About the book
In Quechua, the name of mountain means White Sentinel. Long ago, local Indian tribes attributed human characteristic to it. Deliberate anthropomorphization allows in the raw and inanimate mountain nature to find the human or even divine element, supernatural features, which on the one hand closely embed man in the hierarchy and emphasize his smallness in the face of the power of natural forces, on the other emphasize the importance and place in the great circle of life.
For the author, Aconcagua is a Snow Sentinel, in whose shadow all the austerities and struggles during the mountain ascend have deeper meaning. It is not another mountain to climb, but something more. It allows to experience the journey in a special way, filling the traveler’s backpack with luggage of new, unforgettable experiences for the rest of life.
In the book, the author takes the reader to the heart of the Andes, where he tests the taste of Patagonian beef with wine from Mendoza, where, together with yerba mate, he meets unique people in whose veins Indian blood still flows and where sweet dulce de leche compensates the hardships of a raw camp life. „Aconcagua. In the Shadow of the Snowy Sentinel” is a story about a solo ascent to the highest peak of the southern hemisphere; a tale of a challenge, but without puffing up, with a slight narrative and a pinch of salt.
Organizer of high mountain expeditions in the Himalayas, Caucasus, Pamir, Hindu Kush. For ten years, he has been passionately running the travel blog Kartka z Podróży. He has published many times in mountain magazines. In December 2015, he climbed solo Aconcagua – the highest peak of the southern hemisphere (6961 m a.s.l.), which he described in his first book „Aconcagua. In the shadow of the Snow Sentinel”.
An electrician by education, who uses his knowledge and experience to build offshore wind farms. His passion for traveling, photography and mountains are constantly pushing him to organize more and more interesting projects. For years, he has been climbing in Polish Tatras and high mountains around the world. He realized, among others, such projects as an off-road car trip around the Sahara Desert and the Gobi Desert; expedition to Manaslu, Lenin Peak, Noshaq, Denali; 16.ooo km by train through Asia.
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