Thursday, 11 July 2013

Artur Hajzer is gone

(Tina Sjogren) According to an official post on Facebook by his family Artur Hajzer died July 7 while descending the Japanese couloir on Gasherbrum I (8068m). No further details are known at this point. 

Hajzer was from the "Jerzy Kukuczka generation", accomplishing legendary Himalaya ascents in the trademark Polish style of great achievements with little fuss. 

Funny and driven, Hajzer belonged to the mountains where he died.  Following a long absence he returned to Himalaya this past decade to continue the tradition of virgin Polish winter ascents and help raise a new generation in the spirit of Polish high altitude mountaineering: to take on the cutting edge with simplicity and courage.

Farewell friend, may your vision march on.