The only mountaineer in history to have reached four 8,000-meter peaks as first ascent and in COMPLETE winter season (starting after December 21st): Shisha Pangma (8,027 m), Makalu (8463 m), Gasherbrum II (8,035 m) and Nanga Parbat (8126 m). He has made nearly 70 mountaineering expeditions, has summited eight of the fourteen 8000 m. peaks and has summited Everest (8,848 m.) four times.
He is a helicopter pilot specialized in rescues in the Himalayas, and in 2012 carried out a long-line rescue on Tengkangpoche at over 6,400 m. Among his many awards, he received the “Pierre de Coubertin Fair Play Trophy” from UNESCO, the “David A. Sowles Award” from the American Alpine Club, and the Gold Medal for Civilian Valor from the President of the Italian Republic for the extreme and dangerous rescue he operated to the young British mountaineer Tom Moores on the west face of Lhotse (8,516 m.) in Nepal, alone, in the dark, with a very high avalanche risk and without oxygen. “Best of The Explorersweb” for the best mountaineering achievement and “Golden Piton Award” from the American magazine Climbing for the winter ascent of Gasherbrum II.
Author of thirteen books, including two dedicated to the corporate world ” I must because I can” (2017) and “The Invisible Team” (2021). His books have been translated into English, German, Spanish, and Polish.