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HerbNormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2008


My first 6.000 m peak! Great experience, although too many people on this mountain for my taste...
Beautiful views to the Altiplano, to Lake Titicaca and even to Sajama from the summit.
Had an incredible guide (Bernardo Guarachi from Andes Expediciones, he was the first Bolivian to climb Mt. Everest in 1998).
Posted Aug 5, 2008 9:21 am

photo61guyAnother Nice Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2008
Nornal route was a walk-up, but I did feel the almost 20,000' elevation. Way too many people on the mountain was rather unenjoyable.
Posted Jul 28, 2008 12:26 pm

Nyle WaltonRe: Another Nice Day

Nyle Walton

When I climbed Huayna Potosi fifty years before you did, our party was practically the only group to climb it in 1958. Air travel has made this mountain much more accessible to many people who otherwise would never climb it.
Posted Apr 6, 2012 4:30 pm

johnmountaineeringGreat climb and company  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2008


We had a great time on Huayna Potosi. The trip was everything We had hoped it would be. Summitting was definitely the high point. Overall I thought the expedition and specially the guides were excellent,in my book you could not find a more qualified company, they`re the best in Bolivia...I personally recommend using www.bolivianjourneys.org for your next expedition...
Posted Jun 27, 2008 10:52 am

oddsverreHuayna Potosi
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2005


Had to turn.
Posted Apr 27, 2008 10:46 am

DrewBAmazing Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2002


Hardly anyone else on the mountain that day and the sunrise from near the top was incredible. One of my favorite peaks just because of its beautiful profile.
Posted Apr 13, 2008 11:06 am

Jerry LRoute Climbed: Normal
Date Climbed: Jan 30, 2008

Jerry L

Made it to 18,000' and decided to turn back in foul weather.
Posted Feb 8, 2008 7:20 am

Kenneth.aloneTwo ways up!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2006
First, the normal route. Secondly, the awe inspiring French route! great days, the both of them and what a pretty mountain she is!
Posted Dec 2, 2007 3:44 am

Jessica LNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2007
Posted Nov 25, 2007 8:23 pm

MtnMagicNormal route  Sucess!


Great easy route up a beautiful peak
Posted Oct 12, 2007 3:23 pm

cristakhenormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2007


Very short route and to much people in nice days, not recomanded.
Posted Oct 11, 2007 6:52 am

Thomas Gurviez normal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2007

Thomas Gurviez

Nice weather up to 11 am, good snow and very few penitents.
Posted Sep 21, 2007 3:24 pm

dr_gonzNormal Route  Sucess!


THe Cordillera Real truly is an enchanting place. What a rush to summit a mountain with such a great view of the range. Wonderful.
Posted Sep 4, 2007 3:46 pm

Grizz42Great Climb
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2007


It started off as a very cold morning but warmed up nicely to be an absolutely beautiful day.
Posted Jul 2, 2007 7:25 pm

Park5.6Normal  Sucess!


Sent at around 12:00, was drinking in La Paz by 6:00. Great warm-up for a siege of Illamani 2 days later.
Posted Apr 16, 2007 3:03 am

AndinoSuccessful ascent with great conditions - Normal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 9, 2007


We had some great conditions to climb it.
A little mist at first but then a clear sky after an hour walking. Not too cold, and perfect snow conditions.
The last slope is a real challenge, save up some stamina for it ;o)

We did the ascent the agency "Alberth Bolivia" located on street Illampu in La Paz. Good guides and quite cheap compared to others. Prior to the ascent we had done the 3-day trekking from Tuni (via Condoriri Base Camp) to Base Camp of Huayna Potosi. Perfect to acclimatize and warm up, with three 5000m passes.
Posted Apr 15, 2007 2:06 pm

NiederbayerNormal route 02 April 2004  Sucess!


Beautiful climb- great view
Posted Feb 23, 2007 7:37 pm

lizrdboyNormal Route  Sucess!


Great climb. The summit ridge is quite the experience. Summited before dawn (no part of the plan). The lighting storms above the Amazon basin and below us were unreal.
Posted Feb 23, 2007 2:50 am

mbollinoSweet climb!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 10, 2004


Great easy climb. Sweet sunset as we ascended the fun headwall section on perfect snow. Early season climb and saw no one else on the mountain. I suspect this is rare for Huayna Potosi.
Posted Feb 16, 2007 4:37 pm

johnnybrown1958great experience
It appears that my climb of Huayna Potosi predates all the others in the summit log by almost half a century. I feel like a pioneer.

After hitchhiking for over four months from Salt Lake City south along the Pan American Highway, Karl Nelson and I reached La Paz. From Desaguadero on the Peruvian-Bolivian border at Lake Titicaca, we got a ride into La Paz in a U.S. Army deuce-and-a-half truck. It belonged to the U.S. Geodetic Survey Mission to Bolivia. With our eyes on Huayna Potosi looming on the eastern horizon, we borrowed a mountain tent from that organization and together with two members of the Club Andino de Bolivia, one Peter Toussaint (now deceased) and Col. (now General retired) Ramon Acero, launched an attempt on the mountain.

The club delivered us to the mountain's base at fifteen thousand feet on May 1 (May Day). Two miners from Milluni served as "sherpas" to carry our loads to the snout of the glacier. From there we totted the loads higher to the first level spot under a spectacular ice cliff at 17,500 and pitched our tents.

The next morning Karl refused to leave his sleeping bag. He had altitude sickness. Peter, Ramon, and I put on our crampons and attacked the ice pitch above the camp. The day was cloudless and we made excellent progress. On the broad plateau below the summit pyramid, Ramon vomitted his breakfast and fell behind. Together Peter and I traversed eastward to a corniced ridge that led ever more steeply past rock outcrops to the final peak. We stood on top of Huayna Potosi at one in the afternoon. Meanwhile Ramon recovered and followed our tracks to join us on the summit a half hour later.

Meanwhile clouds had risen to hide all but the highest summits of the Cordillera Real. After hand-shaking congratulations and poses for photographs, we remained on the sharp corniced peak for half an hour before undertaking a cautious and then a long glissading descent back to camp. The low sun in the wwest illuminated Illimani to the south as we completed the final thousand feet down to our awaiting tents where we aroused Karl from his sleeping bag (see photos and images).

Two days later, the Club Andino had a ski meet on Mount Chacaltaya where we celebrated our success and danced mambos and cha-cha-chas with the chicas inside the lodge 17,000 feet above the sea. Proud Peter showed off his mountaineering prowess to the girls by abselling off the lodge platform to the ski slope below it.

A week later, Karl and I continued our hitchhiking journey southward. We got to Mendoza, Argentina, before I came down with hepititus, probably from virus in food I had eaten in Bolivia. Ispent a week in a hospital and then flew back home to Utah via Santiago and Mexico City. Meanwhile Karl got his draft notice as he was about to embark for Cape Horn in Puerto Montt, Chile, and had to fly back to San Francisco to join Uncle Sam's army.

In just over six months we had traveled through Mexico, Central America and down the Andes from Colombia to Argentina for a total expenditure of about three hundred dollars each, transportation, food and lodging included. The climb of Huayna Potosi was the crowning achievement of the trip and cost us practically nothing. NIneteen fifty eight was my golden year of travel.
Posted Dec 31, 2006 2:15 pm

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