Jerzy Kukuczka – Tribute to a Himalayan Giant

Polish climber Jerzy Kukuczka would have turned 64 today. To me, he was the ultimate athlete, the real thing. His mental toughness was legendary even among the finest climbers in the world. “Jurek”‘s list of mountaineering achievements is arguably the most impressive in history (from Wikipedia): 1979 — Lhotse – West Face, Normal Route. 1980 — Mount Everest –…

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