SIMONE MORO

SIMONE MORO

DATE OF BIRTH: 27.10.1967
NATIONALITY: ITALIA

Bio

He began climbing at the age of 13 in the mountains close to home and later moved to the Dolomites. In 1985 he began to focus on free climbing and in 1987 he climbed his first 8a and, in 1989, he climbed about thirty routes up to 8b +. In 1990 he enrolled in the military service, attending the 138th AUC course at the Alpine Military School of Aosta. After completing the six-month course as a student, he spent the remaining period of service with the rank of second lieutenant of the Alpini.
At the end of the fifteen months of military service he returned to climbing in the role of National coach from 1992 to 1996. In 1992 he began his Himalayan mountaineering experience, which was later to become predominant in his mountaineering activity. He is the only climber in history to have reached three peaks of 8,000 meters in full winter season (starting after 21st December): the Shisha Pangma (8,027 m), Makalu (8463m) and Gasherbrum II (8,035 m). He has reached to summit of 7 of the fourteen 8,000 m peaks and has climbed Mount Everest four times (8,848 m). Twice, in 2013 and in 2014, he attempted the winter ascent of Nanga Parbat (Himalayas, 8,125 m) and in 2012 he tried for the second time to chain Everest-Lhotse. He is a helicopter pilot specializing in helicopter rescue in the Himalayas.
In 2012, he made a long-line recovery on Tengkangpoche at over 6,400 m. He also enjoys parachuting and Wingsuit Skydiving. He received the "Pierre de Coubertin Fair Play Trophy" from UNESCO, the "David A. Sowles Award" from the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the Gold Medal for Civil Merit from the President of the Republic for an extreme solo rescue operation on the west face of Lhotse (8516 m) in Nepal, in the dark, with a high risk of avalanches and without oxygen. He was also awarded "Best of The Explorersweb" for the best climbing expedition and the "Golden Piton" from the American magazine “Climbing” for his ascent of Gasherbrum II. He is the author of five books. The last book is "In ginocchio sulle ali" (2014). His books have been translated into English, German, Spanish and Polish.

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