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Simone Moro

Simone is the only alpinist to have reached four 8,000 metre peaks ALL during the winter season (that is setting off after the 21st December): Shisha Pangma (8,027 m), Makalu (8,463 m), Gasherbrum II (8,035 m) and Nanga Parbat (8,126 m). As a helicopter pilot he specialised in rescue missions based in the Himalayas and in 2012 he achieved a long line rescue on Tengkangpoche over 6.400 m. He also practices parachuting and wingsuit skydiving.

He has received the “Pierre de Coubertin Fair Play Trophy” from UNESCO, the “David A.Sowles Award”, by the Secretary-General of the UN Kofi Annan and the Gold medal for courage (‘medaglia d’oro al valor civile’) by the Italian President for the extreme rescue operation undertaken on Lhotse’s west face (8516m) in Nepal, on his own, in the dark, with an extremely high risk of avalanche fall, and without the use of oxygen.