Outdoor Icons: Pasquale Scaturro

July 27, 2011
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While many people of Pasquale “PV” Scaturro’s generation may soon be thinking about retirement after spending 25 years or more dedicated to a particular trade, Scaturro — an expedition leader, adventurer and geophysicist — is just getting started. But what would you expect from someone whose heroes include 19th-century British explorers Samuel Baker and Richard Francis Burton, with whom Scaturro shares a fervent connection for exploring Africa.

If there’s a “first” to be accomplished on the world’s highest mountain peaks or most tumultuous rivers, or a mission to be had in a remote, lawless part of the world, the first thing you’ll likely hear from Scaturro is “When do we get started?”

Scaturro’s days are peppered with inspirational speaking engagements around the corporate world, but he spends the vast majority of his time exploring the far reaches of the planet, making documentary films about his expeditions and adventures and exploring for oil and gas as one of the world’s most sought-after geophysicists.

Among Scaturro’s noteworthy mountaineering accomplishments —including leading expeditions to Aconcagua, K2, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Gasherbrum II, the North Face of the Eiger, and three expeditions to Mount Everest, one momentous achievement was conceiving, organizing and leading the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) 2001 Everest Expedition, which Time magazine called one of the most successful Mount Everest expeditions in history. “Farther Than the Eye Can See,” the documentary film made about the feat, captured Erik Weihenmayer as the first blind climber to reach the summit.

Always one willing to push the limits — whether challenged by the planet’s own elements or the boundaries in one’s own mind and body — Scaturro also led an equally awe-inspiring journey up Mount Everest with his own son, Adam Scaturro. Adam became a quadriplegic as a result of a wrestling accident in high school and then trekked to Mount Everest Base Camp as part of the NFB Expedition.

“As successful as the NFB Expedition was with Erik, the fact that Adam made it all the way to base camp was an achievement that I could only have dreamt of at the time of his injury. It was a testament to what the human body and spirit can achieve,” said Scaturro.

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