Born in Bergamo in 1967, Simone Moro is an alpinist, a writer, a public speaker and a helicopter pilot. He started out as a rock climber before taking his career into the Himalayas from 1992. To date he has been on over 40 expeditions and scaled eight of the world’s 14 eight-thousanders. He is the only person to have made the first winter ascent of four eight-thousanders. On 14 January 2005 he became the first non-Pole to achieve a winter ascent of one of the planet’s 14 highest peaks when he and Piotr Morawski scaled Shisha Pangma. On 9 February 2009 he and the then-Kazakh Denis Urubko climbed Makalu in alpine style. On 2 February 2011 he, Urubko and the American Cory Richards completed the first winter ascent of one of Pakistan’s five eight-thousanders, Gasherbrum II. And on 26 February 2016 he climbed Nanga Parbat with the Spaniard Alex Txikon and the Pakistani Muhammad Ali Sadpara.