Krzysztof Wielicki - Festiwal Górski 2017 w Lądku-Zdroju
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22nd edition of Ladek Mountain Festival – the oldest and the biggest event of its kind in Poland – is history now. Go to our social media profiles to get a glimpse of the emotions and great moments that we shared during those 4 days of September.

Krzysztof Wielicki

Krzysztof Wielicki (born January 5, 1950 in Szklarka Przygodzicka, municipality Ostrzeszów, Poland)- a Polish alpine and high-altitude climber. He is the fifth man worldwide who completed the Crown of the Himalayas and the Karakoram range.
Three of them: He made first winter ascents of three of them: Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and Lhotse. He climbed Lhotse solo, on New Year’s Eve, wearing a corset prescribed for him after damaging the spine in the mountains. He “ran up” Broad Peak solo in one day (the world’s first ever one-day ascent of a thousander form base camp ). He made a solo ascent of Dhaulagiri (in 16 hours) and Shishapangma, setting new routes. No one accompanied him when climbing the top of Gasherbrum II. The only witnesses of his solo ascent of Nanga Parbat, one of the biggest walls on Earth, were Pakistani shepherds watching his feat from distant meadows. He took part in several expeditions to K2. It was only during the fourth one, in the summer of 1996, that his perseverance was rewarded – he climbed the mountain through the North Pillar, together with two Italian climbers. After the bivouac close to the summit, the descent turned into a dramatic but fortunately completed action of bringing down the extremely exhausted Italian. Two other Polish climbers who also attempted K2 at that time- Piotr Pustelnik and Ryszard Pawłowski took part in the rescue. In 1996 he received the Giant title awarded by the Poznań branch of Gazeta Wyborcza.
He organized a winter expedition to K2 (Netia K2- Polish Winter Expedition 2002-2003) which, however, did not reach the top. At the turn of 2006/2007 he made another winter attempt to climb a thousander, this time Nanga Parbat, but due to extreme weather conditions the whole team had to withdraw. In 2013 he led the expedition the aim of which was the first winter ascent of Broad Peak. On March 5, 2013 the summit was reached by Adam Bielecki, Artur Malek, Maciej Berbeka and Tomasz Kowalski (the latter two died during the descent).
In 2000 he won the prestigious Explorers International Award (its motto: Explorare Ausis-Those Who Have the Courage to Explore) during Explorers Festival in Łódź. Krzysztof Wielicki is a member of The Explorers Club. In 2001, this nearly 100-year-old association awarded the alpinist, as the first Pole, with the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award. In 2005-2007 he was a member of the Climbing Awards Chapter “Jedynka”.