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45 min
Jerzy Porebski (Polen)
Alpine Documentation
When & Where
Jerzy Kukuczka was one of the most outstanding Himalayan climbers in history, the second climber to ascend all 14 eight-thousand metre peaks. Meanwhile a legend, he lost his life in the Himalayas 22 years ago. Why was he exceptional? What was his contribution to the history of climbing? What do his family and other high altitude climbers think about him? Can Kukuczka be a paragon for other climbers today? Mountains - a realm of adventure or an area of commerce?

Lobende Erwähnung 2012

This is a long overdue hommage to one of the giants of Himalayan climbing, Poland’s Jurek Kukuczka who completed the fourteen 8000m peaks within eight years - mostly by new routes and in winter. Paradoxically, he was less well-known than others, being an unassuming man at heart. Rather than rely on archive footage, the film offers an opportunity to his family and friends to reveal his quiet character, and his energy and drive.