Mountain climber Alex Gavan has announced on his Facebook account that he has accepted to collaborate “formally too, as personal advisor,” with Environment Minister Cristiana Pasca Palmer.
“Dear friends, as you know, apart from high-altitude results, I am very involved in various causes too, especially those related to the environment. And when I say “involved” I don’t have in mind that kind of shallow activism, but a solution-oriented approach. I see this kind of involvement not as an option but as a duty. A duty we all have toward ourselves and toward those dear to us. This is, in fact, one of the reasons why I accepted to collaborate formally too, as personal advisor, with Environment Minister Cristina Pasca Palmer. Without politics, just as reasonable or less reasonable like before too, in fact as you’ve seen me every time,” Gavan explained his decision.
Likewise, the Environment Minister wrote on her Facebook page: “I welcome Alex Gavan – a high-performing Romanian mountain climber and at the same time an active lover of the environment and of nature, values that we share – to my team of advisors.”
A promoter of climbing the highest peaks “through fair means,” Alex Gavan has so far conquered five 8,000-metre peaks in the Himalayas without the use of extra oxygen or sherpas.
He was the first Romanian to conquer three of the five summits: Shishapangma (8,027 m) in 2013, Makalu (8,463 m) in 2008, Gasherbrum 1 (8,068 m) in 2007. He was the second Romanian to conquer Manaslu (8,156 m) in 2011 and Cho Oyu (8,201 m) in 2006.
Gavan is still the youngest Romanian to climb an 8,000-metre peak – Cho Oyu in 2006, at the age of 24.
Alex Gavan’s results have been recognized through awards and distinctions: “Gold Medal for Merit in Sport” (Spain, 2008), two “Romanian Athlete of the Year for High-altitude Mountain Climbing” awards offered by the Romanian Mountain Climbing Federation and two nominations for the same award.
Alex Gavan is also a World Wildlife Fund ambassador in Romania.