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21/03/17
WORLD RECORD ON LLULLAILLACO
High altitude record for flights of commercial drone

On the 21st of January 2017, exactly at 10:58 h., 4 climbers from Germany and the SPONDYLUS team reached the summit of Llullaillaco at a height of 6.739 m / 22.110 ft. Since the mountain El Plomo (5,424 m / 17.795 ft) and the volcano Pili or Acamarachi (6,046 m / 19.836 ft.) were successfully climbed before the Llullaillaco, the expedition group can be considered credited ...
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05/01/17
SPONDYLUS - KILIMANJARO / 2017
To the roof of Africa ...

We are very glad to inform you that we are planning the final details of the very first expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro & Mount Meru in the history of SPONDYLUS!!! To take place in June 2017. This is a trip designed for mountain and nature lovers. This is an open invitation to an adventure that will make you shiver and feel emotions that only Africa can transmit ...
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26/02/16
WITH SPONDYLUS TO MOUNT EVEREST
New journey to Nepal in April, 2016

The 25th of April, 2015 was the day of the big earthquake in Nepal. This day a SPONDYLUS team of Chilean mountaineers was already at the airport of Santiago in order to take their flight to Kathmandu. Due to the dramatic information in relation to the terrible disaster we had to take the last-minute decision to cancel our trip. But still in this moment a new trip was born ...
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11/11/14
JACK WOLFSKIN - AT HOME OUTDOORS
NEW COOPERATION WITH WORLD TRADEMARK FROM GERMANY

JACK WOLFSKIN originated in Germany, is the most important trademark in Europe, and the 4th most important in sales of outdoor clothing in the world. Their production is based on decades of experience and high technology, put on every single one of their products. The protection they offer for every type of weather, and the very high level of functionality ...
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21/10/14
GREAT SUCCESS AT MARMOLEJO VOLCANO
SKI EXPEDITION TO THE SOUTHERNMOST 6000ER OF THE WORLD

We are very proud to be able to publish the good news concerning the result of a unique mountain ski expedition to Marmolejo Volcano. This fantastic mountain has the characteristic of being the southernmost 6,000 m (19,685 ft)-plus peak in the world. SPONDYLUS organized with this expedition, one of the very few ski ascents of this mountain. The expedition team ...
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28/06/13
SPONDYLUS EVEREST BASE CAMP
22 CHILEANS LIVED THE ADVENTURE OF THEIR LIVES IN NEPAL

The great success of the two trips organized by SPONDYLUS to Nepal, one in October 2012 and the other in April 2013, makes us feel very glad and willing to organize more trips like these in the near future. This is about the well known Khumbu Trek, towards the Base Camp of Mount Everest. It is a trip full of emotions and adventure, because Nepal is an exotic and mystic country ...
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23/04/12
A UNIQUE TRIP
FROM THE HEART OF PATAGONIA TO THE BOLIVIAN HIGHLANDS

The SPONDYLUS team feels very glad for the excellent result of a unique trip which combined the wild and barren solitude of Patagonia, with the boundless vastness of the Bolivian highlands. The natural and cultural contrasts between these two regions couldn´t be bigger ...
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01/02/12
MOUNTAIN BIKE IN PATAGONIA
BREATHTAKING SPONDYLUS MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURE IN "THE SOUTH OF THE WORLD"

Patagonia, the "South of the World" – land of storms, built by ice and granite! In December 2011 - January 2012, SPONDYLUS and PROGETTO AVVENTURA from Italy, undertook a mountain bike expedition to this fantastic land. The team of Spondylus (Hans-Martin Schmitt, Adrian Germishuizen and Patricio Villalón) and Carlo Pelizzari from Progetto Avventura ...
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13/09/11
LIPPI - GO HIGH
NEW UNIFORM FOR THE SPONDYLUS TEAM

Already at the end of 2009, a Alliance between SPONDYLUS and LIPPI was formed. We are very pleased with this agreement. In SPONDYLUS we know very well that the quality of outdoor gear and equipment is very important for the success and safety in our job. We have put our physical health in the hands of LIPPI ...
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07/09/11
THE FLOWERING DESERT
THE MIRACLE OF ATACAMA - BEGINNING OF THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE DAV (GERMAN ANDEAN CLUB) & SPONDYLUS

