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Poles mark 40 years since first winter ascent of Mt Everest

17.02.2020 13:00
Poland is marking the 40th anniversary of the first winter ascent of Mount Everest - a historic feat carried out by Polish climbers.
  • Polish mountaineers celebrate 40 years since their first winter ascent of Mount Everest
Leszek Cichy and Krzysztof Wielicki, safely back in Warsaw on March 16, 1980, after scaling Mount Everest in the winter.
Leszek Cichy and Krzysztof Wielicki, safely back in Warsaw on March 16, 1980, after scaling Mount Everest in the winter.Photo: PAP/Tadeusz Zagoździński

On February 17, 1980, two Polish mountaineers, Leszek Cichy and Krzysztof Wielicki, reached the top of the world's tallest mountain, going down in history as the first people to complete the challenge in winter. 

Andrzej Bargiel, an acclaimed Polish climber who successfully skied down the planet’s second-highest peak, K2 in 2018 and attempted to ski down Mount Everest in 2019, wrote on his Instagram account: "Using basic equipment and limited funds, Poles under the guidance of Andrzej Zawada achieved the impossible" in 1980.

Tomasz Ferenc takes a look back at the historic feat of 40 years ago...