Canaleta (gully) route : North face Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2011
Climbed from the plateau located at the feet of Acotango, Capurata and Guallatiri, after having climbed Acotango the day before. It took me 6 hours to climb the very long canaleta and the last slopes that leads to the summit. Before you can find snow, big and unstable rocks + sand make it a quite tiring and not funny at all climb. Under the rocky summit that stands on a vast snow field, heavy sulfur fumaroles are propelled high in the air and make it difficult to breathe while climbing the summit rocks. The log book was very thin : 3 ascents in 2011, 3 in 2010 and very few the other years. From the summit, wonderful wiews over Surire, Atacama's desert, Lauca and Sajama National parks. 2 hours to go down to my camp. As I initialy came from the bolivian side of Acotango, I did not have entry authorisation from chilean customs nor authorisation from Difrol. Anyway, the border (Tambo Quemado) seemed too far away to be spotted by customs or police.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe