It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
Everything started with Kilimanjaro, which you just cannot skip if you're going to Tanzania.
That was a long and exhausting walk, but all of our small group made it to the top. And I was left craving for more.
After successfully summitting Pico del Teide, winter summit of Jebel Toubkal and my first over-6,000m peak Imja Tse (Island Peak) with its 6,189 m the craving got even worse.
Now I'm thinking about second approach to Mont Blanc (after having to abort the first one), and then... Elbrus? Ama Dablam? More of the Seven Summits?
recent mountaineering adventures
Island Peak is a superb entry into Himalayan climbing. With it's mostly non-technical ascent, Island Peak allows an opportunity to experience altitude first-hand while getting to appreciate the inner workings of an expedition to the Himalaya!
Although rising only 1602 m, Śnieżka is still the highest peak in the Karkonosze mountains, and during winter months can quite unexpectedly bite your comfy and Christmasy-overfed ass.
The park's flagship 4061m Gran Paradiso peak towers over this region of the Graian Alps; and other massifs, ridges, cols and peaks provide huge panoramas and wide horizons towards Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, and to Monte Rosa.
In the middle of hot summer it's best to go where it's really cold: up the high mountains. And that's exactly what we did.
Jebel Toubkal with its 4,167 m is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco, North Africa and the Arab World.
mountaineering in planning
Ecuador has far more than its fair share of geothermal unrest. But it's the wealth of volcanoes – on both the mainland and out in the offshore Galápagos Islands – that make the country what it is: dramatic, fiery and full of explosive adventures.
Lemurs, baobabs, rainforest, desert, hiking and diving: Madagascar is a dream destination for outdoors enthusiasts – half the fun is getting to all these incredible attractions.
Rwenzori Mountains are presumed to be the Mountains of the Moon, described in AD 350 by Ptolemy, who proclaimed them to be the source of the Nile River.
Aconcagua, with a summit elevation of 6,962 metres, is the highest peak in South America, and this gives it membership of the “Seven Summits” club.