It takes me so long to get round to editing my videos these days that I know some of you die of excitement waiting for the next one to appear. Lockdown has provided me with a window of opportunity and I’m hurtling though them like a snail. Here, finally, are the videos of my trip to Ojos del Salado a year and a half ago.Read more
Ojos Del Salado
What the devil is a circumhorizon arc?
As we made our way from base camp for an acclimatisation hike on Ojos del Salado in the Puna de Atacama region of the Andes last month, we witnessed a strange phenomenon in the sky.Read more
Salt before breakfast: an ascent of Ojos del Salado
Christmas for me usually means some new ascents in a mountainous region of Africa or Latin America. When I received an email from Jagged Globe announcing a new trip to Ojos del Salado, I didn’t have any doubts that was the peak I wanted to climb.Read more
Cerro Vicuñas, the world’s easiest 6,000m peak? Quite possibly
Last year I returned from the Himalayas and reported that I may have discovered the easiest 6,000m peak in the world to climb. But there is another place in the world where lots of easy 6,000m peaks can potentially be climbed on a day hike from the road.Read more
Ojos del Salado – the photos (and a quick message about cheating)
It’s a slightly rapid half-post this week. This is because I’ve been climbing the world’s highest volcano and away from all contact with the outside world.Read more
What’s the highest mountain in the solar system?
While I’m in Chile climbing the mountain with the most superlatives in the world, I thought it might be interesting to consider just how superlative a mountain can get.Read more
Ojos del Salado at last: climbing the world’s highest volcano
This weekend I’ll be departing for my annual New Year mountaineering trip, and this time I think it’s going to be a bit special. Edita and I will be attempting Ojos del Salado, a peak I’ve been wanting to climb for a few years now.Read more
Which is harder, the Second Seven Summits or the first one?
Last month the Italian climber Hans Kammerlander became the first person to climb the Second Seven Summits, in other words the second highest peak on each continent. According to 7summits.com, 348 people had climbed the main Seven Summits, the highestRead more
Aconcagua: when returning is better in every way
Yesterday I returned to the UK again after a short visit to Argentina, and am surprised not to see any snow. Since August, when I left for Cho Oyu in Tibet, it seems that barely a week has passed whenRead more
The Stone Sentinel: return to Aconcagua (as usual)
Five years ago when I turned back on Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America, 500 metres from the summit, I told myself I would never go back. It’s a boring mountain, the guides are too cautious, there are plentyRead more