I have always been a big traveler. I tend not to enjoy much of the sight seeing or tourist events but rather to get to know people, discover new ways of life and enjoy the beauty and nature of my surroundings. Skiing and surfing were my first passions and I have tried to do one of those things on almost every trip I have gone on (depending on location and availability of course). Recently however, I have been trying to branch out a little more and see what kinds of other activities await me. One of the things I have gotten into is climbing. It was hard to learn at first. Ok maybe not hard to learn but at least difficult to get the muscle for. Climbing expeditions require a lot of leg power, which I had from other activities but it’s way more of a full body workout than other things I have done in the past. I started with some indoor climbing and some easy walls I found randomly across my ventures. After a bit of training and practice I started moving up to bigger challenges both in my hometown and whenever I was traveling. The accumulation of all of this work is finally ahead of me. I have decided to bring my climbing up to the next level by attacking some of the bigger climbing expeditions, probably in South America; from what I have read on the Internet and AMGA Guides, South America has some of the best climbing without being too terribly far away. I haven’t decided exactly where to go or what to do but I have been looking particularly at Peru and the Alpamayo and Quitaraju mountains. I have read in a few climbing guides that they are good, hefty climbing trips but also not so hard that the chances of me dying as soon as I get a few miles up isn’t too high. Since this will be my first big climbing expedition I figure I might as well start reasonable and then make my way up as I see fit. Just like with any other hardcore outdoor sport, going too above your limit can be pretty dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. Thankfully you can hire someone to come with you on most of these climbs so at least there is some added security. Even more experienced climbers usually say to go with someone who really knows what they are doing so I feel that is probably a good idea no matter how confident I may come to feel with my own climbing skills. If these go well then I will look into climbing harder mountains, maybe Tibet or Nepal, I have heard the climbing there is some of the best in the world. All of the people I train with talk about those climbs a lot. It is a beautiful region anyway so either way it should be a fantastic trip with fantastically interesting people, scenery and best of all, food.