In 2005, fresh out of high school in South Africa and with zero alpine climbing experience, I set out on a six month solo mountaineering adventure through South America. The journey is a first-hand exploration of landscape, culture, spirituality and personal transformation, culminating in the high Andes of Peru.

Starting in Patagonia, memoirs of hitch-hiking, trekking, camping, climbing and encounters with diverse peoples are intertwined with discussions on ancient and modern Latin American culture as well as philosophical reflections on the mysteries of existence.

This travelogue challenged me to believe in the very best of myself and those I encountered along the way, and although the story ends in tragedy, it inspires an attitude towards life that seeks to transcend the limitations we and society impose, and a determination that goes beyond what we ordinarily expect of ourselves.

Along the way, I came to realize that adventure is not merely about putting one’s life on the line in the great outdoors, but about continually extending the line you draw within yourself on how far you’ll journey as a human being.,204,203,200_QL70&dpSrc=srch

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Hi, I'm Matthew! I currently live in Santiago, Chile. I've hitchhiked and climbed peaks in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, India and Nepal, studied cultural anthropology in Cape Town, practiced as a Hindu monk, taught English to students from around the world, volunteered for education and sports NGOs and worked as a cross-cultural field instructor. Adventures at the World's Edge combines my passions for adventure, travel, humanitarianism, anthropology and writing. My projects focus on fundraising initiatives through community collaboration and adventure challenges. Writings on my shoestring travels and anthropological interests are also included as fuel for motivation for aspiring journeyers and curious wanderers on this globe. It is my sincere hope that I might be able to inspire others to follow the beat of their own hearts and have the courage to make a difference in the world. Adventure...Awareness...Aliveness

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