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UKC Articles - on 24 Feb 2012
Jerzy Kukuczka in base camp on the Annapurna winter expedition., 5 kbAn exclusive excerpt from Bernadette McDonald's book Freedom Climbers, winner of the 2011 Boardman Tasker Prize and the Grand Prize at the 2011 Banff Mountain Book Festival.

Now available in the UK in both paperback and ebook from Vertebrate Publishing.

Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=4467

Milesy - on 24 Feb 2012
Brilliant going to take a look for this on my lunch break :)
crabduck on 24 Feb 2012
In reply to UKC Articles: read the e-book - brilliant book. Waiting for the hardback version to come out as I want to see the colour plates in a decent size!
Henry Iddon - on 24 Feb 2012
In reply to UKC Articles:

Just got my copy - Bernadette is wonderful writer so I'm looking forward to turning the pages.
wspinacz32 - on 25 Feb 2012
Im going to read it...Kukuczka,Rutkiewicz,Kurtyka...people of Golden Age of polish climbing...Im polish myself,funny enough I started climbing when I moved to Wales. I know Snowdonia better then polish Tatras :)
In reply to wspinacz32:
> Kukuczka,Rutkiewicz,Kurtyka...people of Golden Age of polish climbing...Im polish myself,

Can you do us a pronunciation guide then please? :-) I've been reading these names since I started climbing over 20 years ago but still have no idea how to pronounce them!
wspinacz32 - on 25 Feb 2012
I have got no idea :):):) Kukuczka sounds like Koo-Koosh-kuh accent on the middle sylable. The others i need to think
pirog - on 25 Feb 2012
In reply to UKC Articles: "moj pionowy swiat"(my vertical world) by Jurek Kukuczka,the book which inspired all climbers from Poland
mloskot - on 25 Feb 2012
In reply to TobyA:
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> Can you do us a pronunciation guide then please?

I'll give it a try :)

1) Kukuczka -> Coocoochca

with "u" like "oo" in boot but shorter

http://mateusz.loskot.net/download/kukuczka.wma

2) Rutkiewicz -> Rootcievich

with "r" like long rolled French "r"
with "i" like in eat but shorter
with "e" like "e" in the name Elisabeth

http://mateusz.loskot.net/download/rutkiewicz.wma

3) Kurtyka -> Coortyca

with "u" like "oo" in boot but shorter
with "r" like long rolled French "r"
with "y" like in the word "itty bitty" or like "i" in word "big"

http://mateusz.loskot.net/download/kurtyka.wma

According to the IPA for Polish language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:IPA_for_Polish
In reply to mloskot: Fantastic! Thanks. :-)
The Bushman on 26 Feb 2012
In reply to UKC Articles:

the sometimes forgotten eastern block climbers were hard as nails. About time there is another book written by a westerner. I read Kukuczka maybe it was Kurtyka book and it was mad what they did. Eight thousanders in winter? or by new routes.
whistler - on 26 Feb 2012
In reply to UKC Articles:
Looks brilliant! Next stop - Amazon:)
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mloskot - on 31 Mar 2012
One of Polish news website published rare photos from private collection of Jerzy Kukuczka in Polish rocks, in Tatra Mountains as as in mountains abroad:

http://fakty.interia.pl/galerie/fakty/jerzy-kukuczka/zdjecie/duze,1131924,1,0

It's in polish, but navigation is easy: use arrows above top-right corner of photos or numbers below photos.

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