Courage and determination
Ryszard Pawłowski (born 1950), in his over 40-year career has repeatedly been marked by great courage and determination in pursuing his goal. He climbed 11 eight-thousand-meter peaks (including K2 – 8611 metres above sea level). As the only Pole he climbed Mount Everest five times (8848 metres above sea level), where he spent the night on a rock shelf in the death zone (area lying more than 8000 metres above sea level – a person is not able to survive there long because of hypoxia causing lung and brain edema). He is the world record holder at the entrance to Ama Dablam (6856 metres above sea level), where he was 28 times. He organized and made over 300 trips to the high mountains. He belongs to the prestigious association “The Explorers Club”, which brings together about 3,000 explorers and researchers from around the world. He was a climbing partner of Jerzy Kukuczka, Adam Zyzak, Piotr Pustelnik, Janusz Majer, Krzysztof Wielicki and other famous climbers.