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.
The climbers on rock climbing gear raise their arms on a summit.

The Ogre Team Opens New Route On Nearby Baintha Kabata

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A climber on steep, mixed terrain, climbs up a snow ramp.

Climbers on Latok II Progress Slowly in Bad Weather

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The climbers take a selfie on a top i a sunny day, with helmets and sunglasses.

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Andrzej Bargiel approaches the Gasherbrums, portrait

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This year's K2 season is unfolding with lots of...
Harila smiles to the camera with frosted hair at one side, under hood and woolen cap.

For the Record: Kristin Harila and Tenjen Sherpa’s 14×8,000m Highlights

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The peak as seen on sunset light, the East Pillar in the shade.

The Ogre Wins Again: No-Go on Baintha Brakk I

The Ogre gained its fearsome name for a reason....
A climber at the Bottleneck, a hard snow couloir, clipped to a fixed rope, and the great serac looming above.

K2: Pakistani Porter Dies at the Bottleneck

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The sherpa team at the final ramp leading to the summit of K2 this morning.

Kristin Harila and Tenjen Sherpa Summit K2 in Risky Conditions

The long, hazardous journey for the rope-fixing team on...
Andrzej Bargiel portrait

Bargiel Skis Gasherbrum I, Completes All Karakoram 8,000’ers

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Pressure Mounts on K2

K2 climbers are jamming Camps 2 and 3 and...
The climbers smile to the camera wearing helmets and rope crossed over their chests.

A Quiet Spanish Pair Bag the First Ascent of Kharut II

Two Spanish climbers, flying under the radar, have made...
Mingma takes a selfie showing him and a group of climbers progressing on mixed terrain in background, on a foggy day.

K2: Heavy Snow Delays Rope Fixers, Harila in Camp 2

The rope-fixing team on K2 has spent all day...
the climbers stand with a landscape of crops behind and, in the background, the snowy shillouette of Tirich Mir in the haze.

Hiraide and Nakajima Summit Tirich Mir

They made it! Kazuya Hiraide and Kenro Nakajima summited...
Cardell raise her fist in triumph, while Urubko looks at her, on a cloudy summit.

Karakoram Season Nears Finale With Urubko’s New Route, Harila’s 14th

The season is approaching its -- hopefully grand --...
Simon Messner takes a selfie that shows himself on a very steep snow ramp, and Martin Sieberer progressing further up in similar terran, without a rope.

Martin Sieberer on the First Ascent of Yernamandu Kangri

From Skardu, Martin Sieberer spoke to ExplorersWeb about his...
Queue toward the summit of Everest

So Why Do We Keep Reporting on 8,000’ers, Anyway?

We like to think of the Himalaya as a...
Harila smiles to the camera with frosted hair at one side, under hood and woolen cap.

Harila Tops Out On Broad Peak

This morning, Kristin Harila, Tenjen Lama Sherpa, and the...
Three very thin climbers in Base Camp.

Confirmed: Muchu Chhish’s Summit Still Untouched

Despite a huge effort and nine days on the...
A climber on steep, mixed tearrain, the glacier down below at his feet.

An Uncertain Summit Push Starts On K2

The weather on K2 is not ideal, but the...
The climber, alone, reaches a snow summit ridge above a sea of clouds, skis on his back.

VIDEO: Andrzej Bargiel Skis Gasherbrum II

Twenty-four hours after Andrzej Bargiel carved turns down the...
head-cam shot showing Bargiel skis and the steep snow ridge ahead of him.

Ski Descents from Gasherbrum II and Broad Peak

Andrzej Bargiel and Anna Tybor, both from Poland, carved...
Two tents on a small snowfield in the middle of steep , rocky terrain.

Muchu Chhish: Climbers Back in Base Camp

The Czech team attempting Muchu Chhish is back in...

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