When Carlos Soria stated that there was a life after retirement, he meant that he was going to live it to the full. As soon as Soria was vaccinated against Covid-19 after his age group were called up in Spain, the veteran climber took the first flight to Nepal where he acclimatised in the valley of Khumbu before taking on the Dhaulagiri. Climbing this peak would make it his 13th 8,000m peak at a record breaking age of 82. It would also mark the end of a duel that has lasted nearly 40 years and would be his 12th attempt at climbing “the white mountain”, in the same vein as Captain Ahab’s hunt for Moby Dick.
However, it wouldn’t be fair to compare Carlos to a man obsessed by the pursuit of an uncatchable whale : during Carlos’s long
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