I've been very busy so it looks like a couple of hikes I did at the end of September were the last hikes for the summer season. I did Cascade Mountain - 2998 m (very popular hike in Banff, elevation gain: 1325 m) and, known for a number of "classic" climbs on the south wall (I did a couple of them around 10 years ago), Castle Mountain - 2766 m (elevation gain: 1400 m). Nothing too difficult, but it was fun.

I don't have much luck with the South Ridge of Mount Andromeda (3450 m). This time,
I had to turn around at the upper part of Athabasca Glacier due to the amount of snow covering crevasses and avalanche hazards.

Below are a few pictures from my latest hikes. First two are from a really nice hike to the summit of Mount Indefatigable (2670 m, elevation gain: 1000 m) near Kananaskis Lakes. The other three from a very interesting hike to the summit of Mount Tyrwhitt (2874 m, elevation gain: 650 m) near Highwood Pass.

Canada Day long weekend:
My plan was to spend a night at Kananaskis Lakes, get up at 2 am, drive to the Columbia Icefield Visitors Centre, and try to reach the summit of Mount Andromeda (3450 m) via the South Ridge. Well, ten minutes after leaving the campsite in Kananaskis, I had a collision with a rather large deer. The deer was fine, I was fine, but my car ended in the junkyard ...shit. After such a nice beginning I decided to buy a lot of beer and stay at Kananaskis Lakes doing nothing. Well, that's not entirely true because I had to move my ass from time to time to turn over the big piece of cow I had on the grill.
Happy Canada Day !

Martyna Wojciechowska, is the third (after Wanda Rutkiewicz and Anna Czerwińska) woman from Poland and the first "Playboy Girl" to reached the summit of Mount Everest.
Now I can say I know at least one famous person because we met during an expedition to Mount Aconcagua in February.
Congratulations Martyna !!!

Years of brutal military regime and isolation left Paraguay as one of the poorest countries in South America and avoided by tourists. Stroessner is gone and the country is starting to change. It's going to take years before Paraguay catches up with its neighbors but things look good. If you are already in South America don't hesitate to visit the country. There are interesting things to see and people are very friendly.

A few pics from Iquazu Falls. One of the highlights of South America.

I just got back from another trip to South America. I travelled through Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. I had a wonderful time. I think Buenos Aires is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The highlight of the trip was a mountaineering expedition to the summit of Cerro Aconcagua (6962 m), the highest mountain of the "New World".
Yes, I did it. On February 11 I reached the summit.

A few pictures from Sunshine Village, one of the most attractive ski resort in Kanada. My favorite skiing spot.