Alberto Iñurrategi


The second Spaniard and Basque and 10th person to climb the 14 eight-thousanders.

Alberto Iñurrategi Iriarte (November 3, 1968) is a Basque Spanish mountaineer born in Aretxabaleta, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (Spain), 3 November 1968. In the year 2002, he became the second Spaniard and Basque (after Juanito Oiarzabal) and 10th person to climb the 14 eight-thousanders.

He was 33 years old when he completed the eight-thousanders making him the youngest person to climb all 14. 12 of the peaks were climbed with his brother Felix who died on the descent of Gasherbrum II. Iñurrategi climbed the peaks in an Alpine style using few lines or sherpas and no bottled oxygen making him the fourth person to have climbed all 14 peaks without bottled oxygen. In collaboration with other climbers he has produced several climbing documentaries such as Annapurna: sueño y vacío, Gure Himalaya and Hire Himalaya.

A fierce critic of the journalistic trivialization of the world of mountaineering, Alberto has been able to transmit the values of alpinism through meticulously‐made documentaries, books and slideshows that reveal his deep respect for an activity that loses all its value when misunderstood or poorly explained.