Anna Okopinska - Festiwal Górski 2019 w Lądku-Zdroju
  • pl
  • en

Welcome to the 24rd edition of Ladek Mountain Festival – the greatest and oldest Polish event of this kind. 2019 edition will be held from the 19th to 22nd of September. Piolets d’Or 2019 Awards Ceremony will take place during the Festival. As usual the event will offer many film screenings as well as the meetings with great climbers and mountaineers. Save the date!

Anna Okopinska

(born October 31, 1948) a climber and mountaineer, physicist, professor of Physical Sciences.
Climbed for the first time in 1966. In the Tatras she has climbed many difficult routes, including Hokejka on the west face of Lomnický Stit (September 4, 1969, with Andrzej Mierzejewski) and the route through the Vodopad on the north face of Maly Kezmarsky Stit (4-5 January 1974, with Andrzej Czok and Miroslaw Krawczyk). Between August 15 and 23, 1970 with Danuta Szelenbaum-Cielecka she made the first female ascent of the High Tatras ridge.
In the 1970s she also climbed in higher mountains. In the Caucasus, together with Zbigniew Laskowski, Andrzej Skłodowski and Aleksander Warm, she set a new route on the south pillar of Giermogieniow Peak (6-7 July 1976), and a year later climbed the north face of Ullu Tau Chan through the Board in a female team with Halina Krüger-Syrokomska and Dobrosława Miodowicz-Wolf (July 7, 1977). Her greatest achievements in the Alps include the ascents of Kuffner route on Mont Maudit (August 25, 1976, with Krüger-Syrokomska and Alison Chadwick-Onyszkiewicz), as well as the Brenva Spur on Mont Blanc (4 July 1981, with Halina Krüger-Syrokomska).
She has many important successes in high mountains. In 1972 she climbed Korzhenevskaya Peak (7105 m a.s.l, the first Polish female ascent) and the Communism Peak (today’s Ismoil Somani Peak, 7495 m), setting a Polish women’s altitude record. In 1974 she participated in a winter expedition to Lhotse, where she reached the altitude of 7100 m. A year later she took part in a women’s expedition to Gasherbrums, led by Wanda Rutkiewicz. On August 12, 1975 along with Halina Krüger-Syrokomska she reached the top of the Gasherbrum II (8034 m) via the route of the first successful climbers from Austria. This was the fifth ascent of the peak, a women’s altitude record in Poland and Europe, as well as the first ascent of an eight-thousander done by an independent female team. In 1978 she participated in an expedition to Makalu (reaching the altitude of 7100 m), and in 1982 in a female expedition to K2 where she also reached 7100 m and climbed the nearby pass -Skyang La (6233 m.).
She was active in the Mountaineering Club in Warsaw as a member of the Sports Commission (1976-79) and the Audit Committee (1979-82). She was awarded a gold and silver medal for “outstanding sports achievements” and the Award of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for promoting Poland across the world (1975, along with her colleagues from the expedition to Gasherbrums). She is an honorary member of the Polish Mountaineering Association.