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A MESSAGE of HOPE FROM DIFFERENT PLACES OF THE WORLD BY FRIENDS OF INKA EXPEDICIONES
Fernando Garrido Velasco is a Spanish mountaineer who stands out for having achieved the world record for standing alone at high altitude, on top of Aconcagua (62 days). Among its most notable achieves are the ascent to Cho-Oyu (8201 m) in winter and without help, in what was the first world ascension alone and in winter of an eight-thousander and between 1989 and 1990 he traveled on foot the 5000 km of the Himalayas.
Born in Germany and actually living in United States. Her specialty is the high altitude endurance realm; she holds speed records on Aconcagua and on the Annapurna Circuit and has excelled on high trails in the Colorado Rockies. On February 3, 2018, she became the first woman to finish Aconcagua’s greatest endurance challenge: circumnavigating and summiting the peak in a single push. And she did it alone.
Sean is a South African adventurer and filmmaker. In 2004, he became the first African to climb th 7 Summits, the highest mountain on each continent; he produced eight documentaries and wrote the book “Freeze Frame” about his adventures. Sean is also a motivational speaker, surfer and yachtsman.
Jon Gupta is one of the UK’s most promising up and coming mountaineers. By the age of 28, Jon had summited numerous major summits at 6, 7 and 8,000m peaks. In 2012 Jon became the first person to summit Ama Dablam 3 times in 7 days. 2018 saw Jon help mastermind the world record breaking ‘7in4‘ Expedition, helping Steve Plain summit the highest mountain on each continent in the fastest time ever.
He is the only Dane to climb four mountains over 8,000 meters (Gasherbrum II, Shishapangma, Cho Oyu and Mount Everest) – the first three without the use of artificial oxygen and two of them as the first Dane ever.
In addition, he has a myriad of 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 meter peaks respectively on his climbing resume, as well as having participated in expeditions across most of the globe. Aconcagua (6962m), Elbrus (5642m), Kilimanjaro (5895m), Mont Blanc, Mera Peak, Island Peak as well as the beautiful and iconic mountain Ama Dablam in Nepal.
Tomasz has completed the Seven Summits and 8-thousanders: Cho Oyu and Everest. He has climbed several times Mt. Aconcagua, Denali, Elbrus, Island Peak, Kazbek. Also he summitted Ama Dablam, Khan Tengri and many others. Particularly fond of a Africa, where he returns every year. He has climbed its highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, 29 times.
Juanito Oiarzabal is a noted Spanish Basque mountaineer. He has written four books on the subject. He was the sixth man to reach all 14 eight-thousander summits, and the third one in reaching them without supplementary oxygen. He was the first person to conquer the top 3 summits twice (Everest + K2 + Kangchenjunga), and was the oldest climber to summit Kangchenjunga, at almost 53 years old.
Heber is Guide in Aconcagua and the first Argentine to do the 7 Summits. It was also the first Argentine to reach the summit of Mount Everest without oxygen or porters assistance. He has climbed more than 40 times the summit of Aconcagua (first ascent on 1991), through different routes: Normal or Northwest, the Polish Glacier, False Polish and South Face or Route Messner. He has also reached the summit of other mountains of complex ascension in Bolivia, Argentina, Peru and in Nepal he reached the summit of Makalu (8463m).
- Kaayma is the first girl, aged 12, to reach the top of the highest mountain in America.Furthermore, it has already reached the top of Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus.According to her family, she is considered the youngest woman to climb the Stok Kangri, a mountain of almost 6,156 meters in the Himalayas in Asia.This is all part of a comprehensive project, called Sahas, which involves climbing the seven highest mountains on the planet and skiing the North and South Poles before turning 13.In each adventure, the girl carries the Indian flag to the top.
Damien is a French local Guide in Aconcagua. He has been practicing mountaineering for more than 15 years and is an experienced explorer of the Central Andes Andes with more than 70 summits in his career. He likes exploring new areas and knows very well all the corners of the Central Andes, Cordon del Plata, Aconcagua and Patagonia. He also practices rock, ice climbing and skiing.
JUAN CARLOS VIZCAINO
Passionate about the world of mountains and climbing since 1984, Juan Carlos has made ascents in the Pyrenees, the Alps, the Atlas, the Andes and the Himalayas. (ChoOyu 8,201m. / Shisha Pangma 8,027m). In addition, it has reached peaks in different mountains of the world such as Aconcagua, Huayna Potosi, Condoriri- Cabeza de Condor, Piramide Blanca, Alpamayo Chico, Island Peak, Lobuche Peak, Mont Blanc, Lyskam, Monte Rosa, among others.
- Lito Sánchez is one of the most experienced guides in Aconcagua with more than 70 summits achieved by different routes and he is also the first Argentine to achieve a summit in the Himalayas (Dhaulagiri) and the first Latin American to reach it in winter. He also made an expedition to Cho Oyu, about which he wrote a book. In addition to being a guide, he is a teacher at the Provincial High Mountain and Trekking Guides School, and above all a great athlete who ventures into the mountains without problems.
Popi Spagnuoli is mountain guide in Aconcagua with an impressive CV, having scaled the mountain nearly 20 times. In 2005 she become the first woman to achieve a winter ascent of South America’s highest peak—and that was before she’d even turned 30! This season Popi will guide an expedition exclusively for women together with Inka Expediciones.
Javier Garrido is a mountain guide in Spain, manager and founder of Aragon Aventura along with his brother Fernando. It has climbed mountains around the world, where its roof has been the Aconcagua, 6,962 meters. He has climbed 30 tops of the Alps, the Matterhorn a dozen times and a hundred mountains in the Pyrenees.
- Felipe is a professional mountain guide in Aconcagua and a restless adventurer from above. In 31 hours, he broke the Argentine climbing record to the fearsome southern face of Aconcagua, one of the greatest challenges for world mountaineering. Despite his young age, he is one of the reference in the mountains, especially on low-traffic routes in Aconcagua.
Colombia – CHINESE MESSAGE
Julian is a young professional guide in Aconcagua, with an adventurous spirit that has allowed him to travel the world, climbing mountains and learning from different cultures, which has led him to be one of the few local guides who has learned the Chinese language.
Guillermo Tibaldi is a retired Captain Submariner, which paid homage to the last crew of the ARA San Juan who died in a tragic explosion under water. The tribute consisted of joining the Auxiliary Dock of the Argentine Navy on foot, the last place from where the San Juan set sail, with the top of Aconcagua. The route consisted of 1,600 km to the base of the mountain and 6962 meters of unevenness towards its maximum peak.