In December 2014, Meagan attempted to climb Ojos del Salado in the Atacama Desert. She hired a guide to take her to the peak, as she had never been there before. There was a lot of wind on the summit morning, and it was deemed best to turn around only 30 feet from the summit!!
In January 2017, Meagan returned to Ojos del Salado, for a second attempt. It had snowed quite a bit on the mountain, which was unusual for the time of year. It would not have been a problem - but with a very accelerated acclimatization schedule stressing the body, and a deep chill affecting most climbers on the summit night - she was one of many who made the decision to turn around and return safely to camp. Most unfortunate to not make it to the summit, but she'll be back! Hard to leave it unfinished at this point!!
Patagonia, Chile, January 2016
Following the very successful expedition to Vinson Massif in January 2016, which ended a few days early, Meagan took the opportunity to travel to Patagonia and hike the beautiful trails of Torres del Paine National Park.
The terrain was gorgeous, even in the persistent cloud cover and rainy weather. Hiking beside lakes and in the trees, and viewing the blue ice glaciers, the granite spires and walking along the pampas was great fun!
New Brunswick, Canada, April 2016
In April 2016, Meagan got an email from a film-maker friend, Dianne Whelan. She asked Meagan to guide her along the earliest (seasonal) crossing of the Fundy Footpath as part of her film project: 500 Days in the Wild, an epic adventure as she hikes, bikes and paddles the Trans-Canada Trail.
Turns out - the Fundy Footpath, in New Brunswick, Canada, is an awesome hike! It is fairly unknown in parts outside Eastern Canada - but I highly recommend it! It was technically winter, but the conditions were not too bad. With more snow, the hike would be quite an excellent challenge!
November 2011 & October 2010
Always seeking an adventure, Meagan decided in early 2016 to embark on a jungle adventure. But she had not climbed for a while, and she missed the thin air. Jump to December 2016, and Meagan departed for Papua, Indonesia for a jungle/mountain expedition. In her research of the climb, she found the names of a couple other climbers who had made the attempt. The key was to find a "fixer" (logistician) who could sort out transport, permits, porters, etc in country. She found a fella, and she joined him upon her arrival.
No summits were attained due to things way outside her control, but it was a helluva adventure! Which really....was kind of the point ;-)
Manadala & Trikora
Papua, Indonesia, December 2016
Atacama Desert, Chile, January 2017
Nepal, November 2011
Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse (20,285 ft / 6183 m), is an excellent trekking peak that is perfect for introducing folks to climbing in the Himalayas.
Meagan was a Guide-in-Training for this climb, and it was a great experience.
Ama Dablam (22,494 ft / 6856m) stands prominently in the Khumbu Valley, and is particularly notable on the way to Everest Base Camp.
Meagan first attempted Ama Dablam in Oct 2010; it was a long shot as it was very early in the season and she only had a few days to give it a shot, but any time in the mountains is time well spent. Her second attempt was successful in Nov 2011. A heck of a fun go - with stunning views, great exposure - a wonderful mix of rock and mountain climbing skills.
Ecuador, May 2013
Everest Base Camp Trek
Nepal, April 2010
Peru, May 2013
Machu Picchu! It's one of those things to see! (Yes, there are lots of people here but....) you really can make this your own adventure!
Trek in, via the Inca Trail or the Salkantay or any of the other options, enjoy the pleasant, easy hikes; breathe in the fresh air; find the hot springs; fall in love with cherimoya! Oh - and see the ancient ruins - quite fascinating!
Ecuador offers exceptional access to very high peaks. The climbing is established in Ecuador, and there are hot springs everywhere as the peaks you're climbing are typically volcanoes. Within the space of a week or so, Meagan was able to acclimatize on smaller peaks, Pasachoa (20,565 ft / 6268m), Illiniza Norte (16,818 ft / 5126 m), in preparation for climbs on Cotopaxi (19,347 ft / 5897m) and Chimborazo (20,565 ft / 6268m).
There is so much to do here - it's worth a few visits!
Meagan co-guided an Everest Base Camp Trek in March 2010. Trekkers hiked through the gorgeous mountainous valleys in the Khumbu region of Nepal, ventured up to Goyko Peak, ascended Kala Patar, and visited Everest Base Camp.
When "The Adventure Travel Company" asked Meagan to guide the trip - one that she is very familiar with - she jumped at the chance to share the experience with others!
Other Climbs & Treks