Patagonia Mountain Range

Patagonia is a spectacular region for hiking and climbing, offering stunning landscapes and challenging terrain for outdoor enthusiasts. Some of the best places to hike and climb the Patagonia mountains include:

  • Torres del Paine National Park, Chile: This is one of the most famous national parks in Patagonia and offers a range of hiking and climbing options, including the famous W Trek, the O Circuit, and the summit of Cerro Paine.
  • Mount Fitz Roy, Argentina: In Los Glaciers National Park, Mount Fitz Roy is a popular destination for climbers, offering challenging routes and breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
  • Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina: Although not a mountain, the Perito Moreno Glacier is a popular destination for hiking and ice climbing, offering a unique and challenging experience for adventurous travelers.
  • Mount Tronador, Argentina: This mountain is located near the border with Chile and offers a range of hiking and climbing options, including the ascent of its three peaks and the opportunity to cross its glaciers.
  • The Dientes de Navarino Circuit, Chile: This challenging hiking trail takes you through the rugged landscapes of Isla Navarino, offering stunning views of the Beagle Channel and the surrounding mountains.
  • Mount San Lorenzo, Argentina: This mountain is one of the highest in Patagonia, offering a challenging climb for experienced mountaineers and stunning views of the surrounding area.
  • Cerro Castillo, Chile: This mountain is located near Coyhaique. It offers a range of hiking and climbing options, including the ascent of its famous spires and the opportunity to cross its glaciers.
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These are just a few fantastic places to hike and climb in Patagonia. Whether you are an experienced mountaineer or a beginner hiker, Patagonia has something for everyone.

The most spectacular season to climb in Patagonia is generally during the summer months of December to February, also the peak season for tourism. During this time, the weather is more stable, and longer daylight hours make it easier to complete climbs and hikes. However, it’s important to note that the weather in Patagonia can be unpredictable and change quickly, even during the summer months. Therefore, it’s recommended to check weather forecasts and trail conditions before embarking on any climbs or hikes and to be prepared for all kinds of weather conditions. Additionally, some promotions may be closed during the winter months due to snow and ice conditions, so it’s essential to research the specific climb or hike you are interested in before planning your trip.

Permits are usually required for climbing in Patagonia, especially if you plan to rise in a national park or protected area. Each park or region has regulations and permit requirements, so it’s essential to research the specific climb or hike you are interested in and check with the relevant authorities for permit information.

For example, in Torres del Paine National Park, climbers must obtain a permit to climb any of the peaks or access certain park areas. In Los Glaciers National Park, climbers must obtain a license to climb Fitz Roy and other mountains. The permit fees and requirements may vary depending on the park or area.

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It’s essential to obtain the necessary permits before your climb or hike to ensure you comply with the regulations and avoid fines or penalties. Additionally, some areas may have limited tickets, so booking in advance is recommended to secure your spot.

When hiking and climbing in Patagonia, having the appropriate gear to ensure your safety and comfort is paramount. Some essential gear for hiking and climbing in Patagonia include:

  • Good quality hiking boots with good ankle support and a sturdy sole
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants
  • Warm layers such as fleece or wool sweaters, hats, and gloves
  • Sun protection such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat
  • Insulated water bottle or thermos to keep drinks warm in cold weather
  • Sleeping bag rated for cold temperatures.
  • Backpack with a rain cover to carry all your gear and supplies.
  • Navigation tools such as a map and compass or GPS
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • First-aid kit with basic medical supplies such as bandages, antiseptic, and pain relievers

Additionally, for climbers, specialized gear such as ropes, harnesses, helmets, and climbing protection will also be necessary. It’s essential to research the specific climb or hike you are interested in to determine any additional gear requirements.

Adventure Time Denali

Summiting Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, is a significant mountaineering challenge and requires a high level of skill and experience in cold-weather mountaineering. The following are some of the basic requirements and equipment needed to summit Denali:


  • Physical Fitness: Climbing Denali requires a high level of physical fitness. Climbers must be able to carry a heavy pack while trekking up steep slopes and across glaciers for extended periods.
  • Experience: Climbers must have experience in cold-weather mountaineering, particularly in high-altitude environments, and have experience with glacier travel, crevasse rescue, and other technical skills.
  • Training: Climbers must complete a training course in cold-weather mountaineering and altitude preparation.


  • Clothing: Warm and breathable clothing layers, including a waterproof outer layer, are necessary for the extreme conditions of Denali. Clothing should be designed for temperatures as low as -30F (-34C) and high winds. Insulated boots and crampons are also necessary.
  • Shelter: A sturdy, four-season tent is necessary to protect climbers from the harsh winds and snow at high elevations.
  • Food and Water: High-calorie, non-perishable foods that can be easily prepared are necessary for climbers to maintain their energy levels during the climb. In addition, water bottles or hydration systems capable of carrying a minimum of 4-6 liters of water are recommended.
  • Climbing Equipment: Climbing equipment, including ice axes, ropes, harnesses, carabiners, and pulleys, are necessary for glacier travel and crevasse rescue.
  • Communication Equipment: A satellite phone or radio, GPS device, and personal locator beacon are essential for climbers to communicate with their support team and to signal for emergency assistance.
  • Other Gear: Sunglasses, sunscreen, first aid kit, headlamps, and spare batteries, among other gear, should also be included.

