EXPEDITION LEADERS

Luis Pablo García Coronado

Jordan 2022

A physiotherapist with 22 years of practice at the La Paz Hospital in Madrid, Carlos III and Cantoblanco. Manager of sports facilities and events since 2012. A lifetime linked to sport and its challenges: 7 Ironman, more than 20 Half Ironman, 7 marathons with personal best of 2:38, one of the 15 people in the world to complete an Ultraman Non Stop in 36 hours (10 km swimming, 420 km biking, 84 km running) and the most recent Finisher on Kilometrocero, Madrid-Finisterre on a bike and self-sufficiently in 100 hours. He was also deputy head of the Pelayo Vida Annapurna Bike 2017 Challenge.

Pilar Casares

66 Norte 2021

A deep-sea skipper, with a degree in Chemistry and a technical degree in Naval Mechanics, she has been the manager of Bigboy Náutica since 2009. It provides nautical, rigging and charter qualifications. As a sailor, she has participated in major projects, such as the “Estrella Galicia”, Admiral’s Cup, Comodores Cup, Middle Sea Race, La Duecento of Lignano … “It is an honour for me to have been chosen as the head of the Pelayo Vida Challenge and to be able to lead these five brave women to the Arctic Circle. Their life force already sets an example for all of us”, says Pilar.

Ángela Pumariega

Tour of Spain 2020

Olympic champion at the London 2012 Olympic Games, teaming up with Tamara Echegoyen and Sofía Toro, in the Match Race modality, with Elliot 6 class boats. In the 21st Olympiad, she was part of the Olympic Sailing Team, in the 470 class, but she did not manage to be the Spanish representative at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. She is currently competing alongside Sofía Toro to qualify for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. In 2017, she won the Spanish championship in the women’s 470 class. In 2013, she was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit.

Rosa Fernández

Andes 2019

A Spanish climber born in Asturias in 1960. She has summited 6 of the 14 eight-thousanders, including Mount Everest. To date, she is the only Spanish woman to complete the 7 Summits Project, climbing the highest mountains on all continents (Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Oceania and Antarctica). The mountain ranges of the Andes, Himalayas, Pyrenees, Caucasus, Alps and the Karakoram have been the setting of this mountaineer’s expeditions for two decades. In 2015, she was an expedition member in the first edition of the Pelayo Vida Challenge, with Kilimanjaro as its destination.

Miguel Silvestre

Annapurna Bike 2018

“My work and life go hand in hand. The bicycle has taken me around the world. I have participated in mountain bike races all over the world: Mongolia, South Africa, Morocco, New Zealand, Canada, United States, Chile …”

 

 

Ramón Larramendi

Polar 2017

All in all, he has lived six years in the Arctic and speaks some Inuit language fluently. He is undoubtedly the Spaniard who knows the Arctic best, especially Greenland, where he owns a house. In addition to his expeditions, Ramón is passionate about knowledge and dissemination about the polar regions and boasts the best library in Spain on the subject, compiled over more than twenty years and made available to the public through the Polar Information Centre, which he founded in 1993.

Diego Fructuoso

Trasatlántica 2016

He has always been linked to Olympic sailing, mainly in the Finn and Star classes. He sailed alongside the Olympic champion José María Van der Ploeg, hence becoming European runners-up in 2002. He participated on board Team Telefónica in the Volvo Ocean Race (2011-2012). He paraded at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as national coach in the Finn class. He has coached the Olympic teams of China, Brazil, Switzerland and Mexico. In 2016, he headed the Trasatlántica, the 2nd edition of the Pelayo Vida Challenge, in which five women cancer survivors crossed the Atlantic.

Ismael Santos

Kilimanjaro 2015

A former Real Madrid basketball player, his first contact with the mountains took place in the Dolomites in 2001, when he was still a professional basketball player. It was love at first sight, and he knew from that moment on that his life would be linked to them forever. He felt like they were hiding something different and special and he wanted to find out what it was.