Janusz Kurczab (6 September 1937 – 11 April 2015) was a Polish fencer, mountaineer and expedition leader.[1] He competed in the individual and team épée events at the 1960 Summer Olympics.[2] Expert in the history of Himalayism, editor of the online climbing website wspinanie.pl. Responsible for the creation of a Central Mountain Archives in the multimedia mountain center "Crown of the Earth" (pl. Centrum Górskie Korona Ziemi) in Zawoja.[3]

Janusz Kurczab
Personal information
Born(1937-09-06)6 September 1937
Warsaw, Poland
Died11 April 2015(2015-04-11) (aged 77)

Kurczab led a Polish expedition in 1976 that tackled the Northeast ridge of K2. However, the team was not able to summit due to poor weather conditions and failing health among several expedition members.[4]


  1. ^ "Janusz Kurczab nie żyje". rmf24. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Janusz Kurczab Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 8 July 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  3. ^ Ruszyła budowa Centrum Górskiego „Korona Ziemi”
  4. ^ Kurczab, Janusz (1979). Soli S. Mehta (ed.). "Polish K2 Expedition - 1976". The Himalayan Journal. The Himalayan Club. 35. Retrieved 5 April 2009.