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Ramada / Paso Ancho / March 2011

 
Ramada / Paso Ancho / March 2011

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: San Juan, Argentina, South America

Lat/Lon: 32.08290°N / 70.01800°E

Object Title: Ramada / Paso Ancho / March 2011

Date Climbed/Hiked: Mar 3, 2011

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Fall

 

Page By: Tijs

Created/Edited: Apr 20, 2012 / Apr 20, 2012

Object ID: 786422

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Page Score: 74.01%  - 4 Votes 

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Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (Paso Ancho), 13


Approach and base camp

03/03/2011 09:57:5903/03/2011 09:58:46

The Pampa del Leoncito between Barreal and the Santa Ana trailhead.   03/03/2011 09:57:59
Tasting the desert below some snow-capped peaks of the Ansilta Range.   03/03/2011 09:58:46

04/03/2011 10:32:2704/03/2011 10:32:35

Crossing the Rio Colorado for the seventh and last time.   04/03/2011 10:32:27
The grimace speaks volumes about just how freezing cold the water is.   04/03/2011 10:32:35

05/03/2011 08:15:5105/03/2011 08:17:1205/03/2011 11:46:10

Mercedario rising over our boulder-sheltered tent.   05/03/2011 08:15:51
In the Pirca de Polacos, below the south face of Mercedario.   05/03/2011 08:17:12
At the north side of the Valle del Colorado.   05/03/2011 11:46:10

06/03/2011 10:23:1006/03/2011 12:18:29

Relishing the first sight of Ramada.   06/03/2011 10:23:10
Examining the track leading to Alma Negra.   06/03/2011 12:18:29

06/03/2011 12:17:4106/03/2011 12:17:53

Short break while bringing food and fuel to camp 1.   06/03/2011 12:17:41
Gabriel studies Mercedario and Pico Negro on the way up to camp 1.   06/03/2011 12:17:53

06/03/2011 12:19:0506/03/2011 12:20:33

Preventing dehydration with Ramada looming large in the background.   06/03/2011 12:19:05
Lower end of the Italian Glacier.   06/03/2011 12:20:33

06/03/2011 12:12:0906/03/2011 13:23:57

Short break on the climb to camp 1, with what felt like a close-up view of the Italian Glacier.   06/03/2011 12:12:09
Mercedario dwarfs us on our climb to camp 1. Both photos by Gabriel Fava / Andes Limite.   06/03/2011 13:23:57

Camp 1

07/03/2011 20:01:11

First night in camp 1: snow outside, dinner inside.   07/03/2011 20:01:11

08/03/2011 09:14:2208/03/2011 09:14:0408/03/2011 09:13:4308/03/2011 09:13:15

From camp 1:
Alma Negra, Pico San Juan, La Mesa, and Pico Franco Argentino.   08/03/2011 09:14:22
Pico San Juan, La Mesa, Pico Franco Argentino, and Pico Polaco.   08/03/2011 09:14:04
Pico Polaco, Mercedario, and Pico Negro.   08/03/2011 09:13:43
Mercedario, Pico Negro, and Wanda.   08/03/2011 09:13:15

08/03/2011 09:14:5808/03/2011 09:15:36

Ramada from camp 1. The route follows the north-east shoulder to the left.   08/03/2011 09:14:58 & 09:15:36

08/03/2011 09:17:5008/03/2011 09:16:02

Pass between Ramada and Alma Negra from camp 1.   08/03/2011 09:17:50
Eric in search of sun rays while camp 1 is still frozen in the shade.   08/03/2011 09:16:02

08/03/2011 11:42:15

Enjoying a break halfway up the steep slope leading to camp 2. Photo by Eric Sas (with his camera).   08/03/2011 11:42:15

09/03/2011 11:35:5509/03/2011 11:31:27

Camp 1 at 4600m, below Ramada.   09/03/2011 11:35:55
Rest and acclimatization day in camp 1.   09/03/2011 11:31:27

Camp 2

10/03/2011 12:48:4610/03/2011 12:49:01

A break while climbing to camp 2.   10/03/2011 12:48:46 & 12:49:01

10/03/2011 13:28:1210/03/2011 13:27:52

Looking at Wanda and Friuly with Pico Negro to the left.   10/03/2011 13:28:12
Eric before Pico Negro, Wanda, and Friuly.   10/03/2011 13:27:52

10/03/2011 19:05:5610/03/2011 19:14:12

Delicious pasta with mushrooms and cheese in camp 2.   10/03/2011 19:05:56
Panorama dinner in the Torres Rosadas high camp with Friuly in the background. Photo by Eric Sas (with his camera).   10/03/2011 19:14:12

10/03/2011 19:12:1310/03/2011 19:13:07

Dinner in the Torres Rosadas high camp with Ramada and the track up in the background.   10/03/2011 19:12:13 & 19:13:07

11/03/2011 10:26:0611/03/2011 11:12:08

A wind-sheltered break on summit day.   11/03/2011 10:26:06
At approximately 5500m, with some 45 minutes to go to Ramada's north-east ridge. Photo by Eric Sas (with his camera).   11/03/2011 11:12:08

11/03/2011 12:21:29

On Ramada's north-east ridge at 5700m.   11/03/2011 12:21:29

11/03/2011 12:22:5311/03/2011 12:22:2311/03/2011 12:23:2711/03/2011 12:23:32

From Ramada's north-east ridge at 5700m:
Main Andean divide between Pico Polaco and Mercedario.   11/03/2011 12:22:53
Mercedario and Pico Negro, with to their right the Agua Negra peaks Olivaras and Majadita on the horizon.   11/03/2011 12:22:23
Upper end of the Italian Glacier, La Mesa, Pico Polaco, and Mercedario.   11/03/2011 12:23:27 & 12:23:32

