JESÚS CALLEJA

Jesús González Calleja (Fresno de la Vega, León, April 11, 1965) is a Spanish mountaineer and adventurer; among its landmarks include the ascension in 2005 to Mount Everest (8,848 meters) and the ascent between 2006 and 2008 of the Seven Summits (the highest mountains of each continent, North America and Antarctica). It is pilot of plane and helicopter . It also presents and stars in the Extreme Challenge program of the Cuatro and Energy television channels. Born on July 11, 1965 in the town of Fresno de la Vega, Jesus Calleja is the second child of Julian and Maria Jesus. As a child, his father read him about the expeditions of Edmund Hillary to Mount Everest, Ernest Shackleton to Antarctica, and other adventurers like Roald Amundsen, Robert Peary or Robert Falcon Scott.3 He soon fell in love with the mountain; as a child, while his father and brother were fishing, he preferred to go exploring in the mountains with more than once the night over, having to organize some whipping to find him. To the west of Naranjo de Bulnes. His passion for climbing began in the train of Matallana in which he traveled with thirteen years to enjoy the mountains of León (in places like Aviados, Pedrosa or Vegacervera), as Peña Ubiña, where he tried his first walls.2 Then he arrived El Naranjo de Bulnes, where he has climbed five different routes on the west side, including the Directissima. At 21 he made his first visit to the mountains of the Himalayas.

For a time he worked in his native land as a hairdresser, like most of his family in León, and later co-owned the family car shop run by his younger brother, Kike Calleja. Meanwhile, and for 16 years, he was working as a guide on expeditions in the Himalayas and the Alps for a trekking and climbing agency in Spain. This allowed him, among other things, to ascend numerous peaks such as the Stok-Kangri (6,150 m), the Randung-Go (6,000 m) or the one named by him as the Lion Peak (6,300 m), as well as trying to climb the Labuche Kang II (7,072 m). His relationship with Nepal, whose language he dominates, exceeds that of the mere lover of the mountain, since he has traveled there more than 60 times.