In cooperation with the Embassy of Republic of Poland in Skopje, we are honored to announce that we are translating into Macedonian language and publishing the book:
"Art of Freedom - The Life and Climbs of Voytek Kurtika" by Bernadette McDonald
This book is a profound and moving biography of one of the international climbing world’s most respected, complicated and reclusive mountaineers.
Voytek Kurtyka remains one of the greatest alpinists of all time. Born in 1947, he was one of the leading lights of the Polish golden age of Himalayan climbing. 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 ascent of the West Face of Gasherbrum IV. Dubbed the “climb of the century,” his route on G IV, as of 2016, has yet to be repeated. His most frequent climbing partners were alpine legends of their time: Polish Himalayan climber Jerzy Kukuczka, Swiss mountain guide Erhard Loretan and British alpinist Alex MacIntyre.
After repeated requests to accept the Piolet d’Or lifetime achievement award (the Academy Award of the climbing world), Kurtyka finally accepted the honour in the spring of 2016. A fiercely private individual, he continues to decline countless invitations for interviews, lectures and festival appearances, but agreed to co-operate with internationally renowned and award winning Canadian author Bernadette McDonald on this long-awaited biography.