On 12th September a briefing for
participants of HiMountain Dhaulagiri Expedition 2006 took place in the
HiMountain headquarters. The meeting was attended by expedition participants
Sylwia Bukowicka and Ryszard Pawlowski as well as HiMountain representatives
Artur Hajzer (equipment, logistics), Witek Bąk (satellite communications) and
Grażyna Spałek (PR). The preparations included testing satellite
communications system BEGAN-Thuraya, which will be used during the expedition.
The system will enable the expedition participants to send current information
together with photographic documentation of the progress of the expedition,
which will make it possible for us to present information about the climbing
achievements of Rysiek and Sylwia in our news service concerning the
expedition. During the meeting sports clothes were tried on for the last time,
the essential mountaineering equipment was selected and the expedition
participants were trained in how to use it...
A photo of Dhaulagiri with the sketched route:
photo Radek Jaros
photo S.Sajkowski, P.Wisniewski (www.gorzowianie.art.pl)
Following a series of extraordinary successes of Polish
women climbers in 2006, in the world's highest mountains, it's now time for
Sylwia Bukowicka - a young, talented Himalayan mountaineer from Gorzów
Let's recap: on 18th May Martyna Wojciechowska(32l) set her
foot on the top of Mt. Everest (8848m), on 25th May Anna Czerwińska(56l)
succeeded in climbing Makalu (8463m) as the first Polish woman climber, on
22nd July Kinga Baranowska(31l) conquered Broad Peak (8047m), and on 27th July
Tamara Styś(29l) was on the peak of Gasherbrum II (8035m).
All in all, so far Polish Himalayan mountaineers have
summitted eightthousanders 23 times in 2006. Such a vast number of Polish
expeditions to the Himalayas has not been recorded for a long time and the
year 2006 is already the top year in the whole history of Polish Himalayan
mountaineering. A majority of these expeditions have been performed with the
support of HiMountain, either in terms of equipment or the essentials and it
has been Himalayan mountaineers (male or female) from the elite HiMountain
Team who have done many of the climbs themselves.
Sylwia Bukowicka has selected Dhaulagiri (8167m) as her
target and she is planning to attack it this autumn. "HiMountain Dhaulagiri
Expedition" is going to leave the country on 19th September and will continue
until the end of October. Dhaulagiri is one of the last three eightthousanders
(apart from Kangchenjunga and Manaslu), which have not yet been conquered by
any Polish woman climber. And so, Sylwia will do her best to become the first
one to achieve this and has an opportunity to earn her place in the history of
Polish Himalayan mountaineering.
Sylwia Bukowicka is only 28, yet she is already among the
top Polish representatives of this sports discipline. She has summitted two
eightthousanders: Cho Oyu and Gasherbrum II. She has also conquered Ama
Dablam, Alpamayo, and Khan Tengri. Sylwia has spent August 2006 aclimatizing
and doing the final brush up of her form in the Pamir mountains - on 9th
August she summitted Korzeniewska Peak (7105m) - it is also there where Sylwia
wants to "test" and "come to terms with" her sprained ankle - which has been
hurting her for several weeks.
The organizer and leader of the expedition is Ryszard
Pawłowski (HiMountain Team), a participant of over 150 expeditions, who has
conquered Mt Everest three times and summitted eightthousanders well over ten
times. The full list of participants has not been finalized yet.
The expedition will be climbing along the route of the first
summiteers on the east side.
Dhaulagiri was conquered for the first time in 1960 by a
Swiss expedition with the participation of Polish climbers Jerzy Hajdukiewicz
and Adam Skoczylas. Among the summiteers were:
K. Diemberger, P. Diener, M. Dorji, E. Forrer, N. Dorji, A. Schelbert.
The first and so far the only Dhaulagiri winter climb was
done by Poles: Jerzy Kukuczka and Andrzej Czok in 1985.
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