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…

Cerro Pintor & a little detour up Cerro La Parva

Altitude: 4,180 meters; 13,713 feet (Pintor) 4,047 meters, 13,227 feet (Parva) Incline difference: somewhere around 1,480 meters, 4,855 feet Beginning point: La Parva ski center Well I hit my first 4000 meter mountain and it was as spectacular as it was exciting. Not having gotten out of Santiago in quite awhile, taking an overnighter below the mountains, next…

Mother Nature is much bigger than me.

It feels near impossible to put into words, or even fit into pictures, the feelings, experiences, and views that took place over my 10 days in Torres del Paine, a seemingly untouched piece of mother nature that screams God’s country. Every day, multiple times, I found myself in pure awe of what was in front…

Area el Morado – Cajon del Maipo

About an hour outside the bustling and busy metropolitan city of Santiago sits an incredibly pristine piece of untouched Mother Nature. Cajon del Maipo is a canyon encompassing gorgeous mountains, numerous rivers, volcanoes, a glacier, and some breath-taking landscape. There are a couple very small villages located in and around the area, with most people…