Voytek Kurtyka is one of the greatest alpinists of all time. Born in 1947, he was one of the leading lights of the Polish golden age of mountaineering that redefined Himalayan climbing in the 1970s and 1980s.
His visionary approach to climbing resulted in many renowned ascents, such as the complete Broad Peak traverse, the ‘night-naked’ speed climbs of Cho Oyu and Shishapangma and, above all, the alpine-style first ascent of the West Face of Gasherbrum IV. Dubbed the ‘climb of the century’, his route on GIV with the Austrian Robert Schauer is – as of 2017 – unrepeated. His most frequent climbing partners were alpine legends of their time: Polish Himalayan giant Jerzy Kukuczka, Swiss mountain guide Erhard Loretan and British alpinist Alex MacIntyre.
Art of Freedom is a profound and moving profile of one of the international climbing world’s most respected, complex and reclusive mountaineers.
Limited-edition copies: Vertebrate will publish 200 numbered, cloth-bound hardback copies of Art of Freedom in late July 2017. These will be signed by Bernadette and they are sold on a first come, first served basis for £24 (inc. UK P&P). The general release edition of Art of Freedom will also be hardback (unsigned, standard case-bound) and will also have an RRP of £24 and will also be published in late July 2017. To pre-order a copy, visit https://tinyurl.com/ArtofFreedom.