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Carsolio, Carlos

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Carlos Carsolio Larrea was born 4 October 1962 in Mexico City.  He is a Mexican mountain climber known for being the fourth man (first non-European) and the second youngest to climb the world's 14 eight-thousander mountain peaks, all of them without supplementary oxygen.  The only time he required  emergency oxygen was on his descent from Makalu in 1988. 

Carsolio was the eldest of seven children.  His mother was a keen climber herself and when she was pregnant with Carlos climbed Iztaccíhuatl (5,220 meters) despite her doctor's warnings. His first ascents were in Mexico: Pico de Orizaba, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. In the early 1980s Carsolio climbed the nose of El Capitan in Yosemite, California.

At age 22, Carsolio climbed Reinhold Messner's tough south face route of Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas at 6,962 meters (22,841 ft). He then traveled to Patagonia in 1990 with his friend Andrés Delgado to make the first Mexican ascent of Cerro Torre, considered to be one of the world's most difficult mountains to climb because of its great 800 meters (2,625 ft) granite wall.

Carsolio climbed his first eight-thousander with Jerzy Kukuczka. They climbed Nanga Parbat on July 13, 1985, with a Polish expedition, led by Pawel Mularz.

Carsolio then climbed Shisha Pangma. Carsolio and Elsa Ávila were the first Mexicans to reach the peak.  His solo ascension of Makalu on October 12, 1988 was the third eight-thousander in Carsolio's career. He required rescue and emergency oxygen on the descent.  On May 12, 1992 Carsolio made the summit of Kangchenjunga climbing solo. The sixth eight-thousander for Carsolio was K2 on 13 June 1993.  On April 26, 1994, Carsolio reached the summit of Cho Oyu, establishing a speed record: ascent from base camp in 18 hours and 45 minutes. He also climbed Lhotse on May 13, 1994; Annapurna on April 25 1995, Dhaulagiri on May 15, Gasherbrum II on July 4 and Gasherbrum I on July 15. 

Carlos attempted Manaslu with Kukuczka in 1986, but abandoned the attempt after suffering both freezing fingers and toes; he nearly lost his life on this expedition.  On 12 May 1996, however, Carlos and his younger brother, Alfredo, made the summit of Manaslu .

And Carlos Carsolio has had his share of interesting spiritual experiences

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