was a real hero. That is not an eloquent description, but it would be
difficult to say the truth in a simpler way. He was a hero in the old
way, a man able to perform deeds beyond the power of ordinary individuals.
"We achieve that which is beyond the strength of others!"
"The more people who know the mountains, the better life would be down below. There you become stronger, more generous, …closer to God."
"Mountaineering is a hard work, hard, serious work…"
"It is necessary to go to the mountain. It is difficult but it is necessary to go towards it, the mountain by itself doesn’t come in BC…"
"In principle, there are no easy eight thousand meter peaks"
"We don’t employ high altitude porters, we do the work ourselves, the mountain remains a mountain for us."
"The flag is not an empty symbol, it represents pride for the place you live"
"Ukrainian salo is a unique product, we always take some to the mountains . . .”
"Everything that I do I try to do thoroughly…"
"It is for those who are the first, always difficult to start…"
"…Someone ought to go …otherwise a life would stop"
Honoured with State awards ‘For courage’ of II and III degrees, ‘For
courage’ of I degree (posthumous), awarded by Orthodox church with ‘Saint
Before entering high school, Vladislav worked as a geologist in Yakutia and Polar Siberia. His ability to endure and to work in extreme weather conditions was acquired there, and proved to be useful later in mountaineering expeditions.
After graduation from the Novosibirskyi Institute of Water Transport Engineers, he worked as a shipping dispatcher in ports of USSR and from 1980 – in Ukraine at the port of Yuzhnyi in the Odessa region.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he was the head of ‘Vysotnik’
company, which provided services requiring the skill of industrial mountaineering.
He founded this company with other climbers in 1995. Simultaneously he
was sport instructor in the Odessa port plant.
1991 – Mt.Nanda-Devi, East ridge, India
He also climbed all the highest peaks of former USSR: Lenin peak, Kommunizma peak (twice), Korzhenevskaya peak (twice), Pobeda peak (1992, through the West Pobeda peak, 1st place on the Ukrainian championship in high altitude class), Peak Khan-Tengri (2001).
From the early nineties he took part in Himalayas and Karakorum expeditions.
He successfully climbed the fourteen 8000-thousanders (Mt. Shishapangma
Central). He was a member of ‘Odessa’ alpine club and the majority of
his climbs were made with its team. Vladislav was a devoted film maker
and took a videocamera on his expeditions. He is author and director of
many unique videos about his climbs.
Vladislav Terzyul passed away on Mt.Makalu on May 18, 2004.