Always better: Avalanche Rescue and Awareness Course

I recently did a course on avalanche awareness and rescue, that taught me all about avalanche sizes, formations and human/natural causes, how to evaluate terrain and avalance conditions before embarking on a route or entering into new terrain, and also rescue strategies, reinforced by actual simulations.  Needless to say, I no longer look at snow…

Ojos del Salado

Well, I’m back a bit early from my trip to the tallest volcano in the world, Ojos del Salado, located in northern Chile. I’m back without a summit, but with a renewed awe for this world, a great experience in my books and confidence that every trip makes me stronger and smarter. We made it to 21,500 feet…

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…