11/03/2011 13:42:5611/03/2011 13:43:19

Looking down on camp 2 or Torres Rosadas with Mercedario, Pico Negro, Wanda, and Friuly in the background.   11/03/2011 13:42:56 & 13:43:19

11/03/2011 13:52:5011/03/2011 13:53:05

Camp 2 or Torres Rosadas with Mercedario, Pico Negro, Wanda, and Friuly in the background.   11/03/2011 13:52:50 & 13:53:05

Back in base camp

12/03/2011 09:15:3412/03/2011 09:28:55

Back in the Pirca de Polacos base camp after a night which had left —note the white patches— some streams of the Rio Colorado frozen over.   12/03/2011 09:15:34
Photographer Eric casts his shadow over the Pirca de Polacos base camp.   12/03/2011 09:28:55

12/03/2011 09:16:5112/03/2011 15:20:19

Breakfast in the Pirca de Polacos base camp.   12/03/2011 09:16:51
Guanaco skeleton.   12/03/2011 15:20:19

12/03/2011 15:17:4612/03/2011 15:15:59

Exploring the Rio Colorado stream bed.   12/03/2011 15:17:46
Thorny bushes and grass tussocks with Mirador and Pico Polaco in the background.   12/03/2011 15:15:59

Paso Ancho

12/03/2011 15:30:0510/03/2011 13:28:18

Tomorrow's challenge: the steep and tricky climb to the balcony of the 6000ers near the Paso Ancho.   12/03/2011 15:30:05
Two days before: that same pass seen from high up on Ramada.   10/03/2011 13:28:18

13/03/2011 08:31:0713/03/2011 08:56:51

The three of us in base camp (taken with a self timer).   13/03/2011 08:31:07
Sunny breakfast below Mercedario. Both photos by Gabriel Fava / Andes Limite.   13/03/2011 08:56:51

13/03/2011 11:14:1113/03/2011 11:15:14

At just about the only flat spot of the climb to the Paso Ancho, with Ramada, Pico San Juan, and La Mesa in the background.   13/03/2011 11:14:11 & 11:15:14

13/03/2011 11:16:5713/03/2011 12:29:3113/03/2011 12:29:4813/03/2011 12:30:04

Pico San Juan, Pico Franco Argentino, La Mesa, and Pico Polaco.   13/03/2011 11:16:57
At two-thirds of the climb to the Paso Ancho and the balcony of the 6000ers:
Pico Polaco and the south face of Mercedario.   13/03/2011 12:29:31
Ramada, Pico San Juan, and La Mesa round the Valle Superior.   13/03/2011 12:29:48
Alma Negra, Pico San Juan, La Mesa, and Pico Polaco.   13/03/2011 12:30:04

13/03/2011 13:06:2513/03/2011 13:43:21

A good half an hour below the Paso Ancho.   13/03/2011 13:06:25
Leading Eric on the last meters up to the balcony. Both photos by Gabriel Fava / Andes Limite.   13/03/2011 13:43:21

13/03/2011 14:36:0613/03/2011 14:35:5613/03/2011 14:35:4913/03/2011 14:35:43

At the balcony of the 6000ers, a little east of the Paso Ancho cairn at the Don Antonio-Mercedario ridge:
Ramada, Alma Negra, and La Mesa round the Valle Superior.   13/03/2011 14:36:06
Alma Negra, La Mesa, and Pico Polaco.   13/03/2011 14:35:56
La Mesa, Pico Polaco, and the south face of Mercedario.   13/03/2011 14:35:49
Mate ritual.   13/03/2011 14:35:43

15/03/2011 10:41:0615/03/2011 10:41:31

Tackling the penultimate crossing of the Rio Colorado. Both photos by Gabriel Fava (with Eric's camera).   15/03/2011 10:41:06 & 10:41:31

And finally: a big THANK YOU to Gabi from both of us. You made an already spectacular climb even better.

Images

Ramada summit and camp 1 at 4600m

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CoraxGood!

Corax

Voted 10/10

Very good photo info!
Posted Feb 26, 2013 6:36 am

TijsRe: Good!

Tijs

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Thanks Corax.

It was a superb expedition, in a place of stunning beauty, though I guess our timing was not ideal. March proved to be a little late; the Rio Colorado actually froze over at night, and the winds above high camp were relentless. But then again, like this, we had the Cordon de la Ramada to ourselves :-)

Just like you, we climbed the Paso Ancho using the guanacos trails. A little scary at times, but doable.

As for the approach, we crossed the Rio Colorado 7 times on the way in, and 5 times on the way out. This drawing, by our excellent guide Gabriel Fava, has all the crossings marked.
I had read of Gabi on SP, here and here, and can only recommend him.

If I could, I would return to the Andes tomorrow! But I just returned from the Rwenzori Mountains, so I'm afraid it will have to wait :-(
Posted Feb 27, 2013 5:07 pm

CoraxRe: Good!

Corax

Voted 10/10

The Paso Ancho route is a very unpredictable option I think. When wet or when the melt off is heavy it's a death trap as there are so much loose rocks just waiting to fall. When dry I guess it's a steep, but easy walk.
Some days before we went there we heard massive amounts of stuff coming down there.
In my opinion the Guanacos trails before the normal/recommended route is the safer alternative. The normal route's gorge is too narrow and can be really dangerous during the wrong conditions.

I also wish I could go back to Los Andes tomorrow!
Stuck with some boring work at the moment, but as soon as I'm done I'm off to Kunlun or Los Andes.
Posted Mar 17, 2013 7:34 am

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