||Josef Simunek Born in Jicin in
northeastern part of the Czech republic better known as Bohemian
Paradise, now live in Prague. In 1998 graduated in land survey
engineering at the Czech Technical University.
He began climbing when he
was 17th on the famous Czech sandstone rock towers in the Prachov area
close to his hometown Jicin. His mountaineering experiences continued in
the Slovakian High Tatras. In 1990 when Iron curtain has been opened, he
went for the first time to Caucasus in Russia and a year later made an
attempt on a 7000-meter peak in Pamir. In 1992, he founded with his
friend Bouda and others a group of mountaineers team called HIMALAYA
8000. The team has organized nine expedition to eightthousanders to this
time, six of them led by Simunek. Personally summited Shishapangma in
1995, Makalu 1998 and Lhotse 1999 all tops without artificial oxygen. In
1993 he began to film the group's expedition and some of this footage
has been shown on the Czech TV. He is currently cooperating with Czech
TV on project called "Czech Himalayan Adventure" which is a chronicle
documentary about Czech mountaineers on the highest summit in the world.
Member of the jury of the Mountain Film Festival in Slovakia and member
of jury of 50īs Film Festival of Mountain and Exploration in Trento
Italy in 2002.
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