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Illimani Bolivia One Big Day



Just cruising through Wild Snow and thought I'd link back to a story that they published on a trip the 8kpeak.com crew took to Illimani in 2012.   This was a massive big ski for us!  We had been on expeditions several times over a period of 16 years and skied dozens of peaks in Bolivia, but in 3 previous attempts for a variety of reasons, never managed to ski 21,150 foot Illimani which is really the crown peak of the Cordillera Real Range.  So nearly 16 years to the day from the first attempt, we pulled it off with style.  It was a single day effort and the altimeter registered 8,995 feet of climbing when said and done.  When I got back to the tent that afternoon, I was too tired to try and get it to an even 9,000 feet.  Check out the link to Wildsnow.com from last November.


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  • mike marolt

    Cam, In our view, to not ski it would be more nuts. haha. Let the training begin partner!

  • Cameron Burns

    Illimani is not your average Andean peak. I chatted online once with Bolivia’s most famous alpinist——Alain Mesili (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alain_Mesili). He went to jail in Bolivia because he was working on a free the people kind of campaign. He said Illimani is one of the harder peaks simply to climb. And you crazy blokes skied it? Okay, you’re nuts. Train me up on being nuts.

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