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11 December / Expeditions / Patagonia / Trip reports
Report from our expedition to the Patagonian Icecap in November 2016 The expedition was beset by unsettled weather and enforced route changes due to unseasonal warm weather. Summary The plan was to access the Patagonian Icecap via Paso Marconi as usual but then head off across the icecap to climb the remote and rarely climbed peak of Cerro Mariano Moreno. Due to the collapse of the Marconi glacier a new access route had to be found NW of Playita up to Laguna de los 14 and onto the lower Glacier Gorra Blanca Sur.
28 January / Expeditions / Patagonia
Details of our proposed expedition in November 2016 to the Patagonian Icecap to climb the remote peak of Cerro Mariano Moreno (3462m). It is the third highest peak in Patagonia and is rarely climbed. It is the highest summit in the Cordon Mariano Moreno massif, in the centre of the icecap and is accessible only by lengthy trekking over the many glaciers. Cerro Mariano Moreno, Patagonia The first ascent was done by the remarkable Walter Bonatti and Carlo Mauri in February 1958.
Trip report, personal thoughts and recommendations after this years expedition to the Patagonian Icecap A trip report, photos and video links together with some personal thoughts, recommendations and musings after this years expedition to the Patagonian Icecap in November 2014 (by Richard Hartley of Spanish Highs) The original plan to visit the “nunateks” of Witte and Viedma had to be cancelled due to warm and dangerous snow conditions. Instead we reverted to the normal traverse down the icecap from the Paso Marconi to Paso del Viento.
11 November / Expeditions / Patagonia
Soon we leave for Argentina and one of the last true wilderness areas on earth, the Patagonian Icecap. Who knows what adventures it will bring 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!
29 October / Expeditions / Kamchatka
We spent the last days downhill skiing, relaxing and enjoying the delights of downtown Petropavlosk, Kamchatka 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 to Patagonia is fast approaching so I thought it’s about time I finished this Kamchatka blog before the Patagonia expedition arrives. Back to the centre of migration
29 May / Expeditions / Kamchatka
A very small weather window allowed us to extract ourselves from base camp and return to Klyuchi and eventually Petropavlosk Part 5 of Kiersten Rowland’s report on our April 2013 expedition to Kamchatka with Berghaus to ski volcanoes It’s now summer in Andalucia and the heat of August has made me decide it’s time to venture back to the freezer known as Kamchatka to cool myself down and try and get this story finished.
29 May / Expeditions / Kamchatka
With the weather worsening, high winds and blizzards kept us precariously placed in base camp Part 4 of Kiersten Rowland’s report on our April 2013 expedition to Kamchatka with Berghaus to ski volcanoes Here we are onto part 4 of the expedition. Most of the photos are Martin’s, there were difficult times and photos were not on our minds, but obviously Martin was the expedition photographer, it was his job to capture life in camp.
29 May / Expeditions / Kamchatka
Onwards to base camp below the mountain. First attempts 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 Martin Hartley (do go see his work) and our own photos.
29 May / Expeditions / Kamchatka
Snowmobile journey from Klyuchi towards base camp interupted by bad weather. Emergency camp Part 2 of Kiersten Rowland’s report on our April 2013 expedition to Kamchatka with Berghaus to ski volcanoes This report is mostly photos as I think they can tell the story better than myself. Once again some of the photos are courtesy of Martin Hartley who is at this moment on an expedition crossing the Arctic.
29 May / Expeditions / Kamchatka
The journey from Spain to Moscow and onto Klyuchi, Kamchatka Part 1 of Kiersten Rowland’s report on our April 2013 expedition to Kamchatka with Berghaus to ski volcanoes As most of you are aware a year ago we left to go on an expedition to Kamchatka to attempt to ski and snowboard the highest active volcano in Eurasia. At long last I am getting around to writing about it. It will be in four parts because if nothing else the pictures deserve the attention.
In April 2013 we joined a Berghaus sponsored expedition attempting to make the first snowboard ascent of Klyutchevskoy Sopka (4750m), Kamchatka The expedition was 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 skies into a surreal volcanic landscape 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 the UK, Alps and on the Patagonian Icecap.
In April 2013 we join a team led by British snowboarder Julia Pickering to climb and snowboard the largest active volcano in Kamchatka and the Northern Hemisphere 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.
09 December / Patagonia / Expeditions
Poem by Michelle Wakeley about her time spent on our recent Southern Patagonian Icecap Expedition THE ICE-CAP - SO WILD & STILL On the vast icecap below Paso Marconi Finally, in El Chalten we arrive To face this southern cap of ice Our team of six come from far & wide Would we achieve her illusive prize? The Patagonian gods mocked us with a sunny display Only to veil Cerro Fitzroy & Torre for days But with better reports, a little patience, We were on our way.
Sometimes a basic snow wall is not sufficient as the wind drops spindrift on the leeward side, burying tents. So what design would make them more efficient? Sometimes a basic snow wall is not sufficient to keep the elements at bay. The wind can drop spindrift on the leeward side thus burying the tents. Is there a solution in the way we can construct snow walls that would make them more efficient?
09 December / Patagonia / Trip reports / Expeditions
A report from Kiersten Rowland about her harrowing experiences on the Patagonian Icecap in November 2010 Two taxis arrive to take us to the trailhead at Rio Electrico. From the trailhead we walk a few hours through a forest to our camp at Los Troncos. You have to pay a small fee as you pass over private land, but on the plus side there is a small cabin where its your last chance to get food and drink.
03 December / Patagonia / Trip reports / Expeditions
A summary of the Spanish Highs Patagonian Icecap Expedition 2010 which has just returned from Argentina We must have upset the weather gods. Unlike previous trips, this time Patagonia threw everything it had as us weather wise. Like other Argentine groups we sat for 3 or more days at La Playita campsite waiting for our chance to climb onto the icecap. During that time we were nearly blown away in gale force winds, got snowed in and once when flooded, had to build drainage diches in the middle of the night to allow excess water to escape.
24 August / Patagonia / Expeditions
In February 1958 both peaks were traversed in one amazing day by the incomparable Walter Bonatti and his climbing partner, Carlo Mauri. The beautiful Patagonian peaks of Cerro Adela and Cerro Grande lie south of the majestic and dramatic peaks of Cerro Torre and Mount Fitzroy. Yet in February 1958 both peaks, all those in between them, were traversed in one amazing day by the incomparable Walter Bonatti and his climbing partner, Carlo Mauri.
Report from Jane Fields on her experiences on the Patagonian Icefield Expedition in 2010 Patagonia Icefield Expeditions Expedition photos Day 1 Rolling across the Patagonian Steppe on un-surfaced roads on a crowded bus was how this journey began. Nothing for miles but open grassland and hills on the horizon. My daydreams were interrupted by a stop at an Inn in the middle of nowhere where we were treated to coffee and delicious home-made cakes.