We chose the Atacama Desert as the destiny for our first trip where, during the months of September & October, the phenomenon of the Flowering Desert is expected ...
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19/04/11
ACONCAGUA "THE STONE SENTINEL"
SUCCESSFUL EXPEDITION OF SPONDYLUS AND MWGuiding TO MOUNT ACONCAGUA

With an altitude of 6.962 meters / 22.841 feet, Mount Aconcagua is the highest peak in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, and the highest anywhere in the world besides the Himalayas. It is one of the "Seven Summits". The origin of the name probably comes from the Quechua Ackon Cahuak, that means "Sentinel of Stone" ...
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25/01/11
ACCLIMATIZATION IN THE ATACAMA DESERT
BELGIUM MOUNTAINEERS PREPARED THEIR ASCENT FOR MOUNT ACONCAGUA IN THE ATACAMA DESERT

An expedition team formed by three Belgium mountaineers Ivan Knaepen, Jozef "Jo" Vandeberg and Willem Peeters and their SPONDYLUS mountain guide Adrian Germishuizen, made a challenging trek with a climb to the Lascar Volcano (5605m / 18390feet) in order to help acclimatize the three alpinists to reach the objective of their trip: ...
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10/12/10
WALKING HIGH FOR A BETTER FUTURE
LAST STEP COMPLETED - 6200M REACHED

After the successfull ascend of mount Lascar we did a long drive from San Pedro area to the fantastic Laguna Verde, close to Ojos del Salado. There we set up our tents for some nights. The original plan to do an acclimatization tour to the 6000m- peak San Francisco had to be skipped due to ...
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28/11/10
WALKING HIGH FOR A BETTER FUTURE
EIGHT DAY: SUCCESSFUL ASCENT OF LASCAR VOLCANO - 5605M

It gets a little bit more expensive for our sponsors now: We successfully completed the fitness-check at Lascar Volcano, 5605m. We drove from San Pedro de Atacama to Laguna Legia, a little lake full with Flamingos. The night at this place at about 4400m was cold, a first check for our ability to deal with low temperatures ...
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26/11/10
WALKING HIGH FOR A BETTER FUTURE
SIXTH DAY - 4320M

Start of the acclimatization trek - San Pedro de Atacama (2440m) to Machuca (4050m). Gentle walks along the rivers Rio San Pedro and Rio Grande which we had to cross a lot of times. As there are no bridges each cross was associated with wet shoes and feet (wet feet in the desert ...?!)
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22/11/10
WALKING HIGH FOR A BETTER FUTURE
MISSION READY TO START!

Finally arrived in San Pedro de Atacama in the heart of the Atacama Desert. No luggage missing. MISSION READY TO START! ...
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24/08/10
DEATH VALLEY
"REISE AN´S ENDE DER WELT" PRESENTS NEW VIDEO

In November 2009, REISE ANS ENDE DER WELT and SPONDYLUS filmed several chapters of a sequence of videos in the fantastic region around the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama in the North of Chile. We have already shown four of these interesting videos ...
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20/08/10
THE ANGELS OF ACONCAGUA
EXPEDITION DIARY OF BEATRIZ DELGADO FONFACH

On Wednesday, February 3rd., 2010, At 11 am, the blue Suzuki jeep, driven by Paty Soto (Chilean), left Santiago de Chile, heading towards Mendoza, Argentina. Inspired by a Spondylus project, and in the company of Sue Wills (Australian), and myself, Beatriz Delgado Fonfach (Chilean), a human and spiritual contraband, she followed a winding road leaving behind not only the city asphalt, but also our worries, jobs, daily chores ...
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14/04/10
ALL-FEMALE EXPEDITION: ACONCAGUA
THE WHOLEGROUP WITH PATRICIA SOTO ON THE SUMMIT OF AMERICA´S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN

