Humboldt and Boussingault on Chimborazo: how high did they climb?

Humboldt and Boussingault on Chimborazo: how high did they climb?

How high Humboldt and Boussingault climbed on Chimborazo has been the subject of much debate. When Edward Whymper made the first ascent in 1880, he was baffled by their descriptions of the climb. So what happened, and how high did they really get?

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Cotopaxi, a short climbing history: a teaser from my next book

Cotopaxi, a short climbing history: a teaser from my next book

Last Friday I reached the summit of another metaphorical mountain. After seven months of intensive scribbling I finished the first draft of my next major book. There’s a little way to go before it’s ready for publication, but here’s a teaser to whet your appetite.

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Cayambe and Chimborazo: Why Ecuador’s volcanoes are worth a second visit

Cayambe and Chimborazo: Why Ecuador’s volcanoes are worth a second visit

I love the open geography of Ecuador’s central highlands, a high-altitude landscape of free-standing volcanoes. Six years ago I went there and climbed five of them. This Christmas I will be making a long overdue return visit.

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