Posted: Jan 08, 2015 10:10 pm EST
(Tina Sjogren) “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
This quote, attributed to Emile Zola, probably describes Russian mountaineer Serguey Kondrashkin spot on.
Serguey's attempt on Nanga Parbat is high-stakes: 8000+ winter ascents present severe risk of frostbite to the hands and Kondrashki, a great high-altitude mountaineer, is also an inspired sculptor.
The climber's works are displayed in the State Hermitage museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great.
His pieces have been collected by private investors in Russia, Holland, China, Belgium, Italy and Finland - as well as decorating public streets and towns.
A Snow Leopard who climbed Lhotse (normal route) in 2013 with Victor Koval and Alex Borodenkov, Serguey Kondrashkin did the first ever winter traverse of Bezengi Wall (12 days) and is currently on Nanga Parbat Rupal face with Nickolay Totmjanin, Valery Shamalo, and Victor Koval hoping to accomplish a historic first winter summit of the mountain.
Check out Kondrashkin's gallery of works at RussianClimb.