In February 2010 SPONDYLUS celebrated one of the greatest events in its young history. The mountain guide Patricia Soto together with the two female mountaineers Sue Wills from Canada and Beatriz Delgado from Chile, in one of the very few all-female expeditions to Mount Aconcagua ever done ...
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15/03/10
CONQUEST OF THE OJOS DEL SALADO’S SUMMIT
FOUR MOUNTAINEERS FROM GERMANY AND AUSTRIA ON THE TOP OF CHILE´S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN

The group of four mountaineers from Germany and Austria reached together with the mountain guide Hans-Martin Schmitt from SPONDYLUS, the summit of the Ojos del Salado, with an altitude of 6893m / 22616 feet ...
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11/03/10
UYUNI SALT FLAT & CHILEAN-BOLIVIAN ALTIPLANO
HUGO ORTIZ PRESENTS NEW VIDEO

On November 2009, Hans from SPONDYLUS, and Hugo Ortiz from KOBLER & PARTNER (www.kobler-partner.ch) from Switzerland, guided together a wonderful trip across the Chilean and Bolivian Altiplano ...
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08/03/10
ITB BERLIN
CARLA MESSENGER FROM SPONDYLUS PARTICIPATES ON THE WORLD´S LEADING TRAVEL TRADE SHOW IN BERLIN, GERMANY, MARCH 10 - 14th, 2010

The largest variety of ways of travelling in the world is presented at the ITB Berlin: destinations, tour operators, booking systems, carriers, hotels and all other suppliers who want to attract their customers during the most beautiful weeks of the year ...
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16/02/10
NEW VIDEOS
YAKANA THE SACRED LLAMA AND ASCENT OF CERRO TOCO

SPONDYLUS feels very glad to have the possibility to publish two new videos which we were filming together with "Reise ans Ende der Welt" in November 2009. A beautiful hike in the surrounding of San Pedro de Atacama ...
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29/01/10
ON THE ROOF OF AMERICA
SUCCESSFUL EXPEDITION OF SPONDYLUS AND MWGUIDING FROM SWITZERLAND TO OJOS DEL SALADO

The High Plateau in the 3rd region of Chile, the Atacama Region, has the highest concentration of mountains with an altitude over 6500 meters in the Andes. For this it is considered as "The Roof of the Americas" ...
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28/12/09
REISE ANS ENDE DER WELT
SPONDYLUS PARTICIPATES IN A FILM PROJECT IN SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

During the month of November two SPONDYLUS guides, Adrian Germishuizen and Hans-Martin Schmitt were fortunate to participate in a film project organized by "Reise ans Ende der Welt (Trip to the End of the World)". Adrian and Hans were invited because of their long experience and vast knowledge concerning this region ...
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30/11/09
JOSHUA IVERSON: ON THE ROOF OF ATACAMA
SUCCESSFUL ASCENT OF THE PILI (6052M), A HIGH ALTITUDE INCA CEREMONIAL SANCTUARY

The 33 year old guy from Utah in the United States, Josh Iverson took part in a SPONDYLUS expedition, the objective, to reach the summit of the Pili volcano ...
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08/10/09
ACONCAGUA WITH PATRICIA SOTO
UNIQUE ALL-FEMALE EXPEDITION TO MOUNT ACONCAGUA (6962M / 22841FT) WITH PATRICIA SOTO IN FEBRUARY 2010

Mt. Aconcagua (6962m / 22841ft) is the highest mountain in the Americas. It was climbed for the first time in January 14, 1897 by Swiss mountaineer Matthias Zurbriggen. Afterwards it slowly became a goal for mountaineers everywhere. The popularity of this giant between Chile and Argentina is based on the fact that it is one of the "7 summits" ...
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07/07/09
SALIN VOLCANO
FIRST CLIMB OF SALIN'S NORTH-EAST FACE BY A SPONDYLUS-TEAM (6050M)

A Spondylus scientific team realized the fifth successful climb of the Salin volcano, opening a new north east route. The expedition was designed to search for pre-Columbian artifacts, in a very remote and inhospitable region ...
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