There is nothing ordinary about Josu Feijoo, a 47-year-old mountaineer from Vitoria, in the Basque Country – except perhaps that like millions of people around the world he has type 1 diabetes. He lives by his own maxim: the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. A glance at his curriculum tells us that Josu has had more than a few dreams, and he has believed in them enough to transform them into reality. A tremendously proud people, Basques are not known for their modesty but they are admired and respected the world over for their strength – physical and emotional – and in this sense, Josu, again, is just another vasco. But he is also an extraordinary athlete, who has taken himself to places most of us will only ever see on a screen; and he has pushed himself to daunting and dangerous physical and emotional limits. He has gained himself a place among the world’s mountaineering élite – he is recognized as one of the most hardened adventurers on Earth. And now he wants to take a massive step beyond.