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glassgowkiss

End of Golden Era

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Looks like one of the last members of the "Golden Era" of polish alpinism from the 70's and 80's just died on G1. Artur Hajzer is presumed dead. He was Kukuczka's partner from the attempt on South Face of Lhotse, when Kukuczka died after his rope snapped. He was one of the few remaining active members of the "art of suffering" group. Looks like his luck have run out- RIP.

P.S.- he climbed 7 out of 14 8000m peaks, some of them in winter, all without oxygen.

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wise sir do not grieve

it is always better to avenge dear ones

than to indulge in mourning

for every one of us living in this world

means waiting for our end

let he who can achieve glory before death

when a warrior is gone that

will be his best and only bulwark

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Artur Hajzer is presumed dead. He was Kukuczka's partner from the attempt on South Face of Lhotse, when Kukuczka died after his rope snapped.

 

Unfortunately, it appears to be true that Artur Hajzer has passed away at 51 years of age. Still, so much climbing ahead of him, but it was not to be...

 

http://www.planetmountain.com/english/News/shownews1.lasso?l=2&keyid=41046

 

For the record, Artur Hajzer was not Kukuczka's partner when he was killed on the S Face of Lhotse. That was Ryszard Pawlowski.

 

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Doug, you are correct- he was with Kukuczka on Annapurna.

To correct Planet Mountain the story is:

both climbers were descending. There was a text message sent from Hajzer's phone to Hajzer's wife with message that Kaczkan (Haizer's partner) fell in Japanese couloir. Turns out it was sent from the base by (probably) the cook. In reality both were descending in windy conditions. Kaczkan looked up and saw Hajzer tumbling down. He saw him stopping about 500m below. Kaczkan descended to the place where Hajzer stopped and saw his partner was dead. The confusion about Kaczkan's fall is due to the text message sent from Hajzer's phone, but this information turns out inaccurate.

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