Vinson Massif, Antarctica, 4897

Located only 660 miles from the South Pole, Vinson-Massif 4897moh(16,067′) is the highest peak in Antarctica and one of the renowned “Seven Summits.” Antarctica has the reputation for having the most inaccessible and inhospitable mountains in the world. Climbed for the first time in 1965, Vinson still sees very few visitors and remains a pristine…

Lhotse 8516 meters, Nepal, April 2011

Lhotse is best known for its proximity to Mount Everest and the fact that climbers ascending the standard route on that peak spend some time on its northwest face.   It is the forth highest of the 8000 meters. Lhotse is a dramatic peak in its own right, due to its tremendous south face. This rises…

Kosciuszko, Australia, Australasia

Kosciusko National Park includes Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciusko (2,228 metres/7,310 feet). Several tributaries of the Murray and Snowy rivers begin in the park. There are numerous lakes, including the Blue, Albina, and Club. The park has more than 200 caves and the most extensive examples of glaciated upland landscapes and subalpine flora in mainland…

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa

KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA, AFRICA Mount Kilimanjaro stands on an otherwise featureless part of the East African plateau, on the Tanzanian side of the Kenya border, side by side with the smaller Mount Meru. Both mountains are extinct volcanoes, with Kilimanjaro actually being the agglomeration of three distinct volcanoes, whose violent creation is geologically associated with the…

Everest, Asia

The Climb Everest North East Ridge Route Chomo Longma, ‘Goddess Mother of Earth’ to the Tibetans (Chinese), Sagarmartha to the Nepalese is of course the highest mountain in the world. As such it is considered as the pinnacle of every mountaineer’s ambition. Base Camp, 5400 meters
Base camp occupies a site on the gravel plain below…

Elbrus, Russia, Europe, 5642 Meters

The Seven Summits are the highest peaks on each of the Earth’s seven continents. However, there is disagreement about where the border between Europe and Asia is located in Russia. One commonly cited boundary for the easternmost edge of Europe is the Ural Mountains, which brings the Caucasus Mountains within Europe. The Caucasus’ tallest mountain,…

Denali, North America, 6195 meters.

Mount McKinley is the highest peak in North America. It is a huge snowy mass, flanked by five giant glaciers and countless icefalls. It dominates the horizon from as far south as Cook Inlet, 200 miles away, and as far north as Fairbanks, 150 miles away. Its steep unbroken south slope rises 17,000 feet in…

Chamonix, France, September 2008/2009

17/09/08 Back from a great week climbing in Chamonix with my new found friend Katrina and her guide Seth and Maren. We managed to get some top climbs in and the highlight was our day on the Cosmique Arret. My friend Veronique joined me on a few hikes too as this week was the beginning…

Aconcagua, Argentina, South America, 6962

Aconcagua…the Sentinel of Stone. On its inhuman slopes, where the ice and the wind are sovereign, often the extremities touch each other; the beginning and the end of a road, success and failure, life and death. High-altitude mountaineering is a game. A game of fantasy and power where technique , physical capacity, experience, ethics, power…