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Today in 1948, arguably the best high…

Today in 1948, arguably the best high...

Today in 1948, arguably the best high #altitude climber the world has ever known was born in #Poland. #Jerzy #Kukuczka was the second person – after #Reinhold #Messner – to climb all fourteen #8000-meter peaks, finishing them in 1987. Kukuczka, however, did many of them by new routes or in winter. Additionally, coming from Poland, his access to the #Himalaya was difficult; he and the “Freedom Climbers” often had to fund their expeditions by smuggling goods and traveling overland back and forth. Kukuczka died in a fall from the unclimbed South Face of #Lhotse in 1989. For more information on Jerzy and his #Polish climbing peers, read Freedom Climbers by Bernadette McDonald. | In this photo, taken from the summit of #Everest in 2003, 3 of the #8000m peaks are visible: Lhotse, #Makalu, and #Kanchenjunga. #bestmountainartists #Nepal #freedomclimbers #liveyouradventure #everydayasia #everydaynepal

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About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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