Krzysztof Wielicki

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Krzysztof Wielicki
2018 - Pol’and’Rock Festival - Krzysztof Wielicki 02.jpg
Krzysztof Wielicki on the Pol'and'Rock Festival 2018
Personal information
NationalityPolish
Born (1950-01-05) 5 January 1950 (age 68)
Szklarka Przygodzicka, Polish People's Republic
Climbing career
Known forFirst to climb Mount Everest, Kangchenjunga, and Lhotse in the winter

Krzysztof Wielicki (born January 5, 1950 in Szklarka Przygodzicka, municipality Ostrzeszów, Poland) is a Polish alpine and high-altitude climber, regarded as one of the greatest Polish climbers in history. He is the fifth man to climb all fourteen eight-thousanders and the first ever to climb Mount Everest, Kangchenjunga, and Lhotse in the winter. He is a member of The Explorers Club. He was awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 2003, for his outstanding achievements in alpinism and for popularizing the sport of climbing. In 2018, he received jointly with Reinhold Messner the Princess of Asturias Award in the category of Sports.

Major ascents[edit]

Year Mountain Height (in metres) Remarks
1980 Mount Everest 8848 First winter ascent of an 8000-meter peak (with Leszek Cichy)
1984 Broad Peak 8051 First one-day ascent of an 8000-meter peak (solo)
1984, 1992 Manaslu 8163 New route on the South-South-East Face
1986 Kangchenjunga 8586 First winter ascent of Kangchenjunga (with Jerzy Kukuczka)
1986 Makalu 8485 Alpine style
1988 Lhotse 8516 First winter ascent of Lhotse (solo)
1990 Dhaulagiri 8167 New route, solo expedition
1991 Annapurna Massif 8091 Bonington route
1993 Cho Oyu 8201 Polish route
1993 Shishapangma 8027 New route on the South Face, solo expedition, in 24 hours
1995, 2006 Gasherbrum II 8035 Solo expedition
1995 Gasherbrum I 8080 Alpine style
1996 K2 8611 Japanese route
1996 Nanga Parbat 8126 Kinshofer route, solo expedition

In 2017, the International Astronomical Union approved the name of asteroid discovered by Vincenzo Silvano Casulli as 173094 Wielicki in honour of the Polish climber.

See also[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
New Zealand national rugby union team
Princess of Asturias Award for Sports
(with Reinhold Messner)

2018
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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