Gdyby to nie był Everest...

Leszek Cichy
Piotr Trybalski

After the world’s tallest mountain was first conquered in 1953, for many years it did not even enter anyone’s head to try a winter ascent. That was until February 1980, when two Poles stood on the roof of the world. One of them was Leszek Cichy, the author of words which have gone down in the history of climbing: “If Everest were not there I don’t suppose we’d have made the ascent.” At the turn of the 1970s and 80s, Polish Himalayan climbers were peerless. Though they had no gear (Krzysztof Wielicki climbed in welding glasses) or money for their expeditions (the cost of one expedition at the time was 200,000 dollars, while the average annual salary in Poland was 500 dollars), their only limit was their imagination – and this was the stuff of legend. This book by Cichy and Trybalski is a tale of tackling the Himalayas in a different epoch, when it was a challenge only the best could take. Today, when amateurs line up to conquer the summit, it is difficult to conceive the huge sacrifice and heroism of those feats, and without this, we cannot understand the passion that drove those people on. Luckily, we still have their stories. 

Release date: 2020
Pages: 444
ISBN: 978-83-08-06981-3


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As If It Were Not Everest…

Leszek Cichy
Piotr Trybalski

After the world’s tallest mountain was first conquered in 1953, for many years it did not even enter anyone’s head to try a winter ascent. That was until February 1980, when two Poles stood on the roof of the world. One of them was Leszek Cichy, the author of words which have gone down in the history of climbing: “If Everest were not there I don’t suppose we’d have made the ascent.” At the turn of the 1970s and 80s, Polish Himalayan climbers were peerless. Though they had no gear (Krzysztof Wielicki climbed in welding glasses) or money for their expeditions (the cost of one expedition at the time was 200,000 dollars, while the average annual salary in Poland was 500 dollars), their only limit was their imagination – and this was the stuff of legend. This book by Cichy and Trybalski is a tale of tackling the Himalayas in a different epoch, when it was a challenge only the best could take. Today, when amateurs line up to conquer the summit, it is difficult to conceive the huge sacrifice and heroism of those feats, and without this, we cannot understand the passion that drove those people on. Luckily, we still have their stories. 

Release date: 2020
Pages: 444
ISBN: 978-83-08-06981-3