Born in Lemoa (Basque Country, Spain) in 1981, Alex Txikon began climbing at a very early age. At 21, he climbed his first eight-thousander, Broad Peak, and has now climbed 12 of the 14 eight-thousanders on the planet and has over 30 expeditions under his belt. Between 2005 and 2011, he was part of the team on Spanish television programme “Al Filo De Lo Imposible” [On the Edge of the Impossible], which saw him work as a high-altitude operator following Edurne Pasaban’s attempts to climb the 14 eight-thousanders. Txikon later moved into winter climbing with the ascent of Lhotse in 2013 and his first ascent of Nanga Parbat with Simone Moro and Muhammad Ali Sadpara in 2016. He also climbed Pumori in 2017 and attempted to climb Mount Everest in 2017 and 2018, reaching South Col on both occasions, before attempting to climb K2 last winter. Txikon was involved in the unsuccessful attempts to rescue Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard from Nanga Parbat in 2019.