Posts Categorized: Alpinism

CLIMBING TIDBITS – MARCH 2015

Interesting, relevant and fun news from the climbing world.   TOM BALLARD. ALPS. WINTER. NORTH FACES. BY THE WAY, SIX OF THEM. ALONE.   His Awesomeness of a climber, Tom Ballard decided to go play around in this winter in the Alps. People say is hard enough climbing in winter anywhere, let alone in the… Read more »

WINTER CLIMBING IN SPAIN – PART II

I guess not climbing also teaches you things. I was anxious to climb ice, couloirs, north faces. “It is Europe, it has stable weather, reliable mountains.” Poor me, so naive… Northern Spain has seen one of the worst snow storms of the past many years, and that meant a lot more snow than what I´d… Read more »

WINTER CLIMBING IN SPAIN – PART I

When one mentions “climbing” and “Spain” in the same sentence, it is usually sport climbing and places like Oliana, Margalef and Siurana that come to mind. But Spain, Catalunya and the Basque Country aren´t all about sport climbing monsters or “máquinas” as they say. This is the land of many super strong, daring and pioreening… Read more »

A HIMALAYAN DEBUT – CLIMBING ISLAND PEAK AND AMA DABLAM

Main character in this post, this too may be the actual most beautiful mountain in the world. Ladies and gentleman, I present you: Ama Dablam. Give it a good hug. It wants it.   AS USUAL, AN INTRODUCTION   It all started in Peru. The partner I had in july, Craig, was already heavy into… Read more »

CORDILLERA BLANCA 2014 – DISPATCH 4

Hello lazy people killing time at work! Welcome to a new dispatch! So far July has been a month of long approaches, great partnership, insomnia, World Cup and some tense moments in Parón valley. I´ve hit the 2 month mark of climbing non stop with few rest days in between, which means I am exhausted,… Read more »

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 »

COMING SOON…

Cordillera Blanca trip report in english (as well as other posts). In the meantime, you can sallivate on this: Chacraraju as seen from moraine camp on Yanapaccha.