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.
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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 50´s Film Festival of Mountain and Exploration in Trento Italy in 2002.