RICARDO TORRES-NAVA: First Latin American to summit Mount Everest and to complete the double version of the Seven Summits.
Named “The Sportsman of the Century” by the Mexican government and awarded an special prize by former President Ernesto Zedillo. Also decorated as “Sportsman of the Year “ by former President Carlos Salinas. His page in Spanish is here
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Born in Nueva Rosita, Coahuila State, Mexico on December 23rd, 1954.
Professional mountain guide has worked for Mountain Travel-Sobek, American Alpine Institute, REI, Dav-Summit amongst others before founding “Tepehua Expeditions” his own adventure travel company.
Starting his climbing career at 11 years of age ascending Popo, Izta and Orizaba volcanoes in Mexico he has further achieve the following summits:
NORTH AMERICA: Mount Mc Kinley in Alaska , Mount Rainier in Washington State, Mt. Shasta in California,
First Mexican climbs to frozen cascades in the Canadian Rockies.
SOUTH AMERICA: Chimborazo, Cotopaxi and Tunguragua in Ecuador.
Huascaran in Peru.
Several mountains in the “Cordillera Real” in Bolivia.
Twelve expeditions and nine summits by different routes to Aconcagua, Argentina.
EUROPE: Two ascents to (South side ) Mt. Ararat, Turkey.
Several climbs on the Italian Dolomites.
Mt. Elbrus in Russia.
AFRICA: Mt. Kilimanjaro by the Heim Glacier (First Latin American and Mexican ascent by that route).
ASIA: Mt. Kinabalu in Borneo, Malasia.
Nanga San and Kala-Patar in Nepal.
Mount Everest. First Latin American and Mexican ascent. For this achievement the following awards were obtained: National Sportsman of the Year 1989, Sportsman of the Year (Press award) Herald of the Year to the Best on Sports. Special decoration of the Mexican Government.
Climber and Head of the Mexican Expedition to Broad Peak 1991, Climber and Head of the international expedition to K2 1992 including amongst the climbers Gary Ball and Rob Hall of New Zealand.
Member of the Russian -Mexican expedition to K2 1993 by the Chinese side (new route attempt) headed by Vladimir Balyverdin.
ANTARCTICA: Mt. Vinson
OCEANIA: Carstensz Pyramid or Irian Jaya in New Guinea
AUSTRALIA: Mt. Kosciusko
ALL THE “SEVEN SUMMITS (DOUBLE VERSION Carstensz and Kosciusko) WERE OBTAINED AT THE FIRST ATTEMPT.
Other Activities and Achievements:
First urban climb to the Stouffer-President Hotel (40 stories in height)
Head of the scuba diving projects to the Poop lagoon 5000 m.
Author of the book “ The Conquest of Everest” published by Ed. Diana, Mexico.
Co- author of the book “Seven Summits” Steve Bell editor published by Mitchell -Beazley, London.
Winner of the Ecological prizes “Selva Lacandona” and “Niccolo Macchiavelli” for its work on reforesting and cleaning the trekking sites in Pakistan from Askole to Concordia and Hushe to Concordia.
He has also participated in marathons and triathlons. He actually scuba dives, water skis, cycles, practices cross-country ski, downhill ski, swims and rides his Harley-Davidson.
Also he is involved in community projects dealing with juvenile leadership and fighting addictions.
He belongs to the Masorti (conservatory) Jewish Community in Mexico known as Bet-El where he is in charge of Special projects and events coordinating sports activities ranging from senior citizens to children camps.