Zygmunt Andrzej Heinrich

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Andrzej Heinrich (left), Kazimierz Olech and Andrzej Czok attempting to climb Mount Everest in 1980
Andrzej Heinrich with Pasang Norbu Sherpa on Mount Everest

Zygmunt Andrzej Heinrich (21 July 1937 in Łbowo, central Poland – 27 May 1989 in Mount Everest) was a Polish mountaineer. He died in an avalanche on the northwest slopes of Mount Everest in 1989.


Tatra Mts and Alps

Zygmunt Andrzej Heinrich undertook many serious climbs including difficult new routes and first winter ascents. Among Polish climbers the team Heinrich-Chrobak was held in high prestige and Eugeniusz Chrobak is still considered one of the best Polish Himalayan climbers of all time. The Heinrich-Chrobak team was very much the Polish equivalent of the Bonington-Whillans team in Britain.

Great Ranges


  • Józef Nyka: Masherbrum Southwest, Ascent and Tragedy. American Alpine Journal, 1982, pp. 271–272
  • Andrzej Zawada: "Winter at 8250 m: Polish Expedition to Lhotse 1974", Alpine Journal, 1974, pp. 28–35.
  • Andrzej Zawada: Cho Oyu's Three-Kilometer-High Face. American Alpine Journal, 1986, pp. 6–13 (with 2 photographs with lines depicted)
  • AAJ 1986, p. 290 (note on Nanga Parbat)

External links

  • AAJ, Searchable online access
  • Strona poświęcona pamięci himalaisty Andrzeja Heinricha (in Polish)
  • portrait on www.nyka.home.pl (in Polish)
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