Officially booked! Mid-July I'll be leaving for Lima, Peru to go climb one of the most breathe-taking peaks in the world, Alpamayo, which stands at an impressive 19,511 feet above sea-level.

I'll be arriving in Lima on July 18th, then taking an 8-hour bus ride down to Huaraz, the gateway to the Cordillera Blanca, a mountain range in Peru that boasts some of the biggest peaks in the world only second to those in the Himalayas. Over the next two weeks we will be training and practicing some more technical climbing skills before attempting the peak as it involves some steep ice climbing up to the summit. After that, we'll be climbing its neighbouring peak, Quitaraju (19,816 ft) for good measure (and for some sweet views of the region).

Both of these peaks will be great practice for my Mt. Everest 2013 climb and they will also get me some good high-altitude experience up near 20,000 feet (which is roughly the height of Mt. Kilimanjaro, FYI).

Did I also mention that the USA Memory Championship is on Saturday? Come out if you can! It's free to come watch. It's held at the ConEdison building in lower Manhattan, NYC.