Wednesday 16th of May | 7:00 p.m. | Luna
Debate with professional alpinists: Jerzy Natkański and Marcin Kaczkan – “WINTER K2 – A script 30 years in writing”
after the screening of “Holy Mountain” by Reinhold Messner
In Polish only Partner: Jerzy Kukuczka Polish Mountaineering Support Foundation
We will have a conversation about national Polish efforts to conquer K2 mountain and the 30th anniversary of the first excursion to K2 by Andrzej Zawada. What do the mountains mean to us and why do we climb them? Why do they fascinate some of us so much so that we risk our lives climbing them? After the film “Holy Mountain” we will have a debate about the famous 1979 trip to one of the most beautiful peaks of the Himalayas: 6,828 meters Ama Dablam in Nepal.
The debate will include:
Jerzy Natkański – mountain climber and president of the Jerzy Kukuczka Polish Alpinism Support Foundation. He is also associated with the Warsaw High-mountain Club. He climbed Gasherbrum II (1997) and Broad Peak (2007). Participant in many mountain climbing excursions, among them Dhaulagiri, winter Nanga Parbat led by Andrzej Zawada, winter Makalu (2000/2001) and winter Netia-K2 (2002/2003). Together with Dariusz Załuski he was the first to climb Borondo Sar (6800 m) in Karakorum.
Marcin Kaczkan – member of the Warsaw High-mountain Club, he works as an lecturer at the Warsaw University of Technology. He owns the title of “Śnieżna Pantera” (“Snow Panther”) for climbing a all of 7000m tall mountains of the former USSR. He participated in many winter excursions: Broad Peak 2010/2011 and Netia K-2 2003, where together with Denis Urubko and Piotr Morawski he achieved a winter altitude record of K2. In 2010 he climbed to the top of Nanga Parbat on his own. He participated in the summer excursions to K2. In 2014 he happily climbed K2 in the summer, while also fighting to climb the mountain in the winter during the national, winter excursion to the top of K2 in the year 2017/2018.