Born to Climb: Inspiring tale of Carlos Soria Fontán


At 77 years of age, Carlos Soria Fontán has taken up the challenge of becoming the oldest person in the world to reach the summits of the 14 highest mountains in the world. Originally from Spain Carlos is the only mountaineer to have ascended ten mountains of more than 8,000 meters after turning 60. This autumn he is going to attempt to the summit of Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) 7th highest peak in the world.

Born on 5 Feb 1939, Carlos has ’til date successfully climbed the following peaks: Nanga Parbat (8.125 m.) in Pakistan-1990, Gasherbrum II (8.035 m.) in China/Pakistan-1994, Cho Oyu (8.201 m.) in China/Nepal-1999, Everest (8.848 m.) in China/Nepal-2001, K2 (8.611 m.) in China/Pakistan-2004, Broad Peak (8.047 m.) in China/Pakistan-2007, Makalu (8.465 m.) in China/Nepal-2008, Gasherbrum I (8.068 m.) in China/Pakistan-2009, Manaslu (8.156 m.), Nepal-2010, Lhotse (8.516 m.) in China/Nepal-2011, Kanchenjunga (8.586 m.) in Nepal-2014 and Annapurna (8.091 m.) in Nepal-2016. His Dhaulagiri expedition this year is organized by Seven Summit Treks. Other expedition members on his 13th 8000ers include Luis Carcavilla, Luis Mifuel Lopez and Boyan Petrov.

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