On Thursday we begin our 2014 Patagonian Icecap Adventure

Thursday we leave for Argentina and one of the last true wilderness areas on earth, the Patagonian Icecap. Who knows what adventures it will bring? What surprises it has in store for us?

It’s been a long time coming, our last trip was in 2011 (and what a glorious expedition that was!). This year we attempt the “Ruta de las Nunataks”, a rarely done route. We could only find one reference to it on the internet. This route visits Nunatak Witte ...

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The Kamchatka Expedition Part 6 – Last few days in Russia

Part 6 and final report from Kiersten Rowland’s on our April 2013 expedition to Kamchatka with Berghaus to ski volcanoes

Autumn is arriving here in Spain and another expedition is fast approaching so I thought it’s about time I finished this Kamchatka blog before the Patagonia expedition arrives.

24th April :- Richard’s birthday today and we have to go back to Petropavlovsk to the Centre of ...

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The Kamchatka Expedition Part 3 – Waiting for a weather window at base camp

Part 3 of Kiersten Rowland’s report on our April 2013 expedition to Kamchatka with Berghaus to ski volcanoes

A lot of what is written in these Kamchatka Expedition trip reports has been taken from the notes and diary I kept. It appears this blog will be in more than four parts, I have more photos and writing than I thought. Again there are a mixture of photos from Continue Reading →

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Spanish Highs supporting solo Patagonia Icefield trek

[alert style=”info” close=”false”]Spanish Highs are happy to be supporting Frank Tschöpe on his solo journey on the Patagonian Icecap in December and January 2013/2014. We have given him advice from our previous trips and shall be supplying him with up to date area weather forecasts via Yellowbrick Trackers during his journey. We shall also act as emergency co-ordinator for alerting rescue services. Below is Franks final summary of his trek and planning which should prove useful to others venturing into ...

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Spanish Highs joins Berghaus team to make ski descents in Kamchatka

During April 2013, members of the Spanish Highs team joined a Berghaus sponsored expedition led Berghaus athlete, Julia Pickering, attempting to make the first ski and snowboard climb and descent of the highest active volcano in Kamchatka, Klyutchevskoy Sopka (4750m).

Richard Hartley and Kiersten Rowland of Spanish Highs, Sierra Nevada were invited to join this Berghaus sponsored trip because of their vast mountaineering and expedition experience gained from many years in ...

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A land far, far away with fire breathing mountains waiting to be skied

In April 2013, Richard Hartley and Kiersten Rowland of Spanish Highs Mountain Guides are to join a team led by British snowboarder/mountaineer Julia Pickering attempting to become the first people to climb and snowboard down the largest active volcano in the Northern Hemisphere, Kamchatka in far eastern Russia. The team’s main sponsor is outdoor clothing and equipment manufacturer, Berghaus.

Klyutchevskoy Sopka 4750m is a stratovolcano, the highest mountain on the Kamchatka peninsula and the highest active volcano in ...

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