Published on 2022/05/25
“I believe that mine was an entire generation who really wanted to leave their name written in the history of mountaineering.
It was also a historical paradox that it was precisely in hard times for politics and society that we were able to obtain the greatest results and incredible moments of success that allowed us to write our name in history”.
Subtitles available in English, Italian and French.
* For our Italian friends: Krisztof’s latest book, "Krzysztof Wielicki – Frammenti di alpinismo", published by Priuli & Verlucca, translated by Luca Calvi is out in the bookstores now!
Krzysztof Wielicki was born in Poland on 5th January 1950, and he graduated in electronics.
On 17th February 1980, with Leszek Chichy, he made the first winter ascent of Everest (8848m). It was the first winter ascent of an 8000m peak.
In 1986, with Jerzy Kukuczka, he made the first winter ascent of Kangchenjunga (8586m).
In 1988 he made the first winter ascent of Lhotse (8516m), solo. It is the only solo first winter ascent of an 8000m peak.
In 1996, by climbing Nanga Parbat (8126m), he became the 5th man to climb all 14 8000m peaks.
In 2019, he received the Piolet d'Or Lifetime Achievement Award.