Born on this day, 1958.01.16; Anatoli Boukreev, Kazakh climber, who ascended Kangchenjunga in 1989 (including an ascent of Central-Peak and a full traverse of the four highest peaks), Dhaulagiri I twice (1991 and 1995), Everest four times (1991, 1995, 1996 and 1997), K2 in 1993, Makalu in 1994, Manaslu in 1996, Lhotse twice (1996 and 1997), Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1996 and Broad Peak Foresummit and Gasherbrum II in 1997. He died in an avalanche during a winter attempt on Annapurna I South face, aged 39.
Anatoli Boukreev also wrote one of the most impressive quotes that can be found in mountaineering literature, or at least, that’s what I think;
“Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion…I go to them as humans go to worship. From their lofty summits I view my past, dream of the future and, with an unusual acuity, am allowed to experience the present moment…my vision cleared, my strength renewed. In the mountains I celebrate creation. On each journey I am reborn.”
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