With over 60 mountaineering expeditions to his credit, one of the most famous alpinists in the world and the only one to have achieved four of the 8000 m. peaks during winter.
He is also a helicopter rescue pilot in Himalaya and author of nine books published in Italy and abroad.
His long journey up to here is flecked with successes, failures and surrenders but he keeps dreaming and as he would say it, continues to raise the bar always a little higher.
“Nothing is impossible, nearly impossible is the only thing that exists.”
Perseverance and tenacity
The plan B
Failure and success
Team and leadership
Simone Moro is the only alpinist to have realized the first winter ascent of four 8000 metre peaks completely during the winter season: Shisha Pangma (8.027 m – in 2005), Makalu (8463 m – in 2009), Gasherbrum II (8.035 m – in 2011), Nanga Parbat (8126 m – in 2016).
Among the numerous prizes, he has received the UNESCO “Pierre de Coubertin World Trophy” by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, the “David A.Sowles Memorial Award” by the American Alpine Club 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. He is the author of 9 books which have been translated into English, German, Spanish and Polish.
Never stop dreaming and attempting to reach that which is considered nearly impossible… Nearly Impossible is the only thing that exists.
What drives a mountaineer to face those mountains that seem unreachable for mankind, with the fear and awareness of the risk he takes? What drives him to base camp first, to the single stages of the climb, and then up to the peak? Will he ever feel that he has actually “arrived”? The peaks for a mountaineer are the metaphors of our challenges in our professional everyday life : they seem impossible to conquer, too far to think about today. Ambition and motivation are the main engine of a path which is often long, deceitful, with crevasses and unexpected storms but that ultimately leads to the achievement of one’s goals.
A real journey, during which one must learn to live successes and above all failures as points of departure. A climb made of small steps, where the essential tools are tenacity, perseverance, humility, commitment, dedication and passion.
He is the author of 13 books – published with Corbaccio and Rizzoli – which have been translated into English, German, Spanish and Polish.