Alexandru Găvan

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Alex Găvan (born 19 May 1982) is a leading Romanian mountaineer specializing in Himalayan climbing of 8000 meter peaks without using supplemental oxygen or sherpa support in his ascents. By now Alex had successfully climbed six 8000 meter peaks. Since 2006, Alex runs a special project to climb all fourteen 8000 meter mountains in the world. At the present moment, he is the first Romanian climber to reach the summit of Gasherbrum I, Makalu and Shishapangma. His other three successful climbs of Cho Oyu, Manaslu and Broad Peak are second Romanian ascents. In 2006, with the successful ascent of Cho Oyu, Alex became at 24 years old the youngest Romanian ever to have climbed an eight thousand meter peak and was among the few who freely spoke about the Nangpa La shootings.[1] He was awarded with "The 2007 Romanian Sportsman of the Year in High Altitude Mountaineering" by the Romanian Federation of Alpinism and Sport Climbing for the first Romanian ascent of Gasherbrum I.[2]

8000 m+ mountains summited[edit]

  • 2006: Cho Oyu (8.201 m) - second Romanian ascent, without bottled oxygen [3]
  • 2007: Gasherbrum I (8.080 m) – first Romanian ascent, without bottled oxygen, alpine style [4]
  • 2008: Makalu (8.485 m) – first Romanian ascent, without bottled oxygen [5][6]
  • 2011: Manaslu (8.156 m) – second Romanian ascent, without bottled oxygen [7][8]
  • 2013: Shishapangma (8.027 m) - first Romanian ascent, without bottled oxygen
  • 2014: Broad Peak (8.047 m) - second Romanian ascent, without bottled oxygen

Other notable ascents[edit]

Notes[edit]

In 2007 and 2008, Alexandru Găvan attempted Gasherbrum II (8.034 m), but due to bad weather and high risk of avalanches, he was forced to retreat, both times, at 7.000 m.[9]

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