Chachani Climber's Log
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|Mike D'||Great Success |
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2015
|Pete and I paid a pretty sol to one of the local mountain guide companies to simply drive us up to the trailhead one day and retrieve us the next. The ride entailed maybe two hours on a steep, dusty, rough road, it ended on a sort of saddle where the route begins. We hiked the couple hours into basecamp late afternoon, my small UL tent allowed us to pitch on one of the few flat finely grained scree spots on the bouldery ridge just above the established camp, which cut a couple hundred feet off the next morning's ascent.|
We started a little after 4am, well below freezing, scrambling up the boulder field was slightly tricky in the dark, sunrise brought us to a broad steep face with various switchback routes. Altitude hit us like a wall, we both really felt like throwing in the towel over much of the climb, but we kept on, the rising sun's warmth a motivating factor. Eventually we hit consistent snow & ice, established tracks coupled with quick thawing made cramp-ons unnecessary. Final ascent was cake, summit around maybe 9am, amazing views including a distant smoking volcano to the NNE. Hung out at the summit for awhile because the day was clear and weather was perfect as always in Arequipa.
Thinking it would be quicker and a nice alternative, we descended the due east scree face, which was a hazardous mistake. The face was a mellow enough pitch below 40-degrees but too many large rocks amid the fine scree made for a glissading nightmare, we really had to take care not to send a boulder down the mountain. Some ice-bands protruding into the slope were only a tease, their fading stability barely helped. A very unamusing slog & traverse got us back to safety in the stable ridge of boulders, back to camp to pack up then booked it down then back up to the road at the pass by 3pm, so pleased that our ride was awaiting.
Excellent scrambly but non-technical overnight summit, accompanied by the gruels of high altitude. Somehow we were the only humans out there from start to finish, summit & trek in/out totally to ourselves.
|Posted Mar 31, 2016 3:54 am|
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2011
|Made it to top with Jose from Quechua Explorer and Qwen from Singapore, Fabian from Germany and Sandra from Spain.|
It was a hard slog, very cold due to the high winds. I got hit by altitude but pushed on and made it.
|Posted Sep 27, 2011 10:05 am|
|Silvia Mazzani||La Azufrera Route |
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2007
|An easy route, fine weather but very cold... A lunar landscape!|
|Posted Jul 9, 2011 4:57 pm|
Date Climbed: May 18, 2011
|It was an organized tour. The first day we had a long drive to the trailhead and a short walk to the campsite at 5200m.|
The plan was to have breakfast at 0:30 and start walking at 1. For various reasons (a.o. the fact that two of our group of six reported sick - my stomach wasn`t quite with the program either, but after taking a loperamide I decided to give it a go anyway), we started at 1:40, but made good time going up. We used crampons higher up. With real good boots, I think it may have been possible without crampons, but with was much safer anyway.
It felt very cold, partly because it was windy at times, especially on the summit. I had to put on all my layers to feel reasonably comfortable, and wished I had better mittens ...
Oh, and I loved that scree and sand on the way down!
|Posted May 18, 2011 8:27 pm|
|Garon Coriz||A Forced Quickie |
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010
|My original friend and guide couldn´t make it so I got on board with his buddy Alfredo. We went with a German girl, Magdalena, and her Australian boyfriend, Joseph. Unfortunately, Joseph had altitude sickness at had to turn around soon after leaving camp. With a little aid from me, Magdalena summited with me and Alfredo. Amazing views of the volcanic chain and the arid landscape below.|
|Posted Sep 7, 2010 11:07 am|
|gintherj||First 6000 M |
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2010
|Altitude made progress very slow. Began at 230am from 5300M base camp. Snow began to soften early in the morning. Otherwise great climb and fairly good views from summit. Definitely recommend if you have a couple extra days in Arequipa!|
|Posted Jun 23, 2010 3:07 pm|
|jeffrawn||Glad I did it; but it was a challenge! |
Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2010
|I've been to Arequipa 3 times doing mission work; heard Chachani calling my name each time! Several summit firsts: Volcano; in Peru; over 6000M; altitude sickness (glad to skip that from now on!). Azufrera Route, but slowly due to 3 of our 5 dealing w/ AMS - 7 hrs. from BC. Very little visibility at summit. Glad we had crampons and ice axes, as snowfields on Fatima were knee deep and occasionally steep and slick. Descent was very fast. I needed more than 3 days from sea level!|
|Posted May 22, 2010 2:56 pm|
|iechegar||Route Climbed: Normal : June 2009|
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2009
|As previous poster said, altitude sickness is an issue. 2 out of 5 abandoned before first col due to altitude sickness. You are supposed to acclimatize in one night for 3,300 meters altitude differential.|
Reached 5800 and had to return due to waist-deep snow on the slopes of Fatima. Those amounts of snow are not common but freak snow storms happened all week long before we climbed.
