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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 Cosley.
(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 times).
- Alaska: McKinley
(6100m, up to 5000m)
- Mexico: Pico
de Orizaba (5636m)
- Ecuador: Cotopaxi
(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 Ri (6186m), Sherpani Col (6146m), West Col (6143m), and Amphu Lapsta (5845m).
Khan Tengri (7000m, up to 5900m).
- Xinjiang (China): Muztagh Ata (7546m).
- Tibet: Cho Oyu (8200m, up to 7100m).
- Indonesia: Mt.
Binaiya on Seram
- Japan: Fuji.
- Sport climbing:
- California: Owens
Gorge, Bishop area, Rock Creek, Yosemite Valley,
Pinnacles, and Joshua Tree.
- Nevada: Red Rocks.
- New Hampshire: Rumney.
- Thailand: Phi Phi
Don and Phi Phi
- 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,
- Mt. Sill (Swiss Arete, 5.6)
- Temple Crag (Sun Ribbon Arete, 5.9,
Venitian Blind, 5.7)
- Bear Creek Spire (North Arete,
- Clyde Minaret (South-East Face Direct, 5.9+)
- Mt. Dana (Third Pillar, 5.10)
- Mt. Conness (North Ridge, 5.6)
Randonnee ski and ski
- Summer 2013: Across
Ladakh and Zanskar.
- Central Asia:
- Kyrgyzstan 1998: Ala Archa, Terskey Alatau.
- Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan 2004: Aksu and Kichi-Alai (Kyrgyzstan),Fann
2006: Fann mountains.
2008: Visokiy Alay, Western Kokshaal-Too.
2009: Shakhdara range, Vanch
2010: Tanymas river, Abdukagor
- Kyrgyzstan 2011: Traverse
of Turkestan range, Teskey Ala-Too.
- China: Yunnan
2005 (Tiger Leaping Gorge).
June 2003: Djebel Toubkal
October 2003: Djebel Mgoun
June 2004: Djebel Waougoulzat
- 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.
1973: Danakil desert, highlands
of Tigray, Siemen mountains.
- April-May 2012: Mekele to Debark via Lalibela.
- March 2013: Across
the Bale Mountains from Dodola to Harenna Forest.
- November-December 2013: Korem to Tenta via Muja and Magdala.
Huayhuash 2003, Vilcabamba
1997 and 1999, and Vilcanota 1999.
- Argentina: Fitzroy 2001.
- Chile: Torres del
- 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, Sudan,
Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania.
- Summer 1970: by car from France to
Pakistan and back: Italy, Yougoslavia, Greece,
Turkey, Iran, Pakistan,
- Summer 1972: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore,
- December 1973: Algeria
- 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
(2009), Sanliurfa (2009), Diyarbakir
(2009), Ishak Pasa (2009), Cappadocia