Jaime Viñals Massanet (born November 17, 1966) is a Guatemalan mountaineer, the first person from Central America and Caribbean region ever to climb the Earth's highest peak, Mount Everest, after being reached the summit together with the american Andy Lakpass and the danish Asmus Noreslet on a expedition from New Zealand organized by Russell Brice, since then, is part of the select few to have reached the Seven Summits, the highest mountains of each of the seven (sub-)continents. also he has finished to climb the Seven Islands of the World.
Born in Guatemala City, Viñals studied biology at the Universidad de San Carlos. He began climbing locally in 1987, aged 26. Since then, he has climbed over 300 mountains in 42 countries.
Viñals first attempted to get to the top of Mount Everest in the spring of 1994. After having passed the 8,000 meters mark, the expedition was unsuccessful at reaching the summit due to the inclement weather, and had to return. The group, however, succeeded at establishing a new ascending route. Viñals returned to the Everest in the spring of 1999, climbing through the South Col route. While escalating, he injured himself, again unable to complete the ascent.
Viñals had climbed all the other peaks of the Seven Summits challenge, including the ones listed on alternate definitions of the summit list, but still had not reached the peak of Everest. In 2001, he attempted the ascent for the third time. Using the less frequented North Col as the climbing route, he and others reached the summit of the Everest on May 23. Viñals became the third Latin American person to climb to the peak of Everest and to complete the ascent to the Seven Summits, and the first from Central America or the Caribbean to achieve such feats.
In 2002, Viñals embarked on an attempt to climb the highest peak of each of the seven largest islands in the world. This project involves climbing the highest summit of the seven largest islands of the world:
|Greenland||Gunnbjørn Fjeld||3693 m|
|New Guinea||Wilhelm||4509 m|
|Baffin Island||Tête Blanche||2156 m|
Actually he is involved in a project called 50 MOST PROMINENCE SUMMITS OF THE WORLD, which means to climb all these mountains. As of March 2016 Jaime has reached 33 of them, making a few in the World who has done it.
For more details please visit http://www.peaklist.org
In 1995, Viñals was awarded the Orden del Quetzal from Guatemalan President Ramiro de León Carpio.