Piotr Pustelnik is a doctor of chemical engineering, researcher at the Faculty of Processing Engineering and Environment Protection, Technical University of Lodz. As the third Polish mountaineer he climbed all 14 8000ers, completing the Crown with sumitting Annapurna (8091 m) on 27 April 2010 at 13:45 local time. He achieved this as the third Pole in history, after Jerzy Kukuczka and Krzysztof Wielicki. Pustelnik created the unrealized project “Three Crowns” aiming to reach 14 highest peaks of the Himalayas and Karakoram next to the highest and the second highest summits of all continents.
The alumnus and a longtime member and president of the Academic Mountain Club in Lodz. Co-organizer of the Avalanche cross-country run and WOŚP (the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity) event in the “Samotnia” mountain hut.
Until 2007 he was editor-in-chief of the monthly mountain magazine “n.p.m.” In 2007 he received the Explorer Award, granted every year during the Explorers Festival in Łódź to the most outstanding discoverers and explorers. In 2006, together with Piotr Morawski, he was the finalist of the prestigious “Jedynka” Award (awarded by the climbing community), for the Himalayan Triptych – Cho Oyu, Annapurna East, Broad Peak. In March 2011 he received the “Super Kolos 2010” Award for completing the Crown of the Himalayas as the third Pole and the 20th climber in the world.
Since May 2016, the president of the Polish Mountaineering Association.
He is a graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology. He began climbing in the Tatras, then went on expeditions to Karakorum and the Himalayas. He has climbed Hagshu (Zanskar Himalayas – first ascent), Aconcagua, Mt McKinley, Ama Dablam, Gasherbrum II (1997 and 2006), Cho Oyu (2000), Lhotse (2001), Everest (2006), K2 (2011). He took part in winter expeditions to Nanga Parbat (1997/98), Makalu (2000/2001), K2 (2002/2003), Shisha Pangma (2003/2004 and 2004/2005) and Nanga Parbat (2006/2007). Filmmaker-amateur, makes his movies alone-from shooting to editing. The film about Anna Czerwińska “The Cases of Mrs Anna( 2001) won awards at numerous mountain film festivals. The material filmed by Darek during expeditions to Nanga Parbat and K2 has been used in films and television. His other movies: “Ciao Martina”, “Shisha in Winter”, “Everest”, “Move the Horizon”, “Annapurna in light style” and “Two on K2” were also awarded at many festivals. Most of his films were broadcast by the Planet channel.
Born in 1972. A professional photographer “for special tasks” with 20 years experience. An university teacher. He has taken photographs in all climate zones. A participant and organizer of climbing, exploration and scientific expeditions. For 15 years Marek has been a photographer of the National Geographic Poland, since 2014 engaged in Martyna Wojciechowska’s project “Woman at the End of the World”. He has been involved in the Ladek Festival since 1996. A trained architect and planner. He’s moving between continents, but when not at work, he lives with his family in the mountains, longing for Warsaw 😉
fot. Maciej Hnatiuk
The Łódź Film School graduate. Participated in numerous trips to Asia and Africa. Out of the passion for travelling and mountains grew a passion for films, both documentary and feature. From this combination merged the “Himalaiści”/”Himalayists” series which includes films awarded at festivals in Poland and abroad : “Karawana marzeń” / “The Caravan of Dreams”, “Ścieżka góry” / “The Route of the Mountains”, “Zerwana lina” / “Torn Line”, “Głód wspinaczki” / “The Climber’s Hunger”, “Życie jest za krótkie” / “Life is Too Short”, “Strefa śmierci” / “Death Zone”, “Wyprawy 1939-1980” / “Expeditions 1939-1980”, “Wyprawy 1980-1989” / “Expeditions 1980-1989”. Co-author of the documentary “Art Of Freedom” from the film series “Guide to the Poles “.
He also co-wrote the screenplay and produced the TVN feature films “Mój biegun” / “My Pole” and “Cisza” / “Silence” for the series “Prawdziwe historie” / “Real Histories”. The screenplay for “Silence” made it to the final of the 2009 edition of the Hartley- Merrill Script Competition. During travelling and at work, he values the “the harder, the better” principle.