Will return to get that monkey off my back!
|Posted Jan 5, 2010 5:48 pm|
|bledl||weekend climb from ARQ|
|Climbed Chachani two times when working in Arequipa. Bring enough water, a warm sleeping bag and trekking poles. No ice equipment required.|
|Posted Sep 1, 2009 6:28 pm|
Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2007
|This was to be my first 6000er, but poor acclimatization and making the mistake of only taking hiking shoes forced me to give up a few hundred meters below the summit (just above the 6000m line), as I was fearing frostbite on my feet.|
Even if technically very easy, climbing a mountain that high is not to be underestimated. Lesson learned.
|Posted Jul 7, 2009 1:14 pm|
|deungsan||up high! |
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2005
|It sure was weird sleeping at 16,600 feet.|
Gingko Biloba helped, I'm thinking.
With Zarate Guide Service.
|Posted Mar 28, 2009 6:48 pm|
|TrevorMarrs||Race up |
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2008
|Raced to the top with Jonny Gaunt (ENG) basecamp to top in 2hrs 45mins shagged coming back down though! Dusty climb but the views are fantastic!!|
|Posted Nov 3, 2008 4:36 pm|
|Climbed as intern with Cotahouasi Adventures|
|Posted Dec 30, 2007 11:11 pm|
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1998
|It took a lot of energy going up. With the loose material each step included some sliding backwards. Coming down however was quick and a lot of fun - back on the heels and slide with each step.|
|Posted Dec 29, 2007 11:01 pm|
|Vic Hanson||Arequipa Triple Crown |
Date Climbed: Dec 4, 2007
|This completes my Arequipa Triple Crown of Pichupichu, Misti and Chachani, which we did in 5 days. We camped low, below the base camp, at 15,990' (4874 m) on Monday night. On Tuesday we hiked La Azufrera route from there to the summit and back in 9 hours and 15 minutes, and then drove back to Arequipa that evening. Almost no snow, just a small patch before the final summit climb.|
|Posted Dec 22, 2007 12:35 pm|
|makumba||Route Climbed : La Azufrera (normal) |
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2007
|My first 6K, easy route (a hiking route with penitentes), great view of others 6ks in Volcanic Range: Ampato, Hualca Hualca and Coropuna|
|Posted Oct 8, 2007 5:15 pm|
|Niederbayer||June 2005 - normal route|
|basically just a walk up - was pretty cold.|
Great view from the top - as long as you are reasonable fit and acclimatized you will make it
|Posted Feb 23, 2007 7:43 pm|
|Fabrice.Rimlinger||Normal Route |
Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2006
|Easy 6000er. BC to summit in 3h as the Ubinas volcano was erupting. Beautiful view over Coropuna and Ampato.|
|Posted Nov 11, 2006 3:24 pm|
|althegreek||chachani, normal route |
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2006
|summited solo via normal route. lots of hard ice and penitentes on traverse. long slog on scree to summit, but nice view on top.|
|Posted Jun 20, 2006 10:52 pm|
|Hibs||Route: Normal |
Date Climbed: Jan 24, 2006
|Yeah defintly the hardest thing i've ever done. No altitude sickness, a few headaches during the night tho. The journey up was clear weather all the way untill the final summit. Then the weather closed in, wind blowing a gail, and snowing hard. Got to the summit, couldn't see a thing, sat down for 5 mins and then turned round and went home.|
|Posted Mar 12, 2006 6:16 pm|