Carstensz Pyramid Summiter
Make sure you read his climbing resume after his Seven summits list !
His Seven Summits list:
INTERNATIONAL CLIMBING BACKGROUND
1990 --- CAUCASUS : Elbrus East (5633m), Ushba-North summit (4700m)- one of the most difficult4000m-s in the world, Pic Sciurovski (4259m), Chatin-Tau W (4200m);
--- SAXON SWITZERLAND (Germany, Elbsandsteingebirge): Difficult rock climbing routes (6-8) ;
1991 --- CAUCASUS : Donguz Orun (4468m) first Romanian ascent, solo, 3 days, Ullu Tau W (4200m);
1992 --- HIMALAYA-KARAKORUM (Pakistan): Broad Peak (8047m), August 2 first Romanian 8000m ascent, the only ascent of Broad Peak in 1992: a mixed group of 1 Romanian, 2 Americans and 3 Spaniards out of 70 different alpinists from 14 countries (10 different expeditions);
1993 --- CAUCASUS : Nakra (4451m) first Romanian ascent, Keishi (3702m) first Romanian ascent, Nakra Donguz Orun Traverse (7 days) national first, Elbrus W (5642m)- The Roof of Europe 3hrs50, Pic Sciurovski (4259m)- The North Wall / Herghiani route (TD+, 3 days) first Romanian ascent;
1994 --- HIMALAYA : Everest (8848m) 8100m on a new route on the NNE Face (Tibet); several rescue actions for some climbers in trouble from Canada, US, Italy, New Zealand. International team including world famous woman high altitude climber Chantal Mauduit (France); Fair-Play Trophy(awarded by the Romanian Olimpic Committee );
---SWISS ALPS: Monte Rosa (4634m) the highest Swiss summit, first Romanian team ascent; Breithorn (4160m) NW Wall / Welzenbach route (TD+, 2 days)- first Romanian ascent, Matterhorn (4478m) and Rimpfischhorn (4199m) first Romanian ascent;
1995 ---AFRICA : Mount Kenya / Batian (5199m) 2-nd highest in Africa, - first Romanian ascent, Point Lenana (4985m), Kilimanjaro (5895m)-The Roof of Africa 2-nd Romanian ascent in a record time (2 days, 12hs effect.);
---HIMALAYA : Everest (8848m) The Roof of the World, North side (North Ridge/NE Ridge) first Romanian atop Mount Everest (17th of May), International team (Romania, N. Zealand, France, Canada, Finland, Nepal); Emerit Master of Sport (Romanian Youth and Sport Ministery); expedition led by Russell Brice (NZ) included Alison Hargreaves;
1996 ---CORDILLERA DE LOS ANDES (Argentina): Aconcagua(6985m)The Roof of South America and Cerro Cuerno (5462m) / SW Face (TD) first Romanian ascent;
---HIMALAYA (Nepal) : Dhaulagiri (8167m) the worlds 7-th highest mountain, NE Ridge. leader of a Romanian expedition , first ever to climb over 7500m; altitude reached=7850m; all high camps destroyed by 2 weeks storm.
1997 ---SCOTLAND : International Winter Climbing Meet organized by the British Mountaineering Council and the Scottish Sports Council; representatives of 26 countries all over the world; difficult mixed climbs on ice/rock/snow together with British climbers; conferences and symposium focused on mountain environment, adventure tourism and international mountaineering;
---ALASKA (USA) : McKinley=Denali (6194m), The Roof of North America, first Romanian team ascent in only 8 days from base camp /2200m to the top /6194m in severe arctic conditions; 3 days blocked at 11,000 ft camp.
1998 --HIMALAYA (Tibet): Cho-Oyu (8201m) the first Romanian attempt on a new variant of the worlds 6-th highest peak; altitude reached=7500m in bad, deteriorating weather (C.Lacatusu & Cornel Galescu);
--FRENCH ALPS / CHAMONIX-MONT BLANC: International Stage for Mountain Leaders organized by French Federation of Mountain and Climbing (FFME) and world famous National School of Ski and Alpinism (ENSA, France); rock and ice ascents in Mont Blanc area; Certificate of International Mountaineering Instructor;
--HIMALAYA (Tibet): Cho-Oyu (8201m) SOLO- the first Romanian successful self-supported 8000m expedition, first Romanian ascent of the mountain, the fastest Cho-Oyu ascent of the year in only 11 days since arriving in Base Camp (5500m) to the top (24th of September);
1999 --HIMALAYA (Nepal): Dhaulagiri (8167m), autumn season International team (11 members from 5 countries of 3 continents); successful expedition on the Mountain of Storms; in bad weather, Lacatusu reached the NE peak (8140m) of the summit ridge, alone; 2 other team mates made it to the summit a day before, then weather has changed dramatically; expedition led by Gary Pfisterer (US), fellow team member Ginette Harrison killed in avalanche 2 weeks later;
2000 --FRENCH ALPS International Winter Ice Fall Climbing Meet in Les Ecrins National Park; Member of the Access & Conservation commission of the UIAA (International Union of Alpinism Associations);
--NEW GUINEEA / IRIAN JAYA (Indonezia): Carstensz Pyramid (4884m) The Roof of Australia-Oceania, first
Romanian ascent, very difficult route (East Ridge/Messner line, probably first repeat, C. Lacatusu & Joby Ogwyn-USA).
2001 --ANTARCTICA Mount Vinson (4897m); 15 days on the White Continent. Summit reached on December, 10th. Last step of the Seven Highest Continental Summits project.