MEET OUR LEADER - Ryszard Pawłowski

Born in Poland in 1950. Zodiacal Cancer, but Tiger according to the Chinese horoscope, Engineer electrician, alpine instructor, mountain guide.

He participated in more than 300 expeditions to different mountains of the World as a participant or organiser. He conquered 11 8- thousanders, among other K2 (8,611 m) by the Northern Pillar from the Chinese side. He is the only Pole who stood on the top of Mt Everest (8,848 m) five times. He made it to the summits by difficult climbing routes in different regions of the World. He was the climbing partner of Jerzy Kukuczka, Adam Zyzak, Piotr Pustelnik, Janusz Majer, Krzysztof Wielicki, Victor Sounders, Henry Todd and many other famous Himalayan mountaineers. 

Ryszard Pawłowski is a member of the prestigious The Explorers Club in New York, an association which gathers around 3,000 discoverers and explorers from a few dozen countries from all continents.

Ryszard Pawłowski received a number of prizes and awards in the field of photography and documentary film. Pawłowski's films have been shown during Mountain Festivals and on television. He received three times prizes and awards from the Minister of Sport for Outstanding Sport Achievements. He trains young alpine adepts, organises expeditions, and he gives lectures on mountain subjects. He is still active despite the 40 years of mountaineering experience.

He organised and led expeditions for disabled sportsmen to Alaska, Africa, Patagonia within the Crown of Hope program.

Ryszard is a record bearer among the conquerors of the World's tallest mountains. He stood five times on Mount Everest. He got to the summit of Aconcagua 33 times, Ama Dablam, Nepal's holy mountain 28 times and Elbrus in Russia 34 times.  So far he climbed nine times to the top of Mt. McKinley, highest mountain in North America. He also conquered the World's most difficult mountain - K2 from the Chinese side. The owner of these records, Ryszard Pawłowski, worked solidly to achieve them.

He has a 34 year old son Marcin and an 15 year old daughter Marta. (read more about Rysiek...)



Mount Everest (8848m) - 1994: trough the South Pass, Nepal; 1995,1999,2012,2014: through the North Pillar, Tibet
K2 (8611m) - 1996: through the North Pillar, China
Lhotse (8516m) - 1994: through the West Wall, Nepal
Cho-Oyu (8201m) – 2000, 2005: the Himalayas, Tibet
Nanga Parbat (8125m) - 1993: through the Diamir Wall, Pakistan
Annapurna I (8091) - 1991: through the South Wall, Nepal
Hidden Peak (8068m) - 1997: through the Japanese Culuar, Pakistan
Broad Peak (8047m) - 1984: Karakorum, Pakistan
Gasherbrum II (8035m) - 2003: Karakorum Pakistan
Shisha Pangma Middle (8008m) 2001: the Himalayas, Tibet                                                                    Manaslu (8156m) - 2017: The Himalayas, Nepal



The Caucasus - first Polish passages
Uszba (4700 m) - Chergiani's route through the "Mirror"
Uszba - Gishchenko's route
Uszba - route through the "Cross"
Czatyn (4600 m) - Chernoslivin's route through the "Rhomb"


Pik Kommunizma (Communism Peak) (7483 m) - through Pik Izvestii - Alpine style, 1981
Muztagh Ata (7546 m) - China - ascent and descent on skis - 1st Polish climb, 1998


Monte Fitz Roy (3440 m) - Argentina - French and Argentinian path - 1st Polish pass
Aguja Poincenot(3036 m) - Don Whillans' route - 1st Polish pass


Torres del Paine - Chile
Central Pyramid (2460 m) - Bonington's route - 1st Polish ascent
Northern Pyramid (2260 m) - Piola and Sprungli's route - 1st Polish ascent


The Tatra Mountains - winter passes
"Superściek" - Kazalnica - lone pass
"Ściek - Kazalnica - lone pass (4 days)
"Superściek" - One day pass (23 hours)
"Kant Wielkiego Zacięcia" - Kazalnica - first repeat and pass without rigging


Yosemite - California, USA
El Capitan - route through the "Nose" - 1st Polish pass - 1980
Half Dome - Royal Robbins' route - 1st Polish pass - 1980
Cathedral - Central Pillar of Frenzy - 1999
El Capitan - East Buttres - 1999
Sentinel Rock - Steck - Salathé - 1980



Mount McKinley (6194 m) – 9 ascents
Mendenhall Towers – new route and 1st pass through the North Wall


The Alps
Mont Blanc (4807m) - Central Pillar of Freney -direttissima - 1st Polish ascent                                    Petit Dru (3733m) - the Bonatti pillar                                                                                                        Petit  Jorasses (3649m) - Anouk  - 1st Polish ascent                                                                                                              


Southern Alps (New Zeland)

Mount Cook (3764m) - 1st Polish Ascent
Mount Dampier (3440m) - 1st Polish Ascent


The Andes
Aconcagua (6962m) – 33 ascents including 3 ascents through the East Wall
Pirámide de Garcilaso (6030m) – Peru – new route, 1st Polish ascent
Agucha Nevada (5840 m) – Peru – new route
Huandoy East (6120 m) – Peru - 1st Polish ascent
Cotopaxi (5970 m) – Ecuador – 2 ascents


The Himalayas – Garhwal
Rishi Kot - new route through the North wall - First Polish ascent, 1979


Hindu Kush – Afghanistan - 1977
Akher Chioh (7020m)
Kohi-Urgend (7038m) – new route
Kohi-Tez (7016m)


The Himalayas - Nepal
Langtang Lirung  (7245m) - First Polish ascent, 1982
Pumori (7145m) - two ascents, 1993
Ama Dablam (6856) - 28 ascents
Island Peak (6856) - 35 ascents
Lhotse - South Wall, two times achieving the altitude of 8,000m (1985 and 1989)
Makalu - achieving the altitude of 7,400m in winter (1990/1991)
Makalu (8463m) - achieving the altitude of 8,300m (2002)
Nanga Parbat (8125m) achieving the altitude of 7,000m in winter (1996/1997 and 1997/1998)
Manaslu (8156m) - achieving the altitude of 7000m (2013)


The Caucasus 
Mount Elbrus (5642m) – 34 ascents (including winter ascents)


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