4 Insights the mountains and wilderness have shown me in 2011

As the dawn on a new year breaks it’s a good time to reflect on the past 12 months. 2011 has been unforgettable in so many ways. There were ups and downs, of course (it is the mountains after all…..ha ha!), but experiences in the Sierra Nevada and Patagonia have shown me some insights I thought I’d share with you.

1. You can make a difference to your world no matter how small it seems!

One day in August a small team ...

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Video from our Patagonian Icecap Expedition 2011

This year our expedition was blessed by windless and sunny conditions, unusual on the Patagonian Icecap. A far cry from the year before. We managed to complete the full itinerary and had some of the most amazing mountain and wilderness views any of us had ever seen.

Here is a short 10 minute video from the trip. I can’t wait to return. The place is infectious! Consequently we are taking bookings for 2012. Have a look at our Continue Reading →

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Patagonia Expedition Update No 9 – Laguna Ferrari Glacial Lake

The group has made it safely off the main ice and is setting up camp for the night in a sheltered area by the Laguna Ferrari glacial lake. Plenty of water here and no need to melt snow for drinking water tonight ! Tomorrow is the climb out over the Paso del viento (windy pass) aptly named as the prevailing winds are strong here.

Fortunately the current wind is gentle and from the North so there will be no ‘funnel effect’ ...

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Patagonia Expedition Update No 8 – Circo de los Altares

The team have reached Circo de los Altares. This is a relatively sheltered camp area regularly used by trekking groups. They have good weather so they should be able to get some fantastic photos of the west face of Cerro torre glowing red in the low sun. Tomorrow the weather looks good so they will trek south over the ice and leave the icecap around mid-day and start the painful climb back over the broken glacier to safe terrain.

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Patagonia Expedition Update No 6 – Camp 1 on the Icecap

The group have made it to Camp 1 on the Icecap. Here they will dig holes for their tents to protect them from the high winds which will blow relentlessly over the ice tonight. All is going well so far and everyone is OK. The wind is strong tomorrow morning so we have advised them to make a late morning start as the wind will drop towards lunchtime. They will be currently melting snow for drinking water and resting their ...

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Patagonia Expedition Update No 3 – Moving to the Piedra del Fraile

The team have finally got some luck with the weather and have successfully reached their first scheduled overnight camp at a small refuge in the forest at Piedra del Fraile. This will be their last night of civilization. Local forecasts show good weather for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for the traverse across from the Paso Marconi via the Marconi Glacier down to the Paso del Viento.

The tracking device is working fine and we can pinpoint their location exactly Richard ...

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