Jean-Claude Latombe's Mountaineering,
Climbing, and Trekking Page
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This webpage shows pictures
of some of the climbs and trips I made in/to Central Asia (Nepal, Tibet,
Xinjiang, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan), South Asia (Indonesia, Andaman
Islands, China), Middle-East (Saudi Arabia), Africa (Morocco, Ethiopia), South
America (Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile), North America (California
Sierra Nevada, McKinley, Mexico), etc...
Two quotes that I
- ″La solitude est un etincelant et tragique miroir
qui refracte toutes les emotions, tous les espoirs, tous les effrois.″ In Fortune
Carree, by Joseph Kessel.
draws on many aspects of our character, including, sound judgment, boldness, intelligence,
great effort, and faith in ourselves. This total engagement is the source of
our greatest reward, and it is where both the joy and the challenge of alpinism
lie. We want to feel we have earned our success and survival, that we didn′t
just roll the dice and let outer circumstances determine our fate.″ In Alpine Climbing: Techniques to Take You
Higher, by Mark Houston and Kathy
(19MB) of a talk Experiences of an
amateur climber on high peaks that I gave at the Stanford Alpine Club in
(17MB) of a talk Central Asia: A land of
many mountains that I gave at the Silk Road House (Berkeley) in November
(12MB) of a talk Second Life that I
gave at Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan, in June 2011.
Video of Capuchin,
an autonomous climbing robot (12.5MB).
and moderate altitude, technical and non-technical climbs
- Washington: Rainier
Shasta (4200m; 9 times, including 2 solos of Casaval Ridge), Whitney
(4418m; 4 times), Russell (4294m), Dana (3990m; twice), Lamark (4090m),
Morgan-South (3987m), Lone Pine, Clyde Minaret, Sill (4314m), Bear Creek
Spire (4045m), Agassiz (4235m), Julius Caesar (4023m), Gardiner (3934m),
Cotter (3875m), North Peak (3600m), Conness (3600m), Matterhorn (3600m, 7
- Alaska: McKinley
(6100m, up to 5000m)
- Mexico: Pico
de Orizaba (5636m)
- Ecuador: Cotopaxi
(5900m), Cayambe (5800m), Tungurahua
(5100m), Rucu Pichincha.
- Bolivia: Pequeno Alpamayo (5600m),
Eslovenia (5300m), Pyramida
Bianca (5400m), Huayna
Potosi (6088m), Illimani (6460m).
Cordillera Blanca: Alpamayo (5947m), Huascaran (6768m). Cordillera
Huayhuash (attempt on Yerupaja). Cordillera Vilcabamba (attempt on
- Argentina: Aconcagua
Toubkal (4167m, 5 times), Mgoun (4068m).
- Turkey: Mt.
Kala Patthar (5643m, 3 times), Lobuche East
(6000m), Ama Dablam (up to 200m from the
6850m summit), over 6,000m in Kanchenjunga area,
Makalu (8485m, up to 7000m), Gokyo
Ri (5360m), Kyajo
Khan Tengri (7000m, up to 5900m).
- Xinjiang (China): Muztagh Ata (7546m).
- Tibet: Cho
Oyu (8200m, up to 7100m).
- Indonesia: Mt.
Binaiya on Seram island (3019m)
- Japan: Fuji.
- Sport climbing:
- California: Owens
Gorge, Bishop area, Rock Creek, Yosemite Valley,
Pinnacles, and Joshua Tree.
- Nevada: Red Rocks.
- New Hampshire:
- Thailand: Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le.
- France: Calanque
d'En-Vau and Dentelles de Montmirail.
- Alpine rock climbing routes:
- Cathedral Peak
(Southeast Buttress, 5.7)
- Lone Pine Peak (North Ridge, 5.4)
- Mt. Whitney (East Buttress, 5.8),
- Mt. Russell (Fishhook Arete, 5.9)
- Mt. Sill (Swiss
- Temple Crag (Sun Ribbon Arete, 5.9,
Venitian Blind, 5.7)
- Bear Creek Spire (North Arete, 5.8)
- Clyde Minaret (South-East Face Direct, 5.9+)
- Mt. Dana (Third Pillar, 5.10)
- Mt. Conness (North
ski and ski mountaineering
- Summer 2013: Across
Ladakh and Zanskar.
- Central Asia:
- Kyrgyzstan 1998: Ala Archa, Terskey Alatau.
- Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan 2004: Aksu and Kichi-Alai
2006: Fann mountains.
2008: Visokiy Alay, Western Kokshaal-Too.
2009: Shakhdara range, Vanch valley (Pamir).
2010: Tanymas river, Abdukagor glacier (Pamir).
- Kyrgyzstan 2011: Traverse
of Turkestan range, Teskey
- China: Yunnan
2005 (Tiger Leaping Gorge).
June 2003: Djebel
October 2003: Djebel
June 2004: Djebel
- June 2006: High
Atlas of Marrakech
- June 2008: Tabant-Mgoun-Imejdag-Taghia-Oussikis
- July 2010: Traverse
of the East ridge of the Mgoun massif
- April 2013: Ait-Bouguemez
Valley to Anmiter around Jebel Rat.
- Summer 1973: Danakil desert, highlands
of Tigray, Siemen
- April-May 2012: Mekele
to Debark via Lalibela.
- March 2013: Across
the Bale Mountains from Dodola to Harenna Forest.
Huayhuash 2003, Vilcabamba 1997 and 1999, and Vilcanota 1999.
- Argentina: Fitzroy 2001.
- Chile: Torres del Paine 2001.
- Summer 1967: a tour of the
Middle-East: Turkey, Iran, Koweit, Irak, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.
- Summer 1969: from the mouth of the
Nile to its source and slightly beyond: Egypt, Soudan, Uganda, Kenya,
- Summer 1970: by car from France to
Pakistan and back: Italy, Yougoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan,
- Spring and Winter 1983: Algeria (Moab,
- January 2008: Saudi
Arabia (Medain Saleh).
- February 2008: Sailing
across the Andaman Sea.
- February 2010: Saudi
Arabia (black and white volcanoes of Harrat Khaybar).
- October 2010: Damascus.
- Turkey: Gaziantep
Pasa (2009), Cappadocia