Our meeting with Javier was completely random and lucky. Indeed, during our trip in March 2019 to Lapland, returning from an excursion to Riisitunturi National Park, we found ourselves sharing the shelter for the night with this incredible character, with whom we immediately managed to “melt the ice” thanks to a toast to Varnelli!
Javier Camacho, 48 years old, alpinist, specialized photographer of high mountains, natural landscapes and travel. A member of the “Asociacion Espanola de Fotografos de Naturaleza”, he boasts photographic expeditions in several mountain ranges Hymalaya, Karakorum, Andes, Ural, Tian Shan, Alps, Arctic or African continent, making ascents on 5 of the 7 highest peaks on the continents. He participated in 7 expeditions to mountains over 8000 m, climbing the Lhotse y el Cho Oyu, of 8516m and 8201m respectively, the fourth and sixth highest peak in the world, without the use of artificial oxygen and Everest, the highest mountain on the planet. He has also climbed equally well-known peaks as Ama Dablam, Alpamayo, Khan Tengr, Mckinley, Cervino, and many others.
He is an ambassador of the Olympus brand of photographic products and the Lucroit filter company. He has obtained over 200 awards in several photography competitions internationally, including 2 honorable mentions in Aspheric, collaborating with various publications specialized in the mountains, projecting numerous audiovisual photography throughout the Spanish territory. He has realized various collective and individual photographic exhibitions, participating in many photographic events. He describes himself as a “great dreamer”, a “lover” of extreme nature, landscape, light of sunrise and sunset, silence and starlight. He is also passionate about discovering beautiful mountain peaks, such as the Dolomites that he has visited 4 times in the last 2 years to make a photo video.
“Photography has always accompanied my passion for the mountains, with a camera always ready in the backpack, initially to document the climbs that I realized, then, little by little, becoming the protagonist, important almost as the summit of the mountain itself. Photography shapes the path to the goal and this is as beautiful as, or more than, the summit itself. It allows you to enjoy unique moments often overlooked by many alpinists, such as sunrise or sunset above the majestic peaks or a Milky Way. This allows me to capture these experiences forever and be able to show them to those who will never be able to enjoy what I experienced, what nature gives.”
He greets us with a “small selection” of these landscapes and mountains with which…
…. ONE DAY HE DREAMED