Category Archives: mountaineering

Nepal’s Upper Mustang – Phu Valley Traverse Via Saribung La: Planning and Preparation

Related Posts: Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit – Is It Still Worth Doing? The High Passes of Everest Trek – From Lukla To Namche To Chhukhung When it comes to hiking and trekking, nothing comes close to Nepal! Age-old trails going up … Continue reading

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Climbing Volcán Osorno In Chile’s Lakes Region

Volcán Osorno – Basic Background Each year about 600 climbers summit this glacier-capped stratovolcano (8701’ / 2652m  ) at the south-east end of Llago Llanquihue. On a clear summer morning the reward is an incredible panoramic view of a slice of … Continue reading

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Finding A Good Place To Pitch A Tent

When you’re on the move – hiking, mountaineering, canoeing – circumstances often dictate what small patch of the great outdoors you’ll be calling  home for the night. Sometimes the sheer beauty of the spot convinces you to stop moving for the … Continue reading

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Trekking Bolivia’s Cordillera Real – Maps, Basic Info, and Planning Advice

Previous Post: Getting Real High in Bolivia – La Paz, Lake Titicaca, and The Cordillera Real Over the past decade I have had the good fortune – as well as the time and fitness and available cash! – to trek and climb … Continue reading

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A Walk Across The Roof Of Europe – The Monte Rosa Traverse

Standing on the top of Breithorn, our easy ascent for the first day, we took in some of the incredible route which lay ahead of us.  We were in the Pennine Alps above the mountain town of Zermatt at the beginning … Continue reading

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“Assez Difficile”: Climbing the Granite Spires of the Bugaboos

Why Go? :  Bugaboo Glacier Provincial Park in British Columbia contains within its boundaries some of the finest rock climbing in the world.  Thrusting up into the sky from their glacier surroundings is a cluster of awesome granite spires – beautiful … Continue reading

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Base Camp Quito: Climbing the Three Highest Peaks of Ecuador’s “Avenue of the Volcanoes”

Previous Post: Base Camp Quito: Getting High On Ecuador’s “Avenue of The Volcanoes” Part One of my posts on Quito and climbing in Ecuador (click above)  deals with the city of Quito and my acclimatization plan to make climbing the following three … Continue reading

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Base Camp Quito: Getting High On Ecuador’s “Avenue of The Volcanoes”

The phone call from Alaska Mountain Guides was unexpected – and  the news was not good.  The voice  informed me that the up-coming  early – February Ecuadorian Andes mountaineering trip was cancelled due to the illness of the guide, who apparently … Continue reading

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From The Welsh Lakes to the Olive Hut: A Three-Day Circuit in the Purcell Mountain Range of British Columbia

(very) approximate route of our Welsh Lakes/Catamount circuit – click here and enter “Welsh Creek” to see a map that shows the Welsh Creek Trail . there was also a brochure available when I first wrote this post but oddly enough online information is now more difficult to access than before. The brochure is just plain gone, another casualty of progress! Continue reading

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Trekking and Climbing in the Peruvian Andes – The Santa Cruz and Ishinca Valleys

Previous Post: Walking The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu One evening I was in Cuzco unpacking my Machu Picchu stuff and getting ready for the flight to Lima the next morning; twenty-four hours later I was at Olaza’s Bed and … Continue reading

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