Alexander the Great

We set out Friday evening, crossing Arthurs Pass as the sun set, our destination, Mount Alexander. I’d first set eyes on the mountain from nearby Mount Pfeiffer the previous August and had been trying to climb it ever since. Finally the chance arose, perfect weather on the West Coast and myself, Sam, Kate and Chris set off to climb Alexander and experience the legendary bathtub of Camp Creek Hut (And how we did!). We opted to walk in to the Hut Friday night so we’d have plenty of time on Saturday to climb the mountain and get the bathtub going that night before walking out on Sunday.

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Climbing Huayna Potosi

Participants: Brian Thorne & Sarah Whitty

Author: Brian Thorne

One of the biggest adventures on our South American holiday was climbing the 6080 meter high peak Huayna Potosi. This impressive peak overlooks La Paz, the capital city of Bolivia. Many of the tourism companies offer guided trips up the mountain. We were walking around on our last day in La Paz, we hadn’t quite made up our mind whether to take a one way bus trip to Lake Titicaca or to try climb this formidable looking peak. After calling in on many of the operators we selected an operator who was busy prepping a young group of English speaking tourists. We convinced him to add an extra guide and to take the two of us in one hour! The charge was only 950 Bolivians per person (around $170 NZD) for three days including food, transport and accommodation.

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