Finally my 2nd attempt climbing Ojos del Salado has failed. She is proving to be a very tough nut to crack. My first attempt February 14th I got within 75m from the technical summit (6908m) but was turned back by an impending snowstorm. February 23rd at 11pm my Chilean guide Ismael Sepulveda and I left…Details
I last posted February 4 that I was climbing Volcano Ojos del Salado. It has been quite a ride since then. Ojos is a huge mountain at 6893m (22615 feet) and very tough – weather, altitude and climbing. Together with teammate Michael Halbig from Germany and our formidable Chilean guide Ismael Sepulveda we first climbed…Details
Success on Mount Sidley (Antarctica). #6 on my challenge to climb all Volcanic 7 Summits in one year at 70. After 30 hours of flights from Montreal to Punta Arenas, Chile – then a Russian cargo plane (Iluysian) across the Antarctic Ocean to Union Glacier. Next a Canadian built Twin Otter prop for 5 hours…Details
D Day has arrived. Flying to ANTARCTICA today to climb the highest volcano on the Ice Continent. CRAZY – yes. But as a friend with MS said, “I wish I could still be crazy”. I am lucky indeed at 70 years old to have such an opportunity to still be fit and able to break…Details
Thursday 21 December 2017 I successfully summited Mount Orizaba (5636m/ 18491’) in Mexico. After 5 days of acclimatizing on volcanoes Iztaccilhuatl and Orizaba itself, we finally had a long 18 hour day climbing from high camp (16900′) up the glacier to the summit and back down to low camp in the dark. The glacier was…Details
Special thanks to James Stone for his recent article on my Volcanic Seven Summits challenge aiming to ascend all the Volcanic Seven Summits within a 12 month period. Follow my journey on Dare To Reach.
After 11 hours of hiking up through dense jungle and grassy equatorial highlands following a ridge over many hilltops we arrived in the rain at basecamp. Monday October 9 we climbed up a steep couloir (about 65 degrees on the upper 150m) to the summit of Mount Giluwe. The climb was pretty straight forward but…Details
I summited Mount Damāvand in Iran yesterday 29 September 2017. It is the highest volcano in Asia at 5610m. It is now no. 3 in my challenge at 70 to climb the Volcanic Seven Summits in one year. Elbrus and Kilimanjaro completed in May/ June. I climbed it in 3 days only, which is quite…Details