‘Harrowing’ stories shared

Italian mountaineer Simone Moro. PHOTO: CORY RICHARDS
Italian mountaineer Simone Moro. PHOTO: CORY RICHARDS
Mountaineering legend Simone Moro will be sharing stories of his adventures at this year’s NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival. 

Festival director Mark Sedon suggests ‘‘wearing an extra puffy jacket when you come along to hear Moro speak as his stories will be chilling and harrowing’’. 

Moro featured in the 2011 film Cold alongside American climber Cory Richards and Russian-Polish climber Denis Urubko as they made the first winter ascent of one of Pakistan’s 8000m peaks. Moro went on to make three more winter ascents on 8000m  peaks, a feat that no other climber has been able to match. 

Mr Sedon said he was thrilled to have Moro speaking at the event. 

‘‘He’s a mountaineering legend — it’s hard enough climbing at 8000m, but you have to be a bit crazy to even imagine climbing something like that in winter.’’ 

Moro’s achievements within high-altitude mountaineering were matched only by his feats of bravery, Mr Sedon said. 

In 2001, Moro abandoned his own attempt of the Everest-Lhotse Traverse, to save English climber Tom Moores who was stuck on the west face of Lhotse. He endured horrific conditions in darkness, on his own with an extremely high risk of avalanche and without supplementary oxygen. 

Moro was also the first European helicopter pilot qualified to fly in Nepal and has completed numerous rescue operations from the air. 

Moro will speak in Wānaka on Saturday, June 22, and Queenstown on Thursday, June 27. 

He is one of 17 speakers at this year’s festival.