Javier García Pajares
Javier is a blind and deaf person. He completed a double degree on Law and Business Administration and Management at the Autonomous University of Madrid and participated in the Erasmus+ international mobility programme at the Regent’s University of London. In 2017, he was awarded with an Erasmus+ Projects Quality Prize, as well as with a recognition award from the regional newspaper HOY de Extremadura*. On December 29th, 2017, he reached the highest peak of Mulhacen mountain in southern Spain. He currently works at the legal consultant’s office of Grupo ILUNION* and is a member of the Commission for Dactyls* Study and Development at ONCE*.
José Antonio García Regaña
Jose Antonio is Javier’s partner in adventures. He obtained a degree in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Madrid and works as a psychologist at ONCE since 1987. He was appointed president of the Mountaineering and Climbing Association of Extremadura in 2007, a position which he still holds. He has completed expeditions to Aconcagua (Argentina), Cotopaxi and Chimborazo (Ecuador), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Mera Peak (Himalaya), Lenin Peak (Tajikistan/Kyrgyzstan), Kang Yatze (Himalaya), Mount Kenya (climbing up to Batian Peak) and Cordillera Blanca (Peru), climbing up to Alpamayo peak through the French Direct route. Besides, he masters Traditional Climbing as the second climber and has practiced it in every mountain range in Spain; he has climbed north faces during winter seasons, mostly in Picos de Europa and Sierra de Gredos in central Spain, and has climbed several 4000-metre peaks in The Alps and Morocco. Lastly, he is the founder and vice-president of the ATABAL Foundation for Development Cooperation, as well as the founder of the ATABAL Association for Addiction Treatment.
Javier Gil Terrón
Javier has decided to join Javier García Pajares and José Antonio in their adventures. He is a sporting specialist in high mountaineering, canyoning and caving. Besides, he is the head of the canyoning area of the Mountaineering and Climbing Association of Extremadura. He offers his background and broad experience as an adventure guide in Africa and South America.
*Extremadura: southern and western region of Spain.
*Grupo ILUNION: ONCE’s unique business model that ultimately aims to generate quality employment for people with impairments.
* Dactyls: manual communication system for blind and deaf people, which consists in combining the Spanish manual alphabet and adapted signs from the Spanish sign language, that is, using both letters and signs at the same time on the palm of the hand.
*ONCE, Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles: national organization of Spanish blind people.