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Found this on the new zealand herald and wanted to share this story about this 7summiteer and his thoughts towards his patient wife
12.12.2003 - By MONIQUE DEVEREUX
In a short autobiography penned in the midst of his most ambitious expedition, celebrated Latvian climber Teodors Kirsis paid tribute to his wife for her patience with his mountain-climbing obsession.

In the 30-plus years since he married his "studying colleague" Aina-Lilija she "never complained about separately spent holidays, about sleepless nights and having to spend restless hours waiting for news from God knows which parts of the world, bearing all this strain courageously till the end".

The end came this week on one of the smaller peaks in Kirsis' climbing career, Mt Cook. This year he had already climbed a mountain in Kenya a third as high again.

Kirsis, his 29-year-old daughter, Evija Kirse, and two climbing colleagues, Aivars Prosenkous and Bernans Ilmars, both 49, all perished when they fell 300m from a gully near the summit.

The Latvian Government is working with the Swedish embassy in Canberra to arrange for the bodies to be taken back to Latvia.

All four were accomplished climbers and Prosenkous was well known on the world orienteering circuit.

Evija had conquered Australia's highest mountain, Kosciusko, and Africa's Kilimanjaro with her father. Both Prosenkous and Ilmars had taken part in some of the Seven Summits climbs with Kirsis as part of a team of mountaineers he led called the Kirsis Crew.

Only two of the crew have so far conquered all seven summits, which are the highest peaks on each continent - Kilimanjaro, Denali in Alaska, Elbrus in Europe, Aconcagua in South America, Oceania's Carstensz Pyramid, Antarctica's Vinson and Everest in Asia.

Kirsis became the 92nd mountaineer to do so when he climbed Mt Vinson in January last year.

His friend Imants Zauls, with whom Kirsis stood on top of Mt Everest for 45 minutes in 1995, completed the Seven Summits just minutes after him.

The Everest climb earned Kirsis Latvia's highest state medal, the Three Star Order.

Only 113 people have completed the Seven Summits, including New Zealanders Rob Hall and Gary Ball, who were 9th and 10th respectively to do so.

In his autobiography, written in 2000 in the middle of his Seven Summits journey, Kirsis described himself as a "scientist, university lecturer and mountain-climber".

He was born in the Latvian city of Jelgava in 1942. In his professional career he had various papers published about scientific developments in industry, and spent a year working in Canada.

Kirsis credited his love of the mountains to the "romantic nature and enterprise of my father".

"At first mountain climbing reminded [me], in a way, [of] walking amidst a beautiful white-and-blue fairytale.
"However, the sporting aspect started [to become] more and more dominating. "Sport to me means search for the limit of my possibilities."
« Last Edit: Dec 14 2003, 02:28 by 7summits »
"He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary." -- Friedrich Nietzsche


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Re:The climber and his patient wife
« Reply #1 on: Dec 13 2003, 11:24 »

sad... very sad
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