K2 - The latest jewel of the Crown of the Himalayas is the title of a new book of narrative presenting interesting story of the incredible twenty years of adventure, an unusual dialogue, by the most successful Czech climber Radek Jaroš with fourteen eight-thousanders of the world. Thanks to the extraordinary project of the Czech Mint you can yield to freezing temptation of the ice giants too. On the occasion of publication of the book the issue of silver commemorative medals was prepared. It is a celebration of a huge victory of the climber, who on 26July finally conquered the last missing eight-thousand-metre- peak - the long-desired K2. Together with the brilliant numismatic piece to your collection, you will also receive an original literary gem.
The obverse side of the medal made of pure silver in proof quality is decorated with a charismatic portrait of Radek Jaroš, which was wonderfully prepared by the artist Vojtěch Dostál, Dis. He is also the author of the reverse side, that will make you shiver. It is capturing the moment when Radek Jaroš, after years of effort, finally could hoist the flag of his homeland on the peak of the K2.
The attractive combination of the beautiful medal and the original literary feat commemorates another big Czech, who stood up for his dreams and thanks to his will he could almost touch the sky. The limited edition will delight only the 50 fastest, therefore do not hesitate and please yourself or your loved ones!
Radek Jaroš (* 29th April, 1964, Nové Město na Moravě) yielded to tempation to conquer the peaks beeing a child. At the beginning he touched our mountains, then he conquered the Tatra Mountains, Tian Shan, Pamir and the Himalayas. He firstly teased Mount Everest in his early thirties, but without success. But he firmly reiterated his climb, and less than four years later, along with Vladimír Nosek, they reached the peak without using oxygen masks. At the age of 42 years Radek Jaroš could boast of having conquered six eight-thousanders, however, he set a goal of conquering them all. Thus followed the Kanchenjunga in 2002 and the Climb in 2004 - the Scott McIntyre`s way to Shishapangma, he did in alpine style and - of course - without using oxygen. Makalu and Dhaulagiri lived to see his visit in 2008. He celabrated his 45th birthday stylishly Radek Jaroš – the solo climb on Manasla. A year later, with Libor Uher within ten days they climbed on Gasherbrum II and Gasherbrum I. The fourth highest mountain in the world Lhotse welcomed Radek in 2011, that year he also conquered Annapurna. It lacked only one mountain to get the Crown of the Himalayas, the fatal K2. Several times he unsuccessfully tried to conquer it. However, by 2014 the majestic beauty ceased to resist and Radek Jaroš became the fifteenth person in the world and the first Czech who managed to climb all 14 eight-thousanders without artificial oxygen.
9 May 1998 - Mount Everest, 8848 m
15 May 2002 - Kanchenjunga, 8586 m
18 June 2003 - Broad Peak, 8051 m
10 May 2004 - Cho Oyu, 8201 m
9 October 2004 - Shishapangma, 8046 m, South wall J Scott / McIntyre alpine style, awarded as the climb of the ČHS
28 June 2005 - Nanga Parbat, 8126 m
1 May 2008 - Dhaulagiri, 8167 m
21 May 2008 - Makalu, 8485 m
29 April 2009 - Manaslu, 8163 m
17 July 2010 - Gasherbrum II, 8035 m
28 July 2010 - Gasherbrum I, 8080 m
19 May 2011 - Lhotse, 8516 m
6 May 2012 - Annapurna, 8091 m
26 July 2014 - K2, 8611 m