El Misti Climber's Log
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|Pacdreaming||El Misti, few details |
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2014
| Fairly straightforward climb from 2900m up the Grau route. Perfect weather, great views of Arequipa, higher mountains around, and far as Pacific Ocean!|
I would like to add the possibility of camping at various spots. If you do it yourself, you may want to camp pretty soon after starting the hike, and maybe away from the "crowded" Pyramide Camp. Here are some camping spots we found along the Grau route:
* Around 700 meters before the entrance sign (16.34564S / 71.41943W):
16.35253S / 71.42450W ; approx. 3370m: First great spot we found.
16.35063S / 71.42331W ; approx. 3400m: Camped there. Great spot!
* 1km after the entrance sign, three spots:
16.33795S / 71.41576W ; approx. 3680m, pretty small, immediately near the trail
16.33675S / 71.41578W ; approx. 3700m, very small
16.33603S / 71.41702W ; idem.
Then, there is obviously Campo Pyramide (16.31697S / 71.41586W ; approx. 4580m).
* There is a sheltered spot, 40 minutes higher at 16.31392S / 71.41528W ; 4700m.
* At 4900m, at 16.31114S / 71.41386W, a small one and soon after that another one at 16.31041S / 71.41357W.
* At 5040m, we camped at a very nice spot (for a 2-person tent not more), there: 16.30951S / 71.41254W. It is seemingly regularly used.
We found a last one slightly higher (forgot to record it on GPS).
|Posted Aug 30, 2014 3:00 pm|
|blueshade||El Misti |
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2014
|Climbed with a guide, but mostly only for the easy transportation to the TH (otherwise have to hike it). Day 1 4hrs to base camp. Day 2 up at 1AM, arrived at 5:45 (though if not for the cold and the slower group, could have done it in 4hrs). Did I mention the cold? Felt strong after having hiked Ausangate (high point 5200m) and other hikes. But overall, pretty boring hike. Just did it for the height and further acclimatization.|
|Posted Jun 21, 2014 7:45 pm|
|dstevenson0204||Solo climb #3 |
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2012
|Hmm. I don't think I followed a route. Stared in Chiguata (2900 meters) to the top. I actually got a bit lost the first day trying to find a trail. Eventually, I just started upwards and made my way to the crater and around to the cross. Tough Hike. Great views!!|
|Posted Nov 2, 2012 4:10 pm|
Date Climbed: Mar 9, 2006
|arequipa to camp I (2300m - 4500m) day 1|
camp I to summit to arequipa (4500m - 5820m - 2300m) day 2.
|Posted Jun 5, 2012 3:56 pm|
|rgg||A lot of snow and ice |
Date Climbed: May 15, 2011
|From what I had read before, normally, you don´t need crampons, but there was a lot of snow and ice up there. We really needed them as of 5400m or so. Now, those who know me, know that I love snow and ice, so while I already was enjoying the climb, I got a big boost when we got closer to the summit. It was like being high in the Alps, I was having visions of Mont Blanc and snow covered Dolomites at the same time!|
For the record, I booked through Carlos Zarate Adventures and certainly do recommend them. In fact, I´m off to his office now to discuss other climbing possibilities!
|Posted May 16, 2011 4:27 pm|
|Boriss Andean||Route Climbed: Chiguata or Grau Route. |
Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2010
|Started the climb at 9:30 am from the trailhead (3,400 m) . Got to Base Camp (Campo Pirámides Alto) located at 4,610 m after 4 hours. Perfect weather. |
The climb started at 2 am.. very long switchbacks throught the steep and rocky scree ridge. Got to the crater rim overlook after 6 hours and to the summit (5,822 m / 19,101 ft) after 7 hours.
Nice views of Chachani, Pichu Pichu and even of Cordillera Real de Bolivia in the distance.
Got back to BC by the scree/ash field located below the crater rim. I still have volcanic ash in my boots.
