Climbing Volcán Osorno In The Chilean Lakes Region. 

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

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

Base Camp Quito Part One: Getting High On Ecuador’s “Avenue of the Volcanoes”

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

From The Welsh Lakes To The Olive Hut: A Three-Day Circuit in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia

Getting Real High In The Peruvian Andes 

Trekking and Climbing In The Peruvian Andes – The Santa Cruz & Ishinca Valleys

My series of posts on a trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro is in the hiking/trekking folder. Getting to Uhuru Peak does not require any mountaineering equipment or skills. It is essentially a high-altitude walk. Click here for the first of the posts.

2 Responses to Mountaineering

  1. Peter Hallinan says:

    Hi. I have just found your images and descriptions of surviving high in the Andes in Getting Real High in The Peruvian Andes. I am writing a novel which involves a sort of research camp in the Andes and I have no idea what such a camp would comprise. Would you have time for me to ask a few questions? All I can offer in return is a credit in the book plus a disclaimer in case I misrepresent what you tell me!

    • true_north says:

      Peter, there is nothing remarkable about being at 4000 to 5000 meters in the Andes. Given a gradual ascent and adequate hydration, the human body is able to adapt to the thinner air. It is really only when you hit the Death Zone (8000 meters and up) that the body is no longer able to adapt. Everest Base Camp is at 5360 meters and people spend a couple of months there preparing for their Everest summit.

      Let me know what the purpose of this research camp is. I am assuming it is for something other than acclimatization. Send a few questions and I will do my best to answer them. My email address is

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