It’s important to note that this is a partial list, and additional equipment and preparation may be necessary depending on the specific conditions and circumstances of the climb. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that climbers work with an experienced guide or join an organized expedition to increase their chances of success and safety on the mountain.

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The cost of climbing Denali can vary greatly depending on several factors, such as the type of climb (guided or unguided), the climb duration, the number of climbers in the group, the level of support required, and the gear and equipment needed. Here are some of the main expenses you might encounter:

  • Climbing Permit: The cost of a climbing permit to access Denali National Park can range from $350 to $1,050 per person, depending on the length of the climb and the number of climbers in the group.
  • Guided Expedition: If you choose to join a guided expedition, the cost can range from $5,000 to $25,000 per person, depending on the level of support provided, the length of the climb, and the number of climbers in the group. Guided expeditions typically include transportation, food, and gear such as tents and cooking equipment.
  • Travel and Accommodation: Climbers must factor in travel expenses to Alaska, including airfare, lodging, and transportation to and from the mountain. This can add several thousand dollars to the overall cost of the climb.
  • Gear and Equipment: The cost of gear and equipment can also vary significantly depending on the quality and quantity of gear needed. Climbers can expect to spend at least several thousand dollars on warm clothing, boots, crampons, ice axes, ropes, and other climbing equipment.
  • Other expenses to consider include food and supplies for the climb, insurance, and any necessary permits or licenses.

Overall, the total cost of a Denali climb can range from around $8,000 to $40,000 per person or more, depending on the abovementioned factors. Therefore, budgeting carefully and factoring in all potential expenses is essential to ensure a safe and successful climb.

Before attempting to climb Denali, having a significant amount of experience in cold-weather mountaineering and high-altitude climbing is crucial. Here are some of the places where climbers typically train before attempting to summit Denali:

  • Local Mountains: Climbers can start by gaining experience on local mountains in their area, especially those that offer similar terrain and elevation gain as Denali. This can include climbing routes on peaks such as Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Mount Hood, or the Cascades in the United States.
  • International Mountains: Climbers can also gain experience by climbing other high-altitude peaks worldwide, such as Aconcagua in Argentina, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, or the Himalayas.
  • Glacier Training: Glacier travel and crevasse rescue are essential for climbing Denali so that climbers can attend courses or training programs offering instruction. Many climbing schools and guiding companies offer glacier travel courses, such as the American Alpine Institute, the Alaska Mountaineering School, or the Colorado Mountain School.
  • High-Altitude Training: Climbers can train for high-altitude climbing by spending time at high elevations, such as hiking or climbing in the Rocky Mountains or the Sierra Nevada, or using a hypoxic training system to simulate high-altitude conditions.
  • Strength and Conditioning: Climbers need to be in top physical condition to attempt a climb like Denali, so they can also train by doing strength and conditioning exercises, such as weightlifting, cardio, and endurance training, to build up their strength and endurance.

Overall, climbers should aim to gain as much experience and training as possible before attempting to climb Denali to ensure they are prepared for the extreme conditions and challenges of the climb.

Stop Kicking Your Own Ass

Do you kick your own ass?

You’ve thrown in the towel before the fight even starts because your head says you cannot achieve anything. Friends and family say, no there is no way you can do that. So you just don’t even start.

Why??? Because you kicked your own ass!

You whipped yourself into submission. Don’t kick your own ass. For sure don’t listen to naysayers who say you can’t. THEY CANNOT, BUT YOU CAN! Are you really going to throw in the towel without even taking a step?

You have a chance to climb Mt. Everest all expenses paid, once in a lifetime opportunity. Just because today you’re out of shape you say NO. Without even trying to get into shape to do the climb, you merely say I’m 20 lbs. Overweight there is no way in hell I will ever do the hill. Are you kidding me???

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Last year when I got kicked in the gut as hard as I have in my lifetime, wanted to know nothing from nothing. I was finally able to say NO MORE. I am not kicking my own ass. This time I survive and win. This time I don’t fall flat on my face, ruin my life over something temporary.

Pain is temporary; fear is momentary if you believe that. If you don’t, then you just whipped your own ass. A good country ass whipping! Take a step back and say NO more!

Once you become laser focused that this time is your time to win. You will be amazed at the shift your life will make. When it does not seem that anything is moving your way, this is where you dig in and dig in hard. The enemy will fight with everything in his arsenal to get you to quit. Give up inches from the finish line because the darkness is such that you cannot see you’re mere inches from success. One step away, you’re there.

Imagine you’re in a battle alone. About to be overrun by the enemy. Would you not throw everything you had at the enemy to save your life? Same principal. When you feel overwhelmed to the point, you can’t do anymore. Find yourself and throw every damn thing you can pick up and throw. Let the enemy know that God is the reinforcements that are coming over the horizon.

Don’t settle anymore. Have faith in yourself even when those around you don’t. We can love our family and friends, but they’re not you. They’re not the new you. The person that wins this time. Why, because you’re not going to kick your own ass.

Pour your heart and faith into a new life. What the hell do you have to lose? Nothing! Gain, however, a life with meaning, an experience that with Gods help you design. When sitting on your rocking chair looking at the sunset, do you want to say “Wow, I did that,” or “Damn I WISH I had done that.”

You decide.

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