Simone Moro – One of the world’s greatest mountaineers to visit Wanaka and Queenstown!

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We are truly honoured to have Italian mountaineer Simone Moro headlining our festival programme!  He is one of the most accomplished mountaineers ever to visit our region and we’re stoked that he’ll be joining us in both Wānaka and Queenstown.

Simone will speak about his achievements in high-altitude mountaineering as well as some of the extraordinary rescue missions he has been involved with during his mountaineering career and as a helicopter pilot.

A veteran of 15 winter expeditions, Simone is the only alpinist to have completed four 8,000m first ascents in winter, on Shisha Pangma (8027m) in 2005, Makalu (8485m) in 2009, Gasherbrum II (8035m) in 2011 (remember the award-winning film Cold?) and Nanga Parbat (8126m) in 2016.  Winter ascents of 8,000m mountains, are you serious!

In 2001, he abandoned his own Everest-Lhotse Traverse attempt to save an English climber, enduring horrific conditions in darkness, on his own with an extremely high risk of avalanche and without supplementary oxygen. Simone was also the first European helicopter pilot qualified to fly in Nepal and has completed numerous rescue operations, including the highest long-line rescue at 7,800m on Everest in 2013.

Make sure you book tickets early for Simone’s talk once they go on sale next month!