Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Title: High-Altitude Mountaineering and Climbing journalist
Location: Madrid, Spain
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  • Topics of Expertise: High-altitude mountaineering, climbing, alpinism, ski, ski-mountaineering, profiles and interviews
  • Years in This Expertise: 20+

Education & Certifications

  • Education: Bachelor degree in Journalism, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Master\’s degree in Spanish as a Foreign Language, by University of Alcala de Henares
  • Years of Writing: 25+
  • Certifications: Cambridge University\’s Certificate of Proficiency in English, several academic certifications in the field of Education and Communication
  • Club or Association Memberships: Club Alpino Madrileño; Spanish Mountaineering Federation, researcher at UNED for European Commission\’s ECO Project
  • Books: Cumbre! Los 14 ochomiles de Edurne Pasaban (Summit! Edurne pasaban\’s 14 8000\’ers)
  • Awards: Several trophies in ski-mountaineering\’s local competitions: Madrid, Asturias, Catalonia, etc.
  • Previous Publications: ExplorersWeb between 2004 and 2013 and 2018 and the present moment; AlpineMag,, CampoBase magazine, Diario Marca, Radio Marca, diario El Mundo del S. XXI,agencia EFE, etc.

A Word from Angela Benavides

  • Why Author Chose This Career: This career chose me
  • How Author Began Career: I was a journalist dreaming of becoming an international correspondent and a passionate but inexperienced mountaineer, when I was hired by a national sport newspaper where everybody were soccer experts, but no one had any experience in reporting about outdoors or mountain sports. Then, one job led to another in the same field. I tried to scape but eventually always returned to the paper/radio/virtual mountains.
  • Personal Interests: Amazingly, I still love the mountains. Reading, geopolitics, long chats with friends over dinner and at hiking, skiing or cycling, travelling – in the rare periods in which I have time enough to leave my computer for a while.
dirt road in Nepal

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Annapurna north side face with the broken glacier in front and the summit in background, under a blue sky.

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Peter Hamor treks in the Khumbu

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The climbers raise their fists, with trolleys heavily loaded with duffel bags by their sides.

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The Nepal Tourism Board's vague announcement banning independent trekkers...
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Solo Trekking Banned In Nepal, Except Around Everest

The era of solo trekking has ended in Nepal....
Climbers approach Everest South Col.

Himalayan Buzz: Special Permits for Tibet? Plus: More on the O2 Debate

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Everest Without Oxygen 2023 Preview

So far, we know of four people who will...
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Exclusive: Jost Kobusch Explains His Denali Descent Route

We caught up with Jost Kobusch during a change...
Route-fixing the Khumbu Icefall in 2021.

Everest Prep Begins, Icefall Doctors on Their Way

Climbers are not there yet, but Everest's South Side...
A climber on a vertical wall, the frozen sea with the low winter sun at his feet.

Tomaszewski and Haldas: Greenland Climbing Report

Three weeks after arriving on Greenland's west coast, Marcin...
Cazzanelli on a summit ridge, snowcapped peaks all around.

Francois Cazzanelli: ‘We Are the Instagram Climbing Generation, in a Good Way’

New lines or first winter ascents are coming almost...
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Jost Kobusch Back in Talkeetna

Back in Talkeetna after the bush plane finally picked...
Climber maneuvres on the vertical rock wall, Greenland's ice in background.

New Winter Route on Greenland’s Big Walls

Twenty-six days had passed without news from Marcin Tomaszewski...
the climbers wave from the middle of a seemingly endless rock face.

A Winter Repetition of Cazzanelli’s Landmark Matterhorn Route

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Jerome Perruquet...
Tiny figure of Kobusch dragging his sled on a huge flat glacier, mountains in front of him.

Denali: Jost Kobusch Reaches Pickup Spot

The summit is only halfway, especially on Denali. Jost...
The peaks, quite dry, in a bright sunlingt.

A First Glimpse of 2023 Everest & the 8,000m Spring Season

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Kobusch Safe: Denali Winter Summit Confirmed

Finally, there's good news from winter Denali, where Jost...
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Updated, 9pm ET: Kobusch has reached his high camp...
Close shot of Vedrines with white helmet and orange jacket.

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