alpine-style first ascent of the West Face of Gasherbrum IV. Dubbed the ‘climb of the century’, his course on GIV with the Austrian Robert Schauer is – as of 2017 – unrepeated. His such a lot common hiking companions have been alpine legends in their time: Polish Himalayan massive Jerzy Kukuczka, Swiss mountain advisor Erhard Loretan and British alpinist Alex MacIntyre.

After repeated requests to simply accept the Piolets d’Or Lifetime success Award (the Oscars of the hiking world), Kurtyka ultimately authorised the respect within the spring of 2016. A fiercely deepest person, he has declined numerous invites for interviews, lectures and competition appearances, yet he has agreed to collaborate with across the world well known and award-winning writer Bernadette McDonald in this long-awaited biography.

Art of Freedom is a profound and relocating profile of 1 of the overseas hiking world’s Most worthy, complicated and reclusive mountaineers.

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