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Everest Spring 99: Enrique Guallart-Furio (from Valencia, Spain) his web site is:  http://ww2.encis.es/avent/ever/ever.htm Also, the main web is http://ww2.encis.es/avent/  where you can find many pictures of his adventures from around the world. 


Enrique  Guallart-Furiσ was born in Valencia (Spain) in 1957. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree. At present he works  in the Spanish savings bank, Bancaja. He was President of the University Mountaineering Club of Valencia (Spain). He was first Spanish climber member of American Alpine Club (U.S.A.) and he also collaborated with other mountaineering clubs around the world.

He began hiking and climbing at the age of 13. During these years he climbed in the Spanish ranges of Gredos (2 peaks), Picos de Europa (9 peaks), Pyrenees (45 peaks), Sierra Nevada (3 peaks), Basque Mountains (5 peaks); Pyrenees (France); Alps of France and Switzerland (Petite Aiguille Verte, Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Dom des Mischabels, Mont Blanc); Scottish Peaks (Beinn Alligin, Liathach); Sierra Madre of Mexico (Popocatepetl, Iztaccihualt, an attempt to Citlaltpetl), Sierra Madre of Guatemala (Tajumulco); Atlas of Marocco (Toubkal); Andes of Ecuador (Cotopaxi, Ruco and Guagua Pichincha), Andes of Argentina (Aconcagua), Andes of Chile (Volcano Osorno and an attempt to Ojos del Salado), Andes of Bolivia (Sajama, an attempt to Huayna Potosi and two attempts to Illimani); Elbruz and Cheguet (Caucasus); Cascade Range (Rainer); Sierra Nevada (Whitney, Hoffman Peak, an attempt to Lassen Peak); Rocky Mountains (Grand Teton); Alaska Range (McKinley); Kenya massif (Batian, Nelion points); Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak, Mawenzi, Little Meru); Ruwenzori (an attempt to Stanley); Japanese Alps (Fuji-Yama); Kinabalu (Low's Peak); Volcanos of Indonesia (Kerenci, Semeru, Merapi); Snowy Mountains (Kosciusko, Towsend, Twynam, Muellers Peak); Caucasus (Elbruz and Cheguet); New Zealand Alps (key Summit and an attempt to Mount Cook); Antarctica (Massif of Vinson and Patriot Hills peak); Himalaya (Mera Peak, Imja Tse. An attempt to Singu-Chuli and Everest, last spring 1997);

High mountain traverses: Pyrenees (Ordesa-Goriz-Pont d'Espagne), Himalaya (Hinku-Hongu Valleys with descent by the Mingbo-La);

Seven Summits: He has reach 6 of 7 summits. The last one is the Everest. He tried last year first time.

Poles: Only Spanish man that reached both poles. North Pole April 17th 1996 and South Pole, January 10th 1995.

He has skied in Spain, Andorra, U.S.A. and Bolivia (Chacaltaya, the highest ski area in the world).

He was the first Spanish ham radio operator (EA5 FOE) that spoke from the massif and top of McKinley with other hammers outside the mountain. He was also the first ham radio operator that transmitted daily (in VHF and HF systems) from the Bolivian Andes to Spain.

He often skin-dives in the Mediterranean Sea.

His photos for several international press agencies have been published in Mexico, Australia,  Saudi Arabia, Spain, Japan, Norway, U.S.A., Great Britain, Germany , Korea and Portugal.

He has directed 16 short films. Some of them have been selected in many International Film Festivals and have won several awards. He directed the video Hunab-Ku in U-Matic SP High Quality on a climbing expedition in Central America.

The Spanish Television Channel I (T.V.E.) produced a program about his climbing life and how he filmed "Los Hijos de Mercurio". He has been interviewed by Television Argentina, National Geographic TV and Antena-3 TV and Television Espaρola

He directed  radio programs in Cadena Ser (Spanish Radio Station) on nature, ecological problems and mountains. He organized and was the speaker on a radio program from Bolivia to Spain for the Spanish National Radio (R.N.E.) and he also did the same from Mount McKinley (Alaska Range) for Antena-3 Radio (Spain).

He has traveled around the world and has visited 35 countries on seven continents.

He collaborated in the conservation programme Volcan de Agua (La Antigua, Guatemala) and Calderona Range (Valencia, Spain).

In 1992 he opened two photographic exhibitions entitled "Rojo, Verde y Azul"   (Red, Green and Blue) and "Mujeres y Sensaciones" (Women and Feelings). In the last exhibitions,  the photos are of a large size, 150 x 100 centimeters. In November 1993 he opened another show, "Emociones" (Emotions), with new exhibitions in February and March of 1995.

The Regional Government of Valencia (Spain) selected last April to Enrique Guallart-Furio like a elite sportsman class "A" in mountain sport. His wide experience was taken during his 26 years in the mountain.

He is a well-known lecturer on nature, mountains and cinema.

Update 1/6/99

Everest Spring 99: Enrique Guallart-Furio, in his Everest web http://ww2.encis.es/avent/ever/ever.htm has added three different live information: 1.- Everest temperatures, weather forecast for 5 days, satellites photos, etc. (left) 2.- Good color picture from satellite looking Himalaya range (up right) 3.- Everest view from a camera connect to Internet in Syangboche (up Namche Bazar) (down right). Enrique tells us he is training hard in Spain running, making muscles and making climbs. For example next Friday he will go north of Spain to the Pyrenees Range to make a winter climb to the highest point of Pyrenees, the Aneto peak. Before start the trek to Everest base camp, he will make an aclimatization trek during near three weeks to Gokyo area, climbing the Gokyo peak (5.400 meters). He tells us " he choose this area for three reasons: 1) very good picture of Everest from the top 2) only one day up 5.000 meters" (He says up ± 5.300 meters you start to loose the muscles). Enrique says, " I trained so much the muscles for Everest and I cannot loose it " 3) " not difficult climb, I don't wish to have an accident before start Everest climb ".

Source: Enrique Guallart-Furio, http://ww2.encis.es/avent/ever/ever.htm

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