climbers on Pigeon Spire in the Bugaboos

climbers on Pigeon Spire in the Bugaboos

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

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


looking at the Matterhorn from the glacier above Monta Rosa hut

looking at the Matterhorn (and Klein Matterhorn) from below Monte Rosa

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

South America

Tocllaraju climbers - Austrians on the left and our two tents on the right

Tocllaraju climbers – Austrians on the left and our two tents on the right

Argentina ……See the trekking/hiking folder for posts on Patagonia hiking

Bolivia …. Se the hiking/trekking folder for posts on the 14-day Cordillera Real Traverse



See the trekking/hiking folder for posts on the 16-day Huayhuash Circuit trek and the 7-day Toreesd de Paine Circuit


My series of posts on treks to the top of Tanzania’s Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro are in the hiking/trekking folder. Getting to Uhuru Peak does not require any mountaineering equipment or climbing 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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