Adventures in Bolivia (June 1985)

Cerro Condoriri La Paz Bolivia South America

Up until 2008, our adventures were retained only as memories and on 35mm slides. While our memories may have faded (just a bit), the slides haven’t – and we have a lot of them. So we’re digitizing a select few to bring some of our past adventures into the 21st Century. The photos below are some of those old slides.

After the success of our climbs in Mexico in 1983, I thought I’d have a go at some slightly more challenging peaks in Bolivia.  Protracted negotiations with my then employer (Don’t talk to no commies!) got me time off to join an American Alpine Institute (AAI) trip to Bolivia. Our ostensible goals were a warm-up climb on an unnamed peak (Cerro 5310 (17,420 ft)), followed by Jankho Huyo (Janq’u Uyu) at 5,512 m (18,100 ft), and culminating with Condorir (5,648 m / 18,530 ft).  The Condoriri climb was described as among the most beautiful in the Cordillera Real and the route leading to its summit as a diverse combination of a glacier trek, technical climb, and an exposed ridge.

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