10 Interesting South American Mountains


The Mighty Cerro Torre (as yet unclimbed by anyone from Finland)

Another cheeky list post. With some peaks I´d like to climb or at least visit.

1. Anconcagua - At 6962m this is the highest peak in South America. You really have to go with a guide, and at US$3000 I think I´ll have to pass this time.
2. Mount Chimborazo - A volcano at 6268m in Ecuador. The summit is the point on the Earth's surface most distant from its center, because of the equatorial bulge.
3. Torre Central 2460m the middle one of the Torres del Paine first climbed in 1963 by the legendry British mountaineer Sir Chris Bonnington.
4. Fitz Roy - 3375m. Named after the captain of Darwin´s boat, the Beagle, this is a spectacular looking peak first bagged by Lionel Terray in 1952. He is the French guide who famously tried to rescue a bunch of climbers from the North Face of the Eiger.
5. Volcan Villarica - 2847m an active cone-shaped volcano in the Chilean lake district that I should be able to have a go at climbing quite easily I hope.
6. Volcan Lanin - 3747m another candidate.
7. Cerro Torre - 3128m has a huge reputation and is a very tough mountain because, amongst other things, horrific foul weather. The history of the climb is worth reading and involves many disputed attempts, an attempt with a gas powered compressor drill to put in bolts and was not finally climbed in Alpine style until 1977.
8. Cotopaxi - 5897m. An altitude mountain that might be a good possibility for me in Ecuador.
9. Charquini - 5392m, Bolivia. An aclimatisation mountain that might be a spring board to bigger things. . .
10. Pichincha - 4784m Ecuador. Climbed by an eccentric adventurer called Alexander von Humboldt in 1802. I´ve read one of his books and it was a terrific read. Should be a straightforward climb. Also it is a very active volcano.

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  1. Hi there, I have just started reading your blog in the last week or so. Interesting riding. I also liked your list 21 famous walks. Torres del Paine looks good. I live in South Australia and have completed the 1,200km Heysen Trail and will be doing New Zealand's Milford after Christmas.

    Here's a little project I've been working on which might interest you (or not!) www.peakclimb.com -> Create your own climbs log for any peak, summit or mountain in the world.

    Anyway, I look forward to reading some more of your cycling adventure to the Carribean!


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