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blueshadeEl Misti  Sucess!
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

dstevenson0204Solo climb #3  Sucess!
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

Juanneman2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 9, 2006


arequipa to camp I (2300m - 4500m) day 1
camp I to summit to arequipa (4500m - 5820m - 2300m) day 2.

exhausting trip!
Posted Jun 5, 2012 3:56 pm

rggA lot of snow and ice  Sucess!
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 AndeanRoute Climbed: Chiguata or Grau Route.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2010

Boriss Andean

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

bledlhigh 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

derbillyHighest to date  Sucess!
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

eruselow0 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.aloneNice place  Sucess!
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

nbasfordBueaty beyond imagination  Sucess!


Climbed with Cotahousi Adventures as Intern (Great company)
Posted Dec 30, 2007 11:42 pm

Vic HansonOn top of the world - second summit Grau Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 2, 2007

Vic Hanson

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

HumbertoFirst Big Climb  Sucess!
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

makumbaRoute Climbed: Normal - Chiguata  Sucess!
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

bigwillyMy 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 hangaardRoute climbed: Aguada Blanca (northern approach)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2006

andre hangaard

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

atavistMy first climb above 19,000'  Sucess!


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

ArioRoute Climbed: Grau Route (Southern Approach) Date Climbed: February 10, 2006  Sucess!
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

HenneBRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: 03-01-2005  Sucess!


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 NRoute Climbed: Aguada Blanca Date Climbed: August 17, 2005  Sucess!

Mike N

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

Nyle WaltonRoute Climbed: Date Climbed: April, 1958

Nyle Walton

The memories of this climb are a bit vague after some 47 years. I recall that Karl Nelson befriended a diminutive journalist with the last name of Zarate who arranged a ride uphill from Arequipa on the Puno road to an elevation of around ten thousand feet. We then hiked upwards through some small villages and onto the high puna on the flanks of El Misti. I walked on ahead crossing a broad stretch of sand (arenal) and then rested atop a bluff to wait for my two companions to come into sight on the arenal. As I waited and waited, I fell asleep. Meanwhile Karl and Senor Zarate must have hiked past me on another side of a ridge. They carryied most of the food and all of the water. Toward evening when my companions failed to appear, I set fire to some bunch grass, hoping to attract their attention. No response. I then bedded down for the night in my sleeping bag and awoke the next morning to bright sunlight and a vision of barren El Misti still looming tauntingly above me. Without food and water I was in no mood to climb any higher on the desolate cone. Reluctantly I retraced my steps back down to the road and caught a truck to Arequipa. The next day Karl appeared at our hotel and triumphantly announced that he and Zarate had reached the rim of El Misti's crater. I felt angry that they had left me alone on the puna without attempting to find me.

I got my revenge three weeks later in the Cordillera Real of Bolivia when I reached the higher and more spectacular six-thousand-meter summit of Huayna Potosi. Karl succumbed to altitude sickness and remained behind inside his sleeping bag as two members of the Club Andino de Bolivia and I succeeded to the summit.
Posted Apr 22, 2005 12:00 pm

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