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. Piotr is in the Jury for Film Competition at our Festival.