Returning to the "Adventurer’s Club of Los Angeles" for his fourth presentation,
Yonni Schwartz will share his experience and photos of his last adventure to
the remote region of Bolivia’s Southern Altiplano.
Bolivia’s Southern Altiplano region stretchers southwards from La Paz, about 500 miles,
all the way to the southwest corner of Bolivia, where the borders of Chile, Argentina and Bolivia meet.
This region encompasses majestic volcanic peaks, swathes of treeless wilderness,
bizarre rock formations, white emptiness of the salars – salt desert flats,
hot springs and an array of colored lagoons.
A combination of this region’s high altitude (ranging from 12,000 to 21,460 feet above sea level)
with below freezing temperatures, scouring winds and lack of shelter or vegetation
can sometimes make traveling through this region something of an endurance test.
Through his presentation, Yonni will share his experience of exploring the natural landscape of this
remote southwestern corner of Bolivia, one of the world’s harshest wilderness.
He will share his encounter with wildlife in this region,
which is an important refuge for many Andean wildlife species.
In addition, Yonni will share his knowledge of the history and human landscape of the region,
including remote mining communities and villages which livelihood relies on the cultivation of corn,
potatoes and quinoa in combination of llama herding.
Yonni Schwartz, the founder and main guide of
PEACEFUL EDGE ADVENTURES is
an experienced professional traveler,
with over 28 years of world travel experience and 3 years of extensive medical and survival training.
Throughout his travels Yonni has made it a point to learn about the physical and
human landscape of the various regions he travels through.
As Yonni travels through a region he always tries to learn about the native people,
their culture and history.
He also learns about the geological and geomorphological history of the region.
Yonni tends to combine in his travels outdoor activities such as: mountain climbing, backpacking,
hiking, scuba diving, kayaking, surfing and horse packing.
Ladies Night - Open Thursday
Gary Zeigler - Inca Heartland
A narrated slide presentation about Gary Ziegler’s 45-year history of exploration and investigation of Inca sites in
Peru’s mountainous Inca heartland by foot, machete, rope and mule...
Gary Ziegler is an archaeologist and explorer specializing in extreme, remote environments.
He grew up on skis and peaks in Colorado.
As a teenager, he ran the first Pikes Peak Marathon,
completing it again on the marathon’s 50th anniversary.
He staffed for the Peace Corps in Washington DC, Puerto Rico and Ecuador/Colombia.
He led an American Alpine Club expedition to Peru climbing 14 peaks above 20,000 feet
with first ascents of seven over 18,000’.
He served as an intelligence specialist with Army Special Forces and the Australian SAS in Vietnam leaving as a Captain.
He founded and currently operates 4000 acre Bear Basin Ranch near Westcliffe, Colorado, raising horses and cows.
Gary has served as County Sheriff, volunteer fireman and trained the county search/rescue unit.
He also trained and headed the Sheriff’s Mounted Horse Patrol.
He is an ocean sailor, having crewed on a square rigger, worked sailing charters,
and sailed around South/Central America, the Caribbean and the Aegean Sea.
Following studies at Colorado College and completion of graduate studies at Peru’s National University in the 1960s,
he has led a series of annual exploratory expeditions in remote regions of the Andes
and the Peruvian cloud forest that continue, supported by the Royal Geographical Society,
the Explorers Club, like organizations and funding team members.
Among his better known discoveries and investigations are the Vilcabamba Inca sites, Lisascayhuana, Cota Coca
and Machu Picchu’s extensive ceremonial neighbor, Llactapata.
He led part of the National Geographic team that discovered and excavated Inca Corihuyrachina in 2001.
He has recently completed a book on the Inca royal estate and ceremonial complex,
Choquequirao with University of Colorado archaeo astronomer, Kim Malville.
The publication represents several decades of field investigations and collection of data at this enigmatic, remote mountain site.
He has co directed and featured in films for the Discovery Channel,
History Channel, BBC, National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Lonely Planet and has
been a guest expert on NPR’s Science Friday.
He is published in profession journals and numerous publications.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London, the Explorers Club, and a sometime lecturer at Colorado College.
With gratitude to Allan R. Smith, club member #1069, our source for this program.
Annual Christmas Party Members and Invited Male Guests
Mark your December calendar for our annual Christmas Party.
Our Christmas party is always a fitting end to a hectic year, a time to kick back and enjoy the company of fellow adventurer’s.
Our bar opens at 6:00 p.m., and a dinner of prime beef with all of the accoutrements will start at 7:00 p.m.
For your enjoyment classy and classic jazz will be played, followed by a short awards ceremony and the introduction of next year’s Board of Directors.
Dress is classy-casual which is the usual “come-to-the-club” attire.
Please call soon (323-223-3948) and make your reservations early to notify us that you will be attending and who you will be bringing with you
so that we can prepare this very special evening just for you.