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Bernadette McDonald - Art of Freedom - The Life and Climbs of Voytek Kurtyka

Join award winning author Bernadette McDonald as she examines the life of one of the greatest alpinists of our time, Voytek Kurtyka.

About 'Art of Freedom - The Life and Climbs of Voytek Kurtyka':

Bernadette McDonald's new book Art of Freedom, is a profound and moving profile of one of the international climbing world’s most respected, complex and reclusive mountaineers. 

Voytek Kurtyka is one of the greatest alpinists of all time. Born in 1947, he was one of the leading lights of the Polish golden age of mountaineering that redefined Himalayan climbing in the 1970s and 1980s.

A fiercely private individual, he has declined countless invitations for interviews, lectures and festival appearances, but agreed to collaborate with internationally renowned and award-winning author Bernadette McDonald on this long-awaited biography.

In this book, McDonald has captured Kurtyka's visionary approach to climbing, which 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 first ascent of the West Face of Gasherbrum IV. Dubbed the ‘climb of the century’, his route on GIV with the Austrian Robert Schauer is – as of 2017 – unrepeated. 

After repeated requests to accept the Piolets d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award (the Oscars of the climbing world), Kurtyka finally accepted the honour in the spring of 2016. 

Reviews for Art of Freedom (Vertebrate Publishing):

'Explores the fascinating complexity of Voytek Kurtyka, an alpinist who was driven by aesthetics and by style to achieve some of the most notable ascents.' – Sir Chris Bonington

'It’s no exaggeration for me to say that Bernadette McDonald’s Art of Freedom is among the most eagerly anticipated mountaineering books of the decade – a work by one of the most respected writers in the genre about one of climbing’s greatest legends.' – Katie Ives, Editor-in-Chief, Alpinist magazine

About the event:

Join award winning author Bernadette McDonald as she joins us to examine the life of one of the greatest alpinists of our time, Voytek Kurtyka. McDonald will be joined on stage by John Porter, award-winning author of One Day as a Tiger



Bernadette McDonald Bernadette McDonald

Bernadette is a writer and mountain culture consultant based in Banff, Alberta. She is the author of ten books on mountaineering and mountain culture

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