Today, there are no more women like her.
Today, there are no more women like her.
She climbed her first peaks in a headscarf at a time when women in the mountains were treated by climbers as an additional backpack. It was with her that female alpinism began!
She gained recognition in a spectacular way. The path was considered a crossing for madmen. Especially since the tragic accident in 1929, preserved by Julian Przyboś in his poem Z Tatr (“From the Tatras”). The Skotnicówna sisters left their home in Zakopane to cross the Zamarła Turnia on their own. And they never came home. Since then, no female team has tried to follow their path, perpetuating the fatalistic myth of the summit. Until the summer of 1960, when Halina Krüger-Syrokomska left the Morskie Oko in the morning, soon to be on everyone’s lips and become an environmental legend. And then it started…
The first European woman on an eight-thousander, Polish women’s altitude record in Pamir, many more first female crossings in the Tatra Mountains, paths in the French and Swiss Alps, reaching the Trollryggen pillar in Norway. She belonged to the first generation of post-war climbers. She took part in all the most important expeditions of her time, strongly promoting the idea of climbing in female teams. Then suddenly, she was denied her passport… Halina’s successes paved the way for the highest routes in the world for other Himalayan female climbers, including Wanda Rutkiewicz, who accompanied her many times during her expeditions.
These two leading Polish Himalayan mountaineers differed a lot. Above all: Krüger-Syrokomska did not want to die in the mountains… “Mountains? It’s important as hell, but apart from that, there’s also another life,” she used to say.
After the great success of Simona… and Wanda… Anna Kamińska returns to the mountains with a fascinating story about Halina Krüger-Syrokomska – an undiscovered woman, just like Simona Kossak, and, at the same time, a Himalayan mountaineer, without whom Wanda Rutkiewicz would not have existed.
She climbed her first peaks in a headscarf at a time when women in the mountains were treated by climbers as an additional backpack. It was with her that female alpinism began! She gained recognition in a spectacular way. The path was considered a crossing for madmen. Especially since the tragic accident in 1929, preserved … Continue reading “Halina”
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