Success on Chimborazo
December 7, 2004

Richard and I were successful on Chimborazo (Veintemilla) yesterday. It was a massive day making the ascent in a little under 7 hours to gain the 6,267m (20,561ft) summit. The snow condition was excellent allowing us to make good speed up the mountain. Unfortunately the wind was terrible, and we both had a layer of […]

Success on Cotopaxi!
December 3, 2004

Just returned from a summit success on Cotopaxi, Ecuador’s second highest mountain measuring in at just under 6,000mts. The snow condition was terrible, so made the climb very (very) difficult. Currently absolutely exhausted, so heading for an afternoon nap. Chimborazo in two days. Signing out from Quito.

Trekking the Quilotoa Crater Lake.
November 30, 2004

Just back from 4 days in the Quilotoa Crater Lake region. Had a great time. The Crater Lake is very similar to the Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, USA (but not quite as impressive). Plan was to Trek up to the Crater, the next day trek around the rim and on the last day […]

Ecuador – The Travels Continue
November 25, 2004

So after a few months back in San Francisco, it is now time to get a last little bit of travel in before the New Year. This time, it is just me (Stephen), with Caroline keeping the home fires burning. Arrived in Ecuador three days ago. The flight was uneventful. Just spent these last three […]

Back in San Francisco.
October 23, 2004

It’s been a week now since we moved into a new apartement in San Francisco’s South Beach area, next to the Giants Baseball Stadium. We are in the same building as before, with the same fantastic view and signed a lease for 6 months. It feels good to have a home again! The move went […]

North America Road Trip
Back in the Bay Area!
October 12, 2004

Between our off-road adventure and getting back to the Bay Area we have seen lots of beautiful, impressive and/or weird things. So indulge me in giving an overview in a few photo albums. On October 8th we made it to Livermore where we stayed a couple of nights with Lita and Patrick; we then crashed […]

North America Road Trip
Sterlin goes Off-Road, UT
October 3, 2004

Today we visited Canyonlands National Park. Instead of taking the paved roads, we decided to take one of the 4WD only roads. This enabled us to get away from the crowds and access great views of the Colorado River. The trip started out down a rather simple sand road. Although, the ranger had told us […]

A Touch of Wyoming, Colorado and Utah
October 2, 2004

After Mt Rushmore we continued to Devil’s Tower, WY – a close encounter of the best kind! We then left the cornfields of Wyoming for the Rockies in Colorado. ‘Rocky Mountains National Park’ was worth the drive-through. We stopped in Georgetown, about 40 miles west of Denver to visit Eric and Lisa, whom we met […]

North America Road Trip
Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse, SD
September 28, 2004

After several days of driving through cornfields (and believe me, all cornfields look alike), the Black Hills of South West Dakota were a very welcome sight. Somewhere between the cornfields of Iowa, we did manage to find a ballpark and the ‘Field of Dreams’ movie site. Today we visited Crazy Horse Memorial, which they have […]

Family & Friends
Greetings from London – part 2.
September 23, 2004

I am currently in Putney, London, spending my last couple of hours in an internet cafe – of course. In a few hours I’ll make my way to Heathrow to board a plane to Chicago. Can’t wait to be with Stephen again!!!! My visit to London was absolutely fabulous – thanks to all my friends. […]

Bolivian Experience
Mt Illimani – Success!!!
September 20, 2004

Just back from 6 days in the mountains, where we successfully summited Mt Illimani (6,438m/22,354ft). It was a long day involving 8 hours and 43 minutes to get up and 4 hours and 35 minutes to get down. But made it up and down safely (and with no blisters!). Now relaxing in the La Paz […]

Family & Friends
Greetings from London!
September 20, 2004

Just a quick one to let you all know that I am in London at the moment. Have had a great time so far catching up with friends (Silvia & Wayne, Heleen, Annemie, Kristin) and wandering around. And I’ve got more catching up to look forward to (Dan & Lisa, hopefully Pete, and Bruce)! I […]