|Posted Mar 23, 2010 4:47 pm|
|bledl||high altitude hike|
|This is more of a hike than a climb. Lots of rubbish & shit at high camp, where I bivouaced & a lot of suffering tourists. Not my favourite climb in the area.|
|Posted Sep 1, 2009 6:31 pm|
|derbilly||Highest to date |
Date Climbed: Oct 24, 2008
|Climbed with a guide and two french couples. All reached the summit but one. It was my first experience at this altitude.|
|Posted Jul 28, 2009 11:33 pm|
|eruselow||0 to 18,500 feet|
Date Climbed: May 26, 2008
|Decided to climb Misti on a whim after less than 48 hours in the country and no more than 20 hours at altitude (we were acclimated). Still managed to make it to about 18,500 before having to turn back due to exhaustion.|
|Posted Jul 16, 2008 9:48 am|
|Kenneth.alone||Nice place |
Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2006
|I had a great time by myself hiking and camping out in the area. nice place and surprisingly little air!|
|Posted Jan 5, 2008 1:35 am|
|nbasford||Bueaty beyond imagination|
|Climbed with Cotahousi Adventures as Intern (Great company)|
|Posted Dec 30, 2007 11:42 pm|
|Vic Hanson||On top of the world - second summit Grau Route |
Date Climbed: Dec 2, 2007
|We arrived at the trailhead at 3:15 pm, which now has a marker sign. Reached the higher of the 2 base camps (15,420') at 6:30. Left camp at 6:45 am, reached summit in 3 hr. 20 min., back at trailhead at 1:50 pm after visiting the crater on the way down.|
(First summit - Aug. 7, 2005) I know it was about 10,000' short of that but it was the highest I had ever been. Had climbed Whitney twice which was my highest previous climb so this was a big jump in elevation. Beautiful day, clear and sunny, only a little snow near the peak. Took 4 hrs. and 10 min. to reach the summit from our camp at about 15,000'.
|Posted Mar 21, 2007 5:38 am|
|Humberto||First Big Climb |
Date Climbed: Apr 14, 1988
|I'm not sure of the exact dates anymore. Infact, I can't even remember what motivated me or my little bro to even want to climb El Misti. Neither of us had hiked or climbed anything substantial in our lives. I was in my late teens and he must have been 12ish. |
Luckily we managed to hook up with Carlos Zarate and he led us up in 2 days. My bro stayed at camp suffering a bit from altitude sickness while I made it to the summit. Looking back I have to shake my head. I was geared up in a pair of hi-top tennis sneakers, a very fashionable Banana Republic jacket, parachute pants and a scarf the I borrowed from my aunt. The rest is real blurry but it made enough of an impression that I'm still climbing and exploring mountains today!
|Posted Feb 5, 2007 7:08 pm|
|makumba||Route Climbed: Normal - Chiguata |
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2006
|Tuve mucha suerte y encontre nieve en la cumbre, el desgaste es mayor pero es mas divertido ... great hike !!|
|Posted Oct 23, 2006 8:18 pm|
|bigwilly||My first climb above 14,000 ft. Grau Route|
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2006
|Would have summitted if it hadn´t been for a bad case of altitude sickness near the top. This was the highest I´ve ever been by five thousand feet and by the top I had to rest every ten steps or it felt like I was going to pass out. I did make it to the crater overlook and was pretty upset about not making it to the top which seemed so close. Descending the sand was almost worth the descent alone. I´ll have to ge back to seal the deal and get the final 100 meters.|
|Posted Jul 3, 2006 9:58 pm|
|andre hangaard||Route climbed: Aguada Blanca (northern approach) |
Date Climbed: May 27, 2006
|Spent a cold and windy night at the camp up at 4.700m.|
Left camp at 03.00 and summited at around 08.15. Beautiful day.
Everything perfectly clear.
Although extremely windy. No snow. Guide: Zarate Adventures (Carlos)
|Posted Jun 5, 2006 10:22 pm|
|atavist||My first climb above 19,000'|
|This was the warm up for bigger climbs on Huascaran and Chimborazo. I climbed this solo without any route information. I simply took a taxi from the nearest village to the end of the road and cc'ed it straight to the summit.|
|Posted Mar 2, 2006 4:24 am|
|Ario||Route Climbed: Grau Route (Southern Approach) Date Climbed: February 10, 2006 |
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2006
|Started at 3300m. Camped at 4610m. Cloudy, rainy (snowy above 5200m). Didn't see the volcano at all. Temp. about -5 C, wind up to 30 km/h near the crater. Started at 02:30 summited only at 09:00... Water was an issue: not enough snow to make water. No more ice field or snow field left : no nead for crampons. |
|Posted Feb 14, 2006 12:18 am|
|HenneB||Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: 03-01-2005|
|Climbed this over two days with hardly any snow on the mountain. We got up at 2am and summited at 7am on day 2. No clouds, views were spectacular all the way down to Arequipa, 4 km below us. The descend was fun, because we "heeled" down all the way.|
|Posted Nov 9, 2005 1:07 pm|
|Mike N||Route Climbed: Aguada Blanca Date Climbed: August 17, 2005|
|Took just over 4 hours from Camp. It is a very cold yet easy climb. The sand and scree are annoying after a while. Descent is very fast. This was our first time up over 18,000 feet. This is a good acclimatization hike. Base camp is littered with graffiti, broken bottles, papers, and shit. When are Peruvians and others (euro-tourists) going to learn?|
|Posted Aug 28, 2005 2:43 pm|