Cerro Tortolas: Breathing air at 20,000ft

It was all planned, to climb my first, of hopefully many, 20,000 foot peak. Right before my birthday. Closing out my 27th year and opening the new one with a bang and all the gratefulness my heart could handle. The Sunday prior, I went over to my friend’s house and we packed our backpacks and planned…

Cerro Leonera, my first 5000m mountain

Cerro Leonera, the dark brown, smooth edged beauty I’ve been staring at for so many weekends, has finally been climbed, marking my first 5000m (16,500ft) mountain. About a month ago I had lunch up on Cerro Pintor, in full view of her peacefully situated next to the powerful glaciers of Cerro El Plomo. She felt like the big…

Cerro Papagayo

Altitude: 2,324 meters; 7,624feet Difference Incline: 1,688 meters; 5,538 feet Distance: 20.8 km;  12 miles Time: 8-10 hours round trip Difficulty: the trek is tiring due to length itself, the only tricky part is the last 500m, which is more a combination of trekking rock climbing Cerro Papagayo is tucked away in the mountains of Pirque. We parked in what felt…