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British man helps La Laguna climber with his next unique challenge 

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The intrepid climber Juan Diego Amador has unveiled plans for his next expedition to the Indian Himalaya.

Details were revealed during a press conference in La Laguna where he was backed by many of his supporters, including the local council and Tenerife Cabildo.

His challenge is to climba mountain that remains unconquered. It is planned to record the expedition so that he can recall his adventure in an audiovisual format, as it has done on previous occasions.

Amador has always maintained strong links with La Laguna and is keen to stress the enjoyment and challenge of sport to young people.

He was hoping to have set up base camp by August 27th and then spent about a month exploring several valleys north of Padum in search of a mountain sufficiently attractive to undertake the climb.

“This is an exciting project with which I intend to achieve something different than usual, which I have been working for a year, to look for a place that remains unexplored. It is an expedition in which the uncertainty is maximum, since we only know where we will locate the base camp,” he revealed.

He said it was hard to believe that in this day and age, there were still places to tackle but the Indian Mountaineering Foundation had sent him a list with some peaks to conquer in the area of Kashmir.

“It seems that this region of the Himalayas remains largely unexplored due to the historic conflict between India and Pakistan, so until a few years ago no permits were granted to climb. I then did some research and found that Mik Fowler, a great British climber, had been in the region for the last few years. I located him and he very generously helped me to take the first steps. Since then they have been months of preparations to undertake this ambitious exploration moun-taineering project,” he revealed.

Juan Diego Amador’s partner will be David Perez, a Granada mountain guide who has shared expeditions in Nepal, Peru and the Alps.