Juanito Oiarzabal

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Juan Eusebio Oiarzabal Urteaga (born 30 March 1956) commonly known as Juanito Oiarzabal is a noted Spanish Basque mountaineer and has written four books on the subject. He was the sixth man to reach all 14 eight-thousander summits, and the fourth in reaching them without supplementary oxygen. He was the first person to conquer the top 3 summits twice (Everest + K2 + Kangchenjunga), and the oldest climber to summit Kangchenjunga, at almost 53.In 2004, he lost all his toes to frostbite after summiting K2.

In 2009 he announced he wants to become the first person in history to reach a "double 14", summiting each 8000er twice. In April 2010 he reached 24 eight-thousanders, after climbing Annapurna, He is followed by Ed Viesturs who has reached 21 summits and Phurba Tashi Sherpa with 25.

The Himalayas

His success in the Himalayas is well-known, but less well known is that before starting on those ascents he had already accumulated a...
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