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Antofalla, cheers!

Antofalla, cheers! - Approaching the snow line while climbing North-westerns slopes of volcano Antofalla, Puna de Atacama, Andes, Argentina

The very first ever solo expedition and ascent of Antofalla volcano 6440m (21,130ft) – the North-western summit – one of the highest and most remote volcanoes on the planet. It was on my to-do list for years. Two weeks of acclimatization and warm-up climbs, 220 liters (60 gallons) of gasoline loaded in my truck, GPS with all possible planed routes, 30 liters (10 gallons) of water, plenty of pasta and tomato sauce, crampons, and beer from Tierra del Fuego. Then I was screaming from joy running down on pumice gravel on the steep slopes with endless view in front of me. I climbed Antofalla, cheers.

Personal advise from my own experience: Be very careful while opening your beer at the 4700m (15,400ft) basecamp to celebrate.

Photo: Approaching the snow line while climbing North-westerns slopes of volcano Antofalla, Puna de Atacama, Andes, Argentina

The Salar

The Salar - Salt and mud mountains at the North-Eastern Salar Antofalla, Puna de Atacama, Argentina

Lost in the high Andes between two long ranges of remote volcanoes. A hundred miles long jewel. A place of eerie beauty and colors I thought nature cannot produce. A place of an endless horizon where Earth is still forming. A place where you never stop smiling. My visit to Salar Antofalla – a place of unbelievable landscapes.

Photo: Salt and mud mountains at the North-Eastern Salar Antofalla, Puna de Atacama, Argentina.