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Site last updated on Monday 3rd August 2015

Edward Earl

The photo above is of Edward Earl who lived in Washington state, USA. I never met him but we corresponded for the last few years by email, trying to sort out some of the heights of Andean peaks. Sadly Edward died in an accident whilst crossing a river in Alaska back in June.  He was a great help to me in putting together more accurate peak lists for the Andes. The results of this collaboration were a big help to the 4th edition of my Andes guidebook and some of his work can also be seen in the many Andean Peak Lists pages on this website. Now I'll never get to meet him. my condolences to all those who knew him better than me.


Information about the climbing and trekking guidebooks to the Andes which I have authored. Translated into French, Spanish & Polish, and with a Czech edition in preparation. You can purchase the English & Spanish editions on this website.


I can provide or organise logistical support for many types of mountain expeditions, in many parts of the Andes. In the past ANDES have organised treks, ski holidays, expeditions and guided climbing for private individuals, groups of friends, schools, clubs and military groups

Scheduled Courses & Expeditions

Every year I schedule a small number of unique and interesting expeditions to the Andes and Latin America. Many of these are First Ascents and other exploratory expeditions. I also organise shorter courses and breaks nearer to home in Europe. I lead the vast majority of these myself, as many as 90% most years, with one or two selected trips sub-contracted to other qualified and experienced leaders.

Climbing & Ski Mountaineering Instruction & Guiding

In addition to the scheduled expeditions and courses I organise, which are mainly in the Andes,  I can  lead treks, expeditions and straightforward ski-touring trips in many diverse parts of the world.

Scottish Climbing Instruction (opens in website)

I also regularly instruct winter climbing, rock climbing and ski mountaineering in all parts of Scotland. In the past I have run winter skills weekends, week long winter courses and guided ascents of classic rock climbs for individuals,  Mountain Rescue Teams and clubs.


Why book with Andes and John Biggar?

Guidebooks, Map & Photo Libraries

Andes Guidebooks   Details of the guidebooks we author and publish - 'The Andes - A Guide for Climbers' and 'The Andes - A Trekking Guide' and their French, Spanish and Polish editions. The English edition of "A Guide for Climbers" will be updated in 2015.  French and Spanish editions of this book were published in 2007, a Polish edition in 2012.

Guidebook, Photo and Map Library    Information about the extensive guidebook, photo and map library I maintain at the office in Castle Douglas.

The Andes - A Guide for Climbers - 3rd Edition

Los Andes - Guia para Escaladores

Contact Details

For further details of the services I can offer, more information on the mountains of South America, or to purchase my guidebooks please contact me at

or by phone 01556 503929 from the UK,  + 44 1556 503929  from elsewhere in the world.

You are also welcome to write or visit at

Andes, 37a St. Andrew Street, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 1EN, SCOTLAND

The office is located in the middle of the town of Castle Douglas, which lies in Galloway in southern Scotland about half-way between the towns of Kirkcudbright and Dumfries.

If you experience any problems with this website (even if it's just a missing picture or missing link) or with the e-mail address please let me know using the above numbers or the alternate email address.

This website, including all photos (unless otherwise credited), maps, lists, diagrams and text  1997-2014 John Biggar t/a Andes.  Unauthorised reproduction prohibited. If you wish to use any material from this site please contact me for permission first; permission will usually be granted for non-commercial use providing you give full credit and link directly back to this website.


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