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 MadrileƱo; 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.
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