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Atanas Georgiev Skatov

  • Born on 11.03.1978 in Sliven, Bulgaria.

  • High school in Sliven, Bulgaria.

  • Master’s degree in Plant Pro­tec­tion at the Agri­cul­tural uni­ver­sity of Plov­div, Bul­garia.

  • PhD degree at Hum­boldt Uni­ver­sity of Berlin, Germany.

  • Worked as a scientist, university teacher and a man­ager in the pri­vate sec­tor in Bul­garia and Germany.

  • A member of the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria since 2006.

  • 2010 – 2012 – Kom-Emine (650 km of E3) for three consecutive years.

  • 2012 – started practicing sports, including tourism, alpinism, climbing, cycling, swimming, yoga, jogging, skiing, dancing etc.

  • At the beginn­ing of 2012 all ani­mal prod­ucts were excluded from his menu as part of an experiment aiming to show whether one could live well on this diet and exercise his body and mind to the fullest at the same time.

  • Atanas Skatov has not eaten meat since January 2007. At the beginning of 2012, he completely stopped eating animal products and became vegan. From his school years until the summer of 2010 Atanas had not been actively involved in sports.

  • In 2013 and 2014, after becoming vegan, he managed to climb the highest peaks of Africa, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and Oceania and Antarctica in less than 24 months. He became the first vegan in the world to ever climb Everest.

  • On October 1, 2015, Atanas Skatov became the second vegan to successfully climb Manaslu, the eighth highest peak on the planet at 8165 meters.

  • climbed 11 peaks above 8000 metres, including Everest, on the North and South Faces, 2014, 2017.

  • climbed 4 peaks above 8000 metres in one calendar year in 140 days.

  • climbed the Seven Summits of all the continents.

  • fastest Bulgarian ascent of two peaks above 8000 metres – Everest and Lhotse, in May, 2017, 5 days and 12 hours.

  • fastest Bulgarian expedition to a peak above 8000 metres – Makalu, 8481, in 94 hours.

  • first Bulgarian to have taken part in 4 expeditions to summits above 8000 m in 90 days –  Anapurna, Dhaulagiri, Makalu and Gash2 in 2016.

  • first Bulgarian to have taken part in 20 expeditions in 7 years, 13 of which to peaks above 8000 metres.

  • first vegan in the world to have climbed a peak above 8000 metres without the use of oxygen – Cho Yu, 8201 metres, on 13.05.2018.

  • fastest Bulgarian to have climbed one, two, three, five, seven and ten peaks above 8000 metres.

  • Bulgarian sportsman of the month for May 2014 and May 2018 – Golden Bulgaria.

  • Honorary citizen of Sliven.

  • for his environmental work Atanas Skatov was declared Green Personality of 2019.

  • Gold Medal of Honour from the Mayor of Varna, August 2019.

  • Silver Falcon for Courage and Virility, September 2019.

  • Varna sportsman of the year for 2019.

  • Medal of Honour of the Bulgarian Tourism Association.

More about Skatov

Until the sum­mer of 2010 I hadn’t been involved in any phys­i­cal exer­cise for the pre­vi­ous 14 years.
I do not con­sume meat since Jan­u­ary 2007, and fish since Decem­ber 2009. In the begin­ning of 2012 I excluded from my menu all ani­mal prod­ucts. I wanted to exper­i­ment with myself – to see the response of my phys­i­cal body. The results were more than per­fect in the first cou­ple of months, I felt great strength and as each day passed I became more healthy, agile and strong. And that was the time when the idea came to me – to start my own project.

The goal of this project is to make a research, which to show, if a reduc­tion in the con­sump­tion of meat and ani­mal prod­ucts is healthy and will not affect the phys­i­cal and men­tal qual­i­ties of human life. On the con­trary — to show that with­out the con­sump­tion of ani­mal prod­ucts, the human body func­tions much bet­ter and can achieve higher phys­i­cal and men­tal results. I intend to prove that by prac­tic­ing the most stres­ful sport activ­i­ties — high alti­tude climb­ing. I have no coaches or teach­ers, I learn every­thing by myself.

I need funds for com­ple­ting my project.
The goal of the project is to climb all the 14×8000 sum­mits for very short period of time in order to fur­ther ana­lyze how my phys­i­cal and men­tal body will behave in such stress­ful envi­ron­ment. Dur­ing the entire project i will make the respec­tive med­ical exam­i­na­tions and they will be pub­lished for the needs of the research.

The con­sump­tion of meat and meat pro­duc­tion is one of the major sources pol­lut­ing the Earth. The pro­duc­tion of food for the ani­mals takes 50% of the agri­cul­tural land. The gas methanе pro­duced by them is the biggest destroyer of the ozone layer. As the human pop­u­la­tion is increas­ing‚ the con­sump­tion of meat is going up too, but the land is lim­ited.

My main idea is that mankind could reduce the con­sump­tion of meat and meat prod­ucts in order to release free land for pro­duc­tion of plants food. I do want to do some­thing for our Planet. I care very much about the future of our chil­dren and would like to show every­one, that to live healthy and suc­cess­ful life as Vegan is com­pletely pos­si­ble. Up to now I was able, with my own sav­ings and a few spon­sors, to com­plete Seven Summits project. The 14×8000 project requires much more funds as the costs for per­mits for sum­mits, air­way tick­ets and expe­di­tion are very sig­nif­i­cant.

For this rea­son, I am kindly ask­ing for your sup­port and would be glad if you become part of my mis­sion to save our Planet Earth!

Together we could make it hap­pen (take real action to do it instead of just talk­ing about it!)

World­wide, Atanas Ska­tov will be the first vegan to imple­ment such a  project.

Qomolangma 2014