Outdoors

Patagonia by sea kayak

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Canoekayak.com - Dreams originate in the strangest of places. For British sea kayaker Erin Bastian, the idea of making a 500-mile journey through the isolated fjords of Chile came while she wasting time in a bookstore. “I picked up a map of Chile and saw a maze of channels and islands,” she says. Then and there, an expedition was inevitable. “I began hounding friends, emailing colleagues and asking around for folk keen enough to join me.”
 

Colin Haley and Alex Honnold attempt one-day Torre Traverse in Patagonia

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Planetmountain.com -  In Patagonia American alpinists Colin Haley and Alex Honnold have attempted a one day ascent of the Cerro Torre Traverse, enchaining Cerro Torre, Torre Egger, Punta Herron and Cerro Standhardt. The two were forced to turn back just two pitches below the last summit due to the Patagonian winds.
 

Mountaineering’s greatest climb unravels

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New York Times - THE greatest climb in the history of alpinism, a story of mythological proportions, occurred on Jan. 31, 1959. Cerro Torre, a 10,262-foot spire of granite, rises from the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap like a sharpened spear, so steep that climbing it had long been deemed impossible.
 

Running: Chilean Patagonia Is the next frontier of trail running

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competitor.com - There’s a stunning, take-your-breath-away sensation the moment you see the spectacular granite spires inside the Torres del Paine National Park for the first time.
 

Recon: Towers of wind and ice

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American Alpine Journal The word “remote” is no longer forbidding to mountaineers. Jet travel is relatively cheap and easy, and can quickly get you to any corner of the world. But getting close is one thing. Real accessibility is another story entirely.
 

Colin Haley and Marc-Andre Leclerc climb Travesia del Oso Buda in Patagonia

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PlanetMountain.com - From 18 - 21 January 2015 Colin Haley and Marc-André Leclerc climbed Cerro Torre, Torre Egger, Punta Herron and Cerro Standhardt, This new traverse from south to north has been called Travesia del Oso Buda, in memory of Bjørn-Eivind Årtun and Chad Kellogg.
 

Cerro Torre free soloed in whiteout conditions

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Alpinist and Pataclimb - On December 27, Austrian alpinist Markus Pucher free soloed the Ragni route (M4 90 degrees, 600m) on the west face of Cerro Torre for the second time. He had free soloed this route back in early 2013, when he blazed up it in a mere 3:15. What was unique about his recent ascent is that it was carried out during a raging storm. No other ascent was done that day in the entire massif. Most climbers stayed safely inside the warmth of their hostels.
 

Avalanches explained: How people trigger disasters

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National Geographic News - Cartoon avalanches start with a snowball merrily rolling downhill, picking up more snow as it travels. That's not how it really works, say avalanche experts, which explains the deadly results of recent avalanches that caught hikers off guard in Nepal.
 

Gran Torre del Cortaderal, Corona del Diablo, and various peaks

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American Alpine Journal - In November 2013, Christian Quezada, Ricardo Hernandez, Ulises Espinosa, and I (all members of the Grupo de Alta Montaña de los Perros Alpinos), traveled to the University and Cortaderal glaciers, which are located south of Santiago and comprise the second largest glacial zone in Chile; the Patagonian Ice Cap is the largest. The area is composed of more than seven independent glaciers, covering an area approximately 70km long and 5km wide.
 

Tribute: Remembering legendary skiers JP Auclair and Andreas Fransson

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Nat Geo Adventure - At approximately 12:30 p.m. local time, on Monday, September 29, JP Auclair, 37, and Andreas Fransson, 31, two of the world’s premiere professional skiers, climbed up a narrow, 50-to-55-degree, approximately 3,000-foot couloir on Cerro San Lorenzo, a 12,158-foot peak that straddles the border of Argentina and Chile in the Patagonian Andes.They planned to ski the couloir, which was to be a highlight of their two-week trip to Patagonia, according to Miles Smart, an American guide living in Chamonix and close friend of Fransson.
 
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