Posts By: Cissa

COLE

On Sunday, July 13th, I left Huaraz with Craig, Tomas and Vicente towards Parón valley. Craig and I would climb Arteson´s SE face and then Piramide´s NW face, Tomas and Vicente would stick to the first one. Upon arrival in base camp we met John and Cole. Immediately after dropping our huge packs we headed… Read more »

“NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST”

There´s a saying that goes “if you don´t know where to go, just stay where you are”. I´d like to think, if you don´t know where to go after the climbing season is over, watch this: 35 from ARC’TERYX on Vimeo. Not that you´ll have any answers though, but it´s a great video. 😉

CORDILLERA BLANCA 2014 – DISPATCH 3

Welcome to a new dispatch, courtesy of Sex Burger in Huaraz. Huaraz is a bad city for climbers. As Nacho says, its bars suck away your money, give you a hangover and make you lose focus on the actual climbs. I cannot deny any of this and in fact, as we say in Brazil “the… Read more »

CORDILLERA BLANCA 2014 – DISPATCH 2

Here we go for a decent post about this trip, vacation, gap year or whatever one calls it. Yes, it´s an El Niño year and I only got to know about it a few weeks before I left, but that didn´t make me change my plans. Positive thinking all the way, and by the way… Read more »

CORDILLERA BLANCA 2014 – DISPATCH 1

A “put-you-back-in-shape” bike-with-a-bitch workout in the Cordillera Negra So this is how this journey begins: head to the airport at midnight, flight leaves delayed at 4h in the morning, arrive in Lima at around 7h, 1h15 of traffic to get to the Cruz del Sur bus terminal, over 12h of waiting for my bus to leave,… Read more »

MY 33

So here I am in the Cruz del Sur bus terminal waiting for endless hours for my bus to leave to Huaraz. I´ve had breakfast, listened to some music, did some crossword puzzles, cut some Alta Montanha stickers and just finished watching “500 days of Summer”. In all those moments I kept asking myself what… Read more »

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ON EVEREST 2014

I didn´t write anything on the Everest season because my opinion is very well rounded on it and I don´t feel a need to share it, but I just HAD to post this excerpt from this interview:   “Do you think any teams will climb the South Col route without Sherpa support this season? No,… Read more »

“QUIT, DO EPIC SH*T”

“Third time is a charm” A few days ago I quit my job as middle-management at a multinational here in Brazil. I had a decent salary, great health plan, meal plan, life insurance, and a bonus plan. Why am I writing about these things really? I guess because these are means to an end. A… Read more »

DEATH IN THE MOUNTAINS

Around this time of last year, I was avidly searching for news of a brazilian climber that went missing on Aconcagua. I didn´t know him in person, but we had created a virtual acknowledgment of each other since he tried to buy a down jacket from me in a Facebook classified community we were both… Read more »

FIRST CLIMB OF 2014: THE AID CLASSIC “TETO DO BAÚ”

Happy 2014 everyone! I hope this year is as filled with great climbing as 2013 was. Actually, I want more!   INTRODUCTION   The roof is the topmost tip of the rock. When I first started rock climbing a little over a year ago, I set my eyes on quite a few routes that are… Read more »

ALASKA CLIMBING IS SO SEXY IT HURTS

Someday I’ll climb there just to get my humility back. Alpine Climbing in the Central Alaska Range from Braden Downey on Vimeo. The Alaska Range – Mooses Tooth – Shaken Not Stirred from Ephay on Vimeo. Mt. Foraker via the Sultana Ridge, Alaska Range, 2011 (V6) from damntall on Vimeo.