The Andes: The Complete History of Mountaineering in High South America
The history of climbing in the Andes has more unanswered questions than that of any other mountain range in the world. This climbing history began in the late Stone Age and covers a span of more than 15,000 years. The Andes is a climbing history that spans the ages, documenting the ascents of thousands of adventurous souls of all epochs: from unknown cavemen, hunters, Indians, grave-diggers, and miners to explorers, scientists, surveyors, artists, and, of course, modern sportive climbers!
With a wealth of over 800 pages, 290 illustrations and 60 maps, The Andes: The Complete History of Mountaineering in High South America is unparalleled in its breadth and bravely faces these unanswered questions.
The Andes is the most detailed and complete history ever written about the range. The book also includes a list of over 3,000 first ascents in the range—an unparalleled resource for any mountaineer.
- Print Length: 840 pages
- Weight: 5.7 lbs
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.3 x 11 inches
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Any photograph of the Torres del Paine National Park is immediately thought to represent Chile. Thus, the image below could be like any local postcard. The Cuernos (horns) del Paine are shown on left and La Fortaleza in center. And yet, none of these bold peaks is higher than 2800m above sea level.
Map of the Mountaineering Seasons in the Andes
By 1980, the highest unclimbed peak in the Cordillera Blanca was Nevado Puntancuerno (5959m). It had been attempted twice by strong North American groups. The Peruvians Américo Tordoya and Augusto Ortega boldly scaled to the top.
Map of Cordillera Huarochiri or Pariaccaca
Antuco volcano in southern Chile, first ascended in 1828 by Poeppig and a local hillman. This view by a French naturalist, quite inaccurately, purports to illustrate an eruption of Antuco. Claude Gay, 1845.
Map of Tierra del Fuego
Henry Hoek (1878- 1951) at the start of his expedition into Bolivia in 1903.
One of the many unclimbed, unnamed mountain peaks that Shipton’s party sighted above the clouds of the Hielo Patagónico Norte in 1963/64.
Cover of the Revista del CIADAM. The drawing on the cover shows a typical statuette that has been found on several Andean summits.
Nevado Cayesh (5721m) a veritable ice needle.
Always lacking funds, Annie Peck used to advertise her lectures and herself, attired in men’s pants, an unpardonable attitude for the epoch.
One of the most imposing mountains in Peru is Nevado Salcantay (6271m), whose south face shows in this greeting postcard mailed to friends and supporters by the 1974 German Naturfrfrende expedition.