Bristol, United Kingdom
August 21, 2005
As a rock climber in the UK, I'd always wanted to try my hand at ice climbing, but had always been put off by the excessive cost and distinct lack of ice in Britain.
But this was fantastic. For US$30, Monttrek in Huarez let me and six other novices loose on the Pastoruri glacier.
With plenty of good ice, Pastoruri is a superb place to learn, as well as being a scenic destination in itself. As with rock climbing, the best way is to simply give it a go.
It does require a degree of physical fitness, as you´d expect. You create your own holds, but of course this takes more energy. However, it´s not always the huge body builders who succeed. Concentration, technique, and strength of character also play important parts.
Adrenaline surged if a badly placed crampon slipped, but with our dependable guide Felipe on the other end of the rope, there was no real danger.
Unfortunately, though, it looks like I'm going to have to find funds to continue ice climbing back in the UK. I'm hooked.
From journal All Action Huarez