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Park Young-seok (Korean박영석; Hanja朴英碩: November 2, 1963 – October 2011 on Annapurna) was a South Korean mountaineer.

Park Young-seok
Born
Park Young-seok

(1963-11-02)November 2, 1963
Seoul, South Korea
DiedOctober 18, 2011(2011-10-18) (aged 47)
Annapurna, Nepal
OccupationMountaineer
Known forFirst person to complete Explorers Grand Slam
Korean name
Hangul
박영석
Hanja
朴英碩
Revised RomanizationBak Yeongseok
McCune–ReischauerPark Yongsŏk
Websiteparkyoungseok.com

In May 2005, he became the first person in the world to complete a Explorers Grand Slam.[1] He climbed the world's 14 Eight-thousanders, the Seven Summits, and trekked to both poles.[1] He holds the world's third fastest time (behind Kim Chang-ho[2] of South Korea and Jerzy Kukuczka of Poland) for ascending the 14 Eight-thousanders, the Guinness World Record for climbing six of the 8,000-meter Himalayan peaks within one year, and another record for reaching the South Pole on foot in 44 days, self-sufficient and without any food re-supplies.[citation needed]

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AchievementsEdit

Name of Peak Elevation (m) Date of summit
1. Everest 8,848 1993-05-16
2. K2 8,611 2001-07-22
3. Kangchenjunga 8,586 1999-05-12
4. Lhotse 8,516 2001-04-29
5. Makalu 8,463 2000-05-15
6. Cho Oyu 8,201 1997-09-27
7. Dhaulagiri 8,167 1997-04-27
8. Manaslu 8,163 1998-12-06
9. Nanga Parbat 8,125 1998-07-21
10. Annapurna 8,091 1996-05-04
11. Gasherbrum I 8,068 1997-07-09
12. Broad Peak 8,047 2000-07-30
13. Gasherbrum II 8,035 1997-07-19
14. Shishapangma 8,027 2000-10-02
15. Aconcagua 6,959 2002-01-11
16. Denali 6,195 1994-06-02
17. Kilimanjaro 5,895 1997-02-17
18. Elbrus 5,642 2002-07-07
19. Vinson Massif 4,897 2002-11-25
20. Carstensz Pyramid 4,884 2002-05-11
21. Kosciusko 2,280 2001-09-21
22. South Pole 2,835 2004
23. North Pole Sea level 2005-04-30
24. Everest
North-South Traverse
8,848 2006-05-11

DisappearanceEdit

Park and his other team members went missing after their last communications on October 18, 2011 while attempting a new route on Annapurna.[3] Young-Seok Park, Dong-Min Shin and Gi-Seok Gang decided to abort the climb at around 6400 meters due to heavy rock fall and went missing during the descent. Despite a dangerous and daring rescue operation to find the missing climbers, no signs of Park, Shin or Gang were found. The Korean Alpine Federation called off the rescue operation for Park and his team at 12:00 on October 28, 2011.[4][5]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Mr. Park completes the Grand Slam". EverestNews.com. 2005-05-01. Retrieved 2017-08-17.
  2. ^ "Korean Everest Sea to Summit marred by tragedy". thebmc.co.uk. 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  3. ^ "The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea – Korean Mountaineer Missing on Annapurna". English.chosun.com. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
  4. ^ "Everest K2 News Explorersweb – the pioneers checkpoint". Explorersweb.com. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
  5. ^ Woo, Jaeyeon (2011-10-31). "With Park Gone, Korea Loses Its Trailblazer – Korea Real Time – WSJ". Blogs.wsj.com. Retrieved 2011-11-17.

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