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.
Kristin Harila and her sherpa team on Dhaulagiri last week.

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Eric Gilbertson.

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Luis Stitzinger Found Dead on Kangchenjunga

Today, a sherpa team on Kangchenjunga found the lifeless...
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Everest Camp 4 Swamped with Trash

The high number of fatalities and rescues was not...
Kristin Harila smiles to the camera at some base camp, with red jacket and hood.

Kristin Harila Summits Dhaulagiri

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Team members stand in a parking lot with paper flower garlands around their necks.

Pakistan Action Begins With Nanga Parbat and Unclimbed Kharut II

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Stitzinger waves his hand from the summit in morning sun, with O2 and blue-yellow down suit.

Veteran 8,000m Skier Luis Stitzinger Missing on Kangchenjunga

On May 24, a group of mostly seasoned and...
Suhajda Szilard against mountain

It’s Over: Searchers Can’t Find Suhajda Szilard on Everest

The search for Suhajda Szilard, stranded on Everest since...
The snowy summit pyramid, with a well marked trail up the ridge and some tiny figures of climbers heading for the highest point in a sunny day.

Still No News from Everest About Suhajda Szilard

There is no news from the three sherpas who...
A helicopter lands at Camp 2 on Everest (6,400m)

Everest: Rescuers Hurry Toward Suhajda Szilard

A strong rescue team is climbing toward Suhajda Szilard,...
Climbers in a tight line marching upwards , all clipped to a fixed rope, on a summit ridge with wind plumes forming.

Everest Death Toll Approaches Highest Ever

In 2014, an avalanche killed 15 Nepali workers in...
Szilard smiles at taking a selfie showing himself and, in background, his red little tent and the Lhotse wall.

Suhajda Szilard at Foot of Everest’s Hillary Step, Barely Alive. He is Still Out There

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An outstanding peak on a jagged range, at sunrise.

More Kangchenjunga Summits, Some Without O2

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Selfie with anowy mountains in background on a sunny day. Jornet in light mountain clothes.

Kilian Jornet Survives Avalanche on Everest West Ridge Attempt

Kilian Jornet had a close call while attempting the...
Suhajda Szilard, holding a toy from his children.

Concern Grows For Suhajda Szilard on Everest

It's already noon in Nepal and there is no...
The climber with a helmet and air-warming mask, mountains shining in the sunlight behind.

Everest: Waiting for News from No-O2 Climber Suhajda Szilard

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Holecek and Bernat Safe in BC After Summiting Sura Peak

Marek Holecek and Matej Bernat reached the top of...
Kristin Harila smiling.

Kristin Harila Bags Everest and Lhotse Within Eight Hours

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headlamps form a line on a snowy ridge, near the summit of Everest, during the night.

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