David Roberts from New Generation Verbier has just got home from a ski-mountaineering trip to Bolivia. With his friend John Biggar of “Andes“, he climbed and skied a handful of peaks in the Cordillera Real, all of them over 5,000 metres high.
Setting out to ski in the Cordillera Real.
The highlight of their stay was a 5 day expedition to climb and ski Mururata (5,864m), near La Paz. Getting to top involved a day of off-road driving and two days of walking before they even got to the bottom of the glacier. After that it was just 5 hours climb to the top, including a close encounter with a crevasse, just below the summit. Most of the snow on the ski down was hard and icy: which made for a fast descent. One section at 5, 600m was ankle-deep, smooth, Spring-snow and superb to ski on. After two more nights camping they were back in La Paz, enjoying great South American steaks, before flying home.
Climbing Mururata, with La Paz way out to the left.
This coming winter, David will be running courses in Verbier for instructors who would like to perfect their skills before they take the BASI Level 4 European Mountain Safety exam. You can find out more by visiting the Instructor Courses pages of the New Generation website.