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VII Open Climbing Days – a report

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As every year, from the initiative of ECHO Mountain Foundation fans of mountains and mountaineering came to celebrate VII Open Climbing Days.  Co-organizer of the event were Małe Dolomity complex and Mountain Portal.  There weren’t as many people as on other popular festivals but you cannot treat that as a fault. The event has its own special character and unique atmosphere.

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Everyone who appeared on 27/28 May in Małe Dolomity had opportunity to see, talk to, take a picture with or get an autograph from the guests of this event.

First day of the party took place on Saturday. With beautiful, sunny and cloudless weather it was a difficult decision to make whether to stay and listen to one of the presentations or go climbing in the nearby rocks.

Open Climbing Days

Open Climbing Days

Open Climbing Days

Everything began from the II edition of JUR(a)UN and the Run of a Little ECHOsaur. JUR(a)UN was a 10 km long run led in various landscape – from meadows, through forests, rocks and country roads. What is more, runners had to overcome lots of ups and downs.

Children had to run on a track created in a young forest which is situated on the area of Małe Dolomity. On the finish line there were some rewards prepared by PTTK and souvenir medals waiting for the young participants.
In the early afternoon the competitors of the run had their presentation of medals and award handing. The sum of all the awards was 1800 zlotys and the sponsor of the awards was Regatta.

The podium was:

Women – category open:

1. Agnieszka Jeż
2. Katarzyna Darska
3. Marta Giedwiłło

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Men – category open:

1. Krzysztof Tarnowski
2. Marcin Dembecki
3. Krzysztof Ryłko

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After the decoration and a short break there was time for the first presentation. At 2 p.m. we had the official premiere of the book by Bartek Andrzejewski “Górska korona Polski” (“The crown of Polish mountains”). The author together with Stanisław Pisarek (the editor) and Agnieszka Rachwał-Chybowska (the head redactor) told us about the process of creating the book, encouraged listeners to have discussion and to ask questions.

Open Climbing Days

Open Climbing Days

An hour later Grzegorz Gawlik spoke about his extraordinary project “100 volcanoes”. Next we had Andrzej Machnik, Ryszard Pawłowski and Alex Txikon who took us to the world of high mountains. The Basque Himalayan climber recalled his great success of last year’s winter expedition to Nanga Parbat and told about his attempts on Everest. Txikon was supposed to climb Everest without oxygen but unfortunately he did not succeed.

Open Climbing Days

Open Climbing Days

Open Climbing Days

Just after the last presentation we heard the names of the winners of Mountain Portal’s competition for the best project of the expedition -  „Łap (za)dyszkę 2017”. The winners were Karolina Jendrysik and Adrian Podżorski – the authors of the project -  „Noshaq Expedition 2017”. They got 10 000 zlotys for their dream plan and a sponsor of the reward was  Bergans of Norway. Second place were Marta Starczak and Michał Starczak with their project „Fra Li Monti Gr20”. The reward was a course of rock climbing and the sponsor of the reward was Climbing School GOup. Third reward – an insurance “Safe come back” of iExpert - was given to Piotr Sudół for a project  „Via Alpina solo 2017”.

Next the organizers announced the winner of a photo competition “The mountain calendar”. In the competition organized together by Mountain Portal and “n.p.m.” magazine (jury: Bob A. Shelfchout Aubertijn, Danuta Piotrowska, Jarosław Tomaszewski, Bartosz Andrzejewski)  the winner was Mr Jan Haręza, the author of a work entitled “The Three Kings” (a photo depicting three people walking to Ornak in the Tatras).

Open Climbing Days

Open Climbing Days

On Sunday the event started with photo classes led by photographers from Jurassic Photo Team. Not only did the crew lead the classes but also they collected photo material and the interviews with the guests  of the festival.

Open Climbing Days

Open Climbing Days

After the classes, through his speech Andrzej Marcisz took the listeners to the Main Ridge of the Tatras. Next speaker was Marcin Tomaszewski (“Yeti”) who, as usual in a very interesting way told a story of his activities which is not only climbing but also writing stories for children and mountain photography.

Open Climbing Days

Open Climbing Days

Open Climbing Days

All those moments of the festival were important and significant but everybody was waiting for a legendary Himalayan climber and a partner of such personalities as Jerzy Kukuczka or Wanda Rutkiewicz. Carlos Carsolio flew from Mexico to tell a story of his climbing past written together with Polish climbers. It was more than impressive to watch how Carlos Carsolio prepared himself for his speech. The presentation was about 3 hours long and was a chance for Carsolio to present himself fully, especially that the climber hasn’t been to our country for over 20 years. Our guest was truly and deeply moved while talking about his cooperation in the mountains with Poles. Carsolio’s visit was also a possibility for him to meet some old friends of his, after Open Climbing Days he planned to meet Krzysztof Wielicki and Cecylia Kukuczka.

Open Climbing Days

Open Climbing Days

Open Climbing Days

Open Climbing Days

VII edition of Open Climbing Days today is a part of history. The profit from the event was directed to Ryszard Pilch - an Alpine and Tatra climber who has been struggling with multiple sclerosis for the last 30 years - for his rehabilitation.

Next year we will meet you during VIIIth edition of the festival but earlier we would like to invite you to the second edition of “Piękno Gór” (“The beauty of the mountains”). Its leitmotiv will be Lhotse and the fixed point of this event will be the Memorial of Tadeusz Piotrowski which is a form of closing of the climbing season in Polish Jura. Stay tuned for details!

 

 

 

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