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Zorro Colorado

Page Type: Route

Location: San Lorenzo, Argentina, South America

Lat/Lon: 47.54511°S / 72.17483°W

Object Title: Zorro Colorado

Route Type: Mountaineering, Ice Climbing

Season: Summer

Time Required: A long day

Difficulty: D

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Page By: AlbertoRampini

Created/Edited: May 16, 2011 / Apr 8, 2014

Object ID: 716189

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Overview

Zorro Colorado - Cerro Dos Picos S Face

San Lorenzo Group is a wild and charming area located within "Francisco Perito Moreno" National Park, Santa Cruz Province, Northern Patagonia, absolutely fascinating for people wishing to practice an explorative kind of mountaineering. As its name says, Cerro Dos Picos ("Dos Picos" means "Two Peaks") is a bicuspidate secluded mountain belonging to San Lorenzo Group, located East to Cerro Hermoso. The two summits are separated by a saddle named Paso Hermoso; on the South side of the peak lies a conspicuous glacier. Due to its shape, Cerro Dos Picos is indicated like "Twin peak" in the report of the first and second summiters, both South Africans.
Zorro Colorado is a direct route realized in 1987 on Cerro Dos Picos iced South Face by two members of "Patagonia '87 Italian Expedition", a team who climbed some other new routes in Cerro Torre group the same period.




Cerro Dos Picos seen from the Base Camp
Cerro Dos Picos seen from the Base Camp

Zorro Colorado Route Central seracs
Climbing the seracs-wall

Zorro Colorado central slopes
Zorro Colorado central slopes

Getting There

Road access

Cerro Dos Picos lies in the Argentinian side of San Lorenzo Group, wilder and less frequented than the Chilean one. Anyway, the approach from Argentina is easy, due to the good tracks coming from Gobernador Gregores to the last "estancias" inside the park. From Gobernador Gregores, a small town lying in Santa Cruz province, Rio Chico department, head towards NW and leave the main Ruta 40 at a fork named "Las Horquetas", where a road heading North-West starts. Take this road, skirting the magnificent Lago Belgrano and leading to Estancia El Rincon (870 mt).

Estancia El Rincon
Estancia El Rincon
Approaching in Rio Lacteo Valley
Approaching in Rio Lacteo Valley
Mount San Lorenzo main summit
San Lorenzo from upper Rio Lacteo



Walking approach

From Estancia El Rincon the approach is done by means of a two days approach on horseback. From the farm head towards North, entering the Rio Lacteo Valley and reaching Puesto San Lorenzo m. 980, a secluded outpost where you can spend the first night, inside a little wooden cabin. The name "Rio Lacteo", which means "Milky Stream", is probably due to the colour of the water. On the second day of the approach trail, about 8 kilometers long, you can enjoy a superb view over the magnificent San Lorenzo East face. At the head of the valley, the track forks. While the left path leads to a lagoon located between San Lorenzo main summit and Cerro Hermoso, the right one reachs a good campsite lying where the forest ends, just in front of Cerro Hermoso and Cerro Dos Picos South sides.

Route Description

Cerro Dos Picos West summit
Cerro Dos Picos West summit

Zorro Colorado Route
Beta of Zorro Colorado
 


ZORRO COLORADO (The Red Fox)

Difficulty: D, 80° max
Length: 800 mt
First ascent: Alberto Rampini C.A.A.I. and Davide Brighenti A.G.A.I.(Patagonia '87 Italian Expedition) 21.11.1987

Approach from the campsite - From Base Camp South Face is clearly seen and easily approached scrambling up to the start of the glacier, which is followed towards the high wall of seracs.

Climbing report - Up directly the steep seracs' wall with several pitches (some pitches till 80°), gaining the upper easier snow slopes, which are followed towards a rocky saddle along the West Ridge. Climb the rocky ridge (poor rock, max IV grade UIAA), getting to the summit.

Descent: climb down the rocky West ridge (one abseil) reaching the rocky saddle; from here continue down along the ridge, more and more easily reaching a col (Paso Hermoso), situated between Cerro Dos Picos and Cerro Hermoso. Descend towards South along some gently angled snow slopes, leading down to the moraine and the Base Camp.

Beta of Conquest
Detail of Cerro Dos Picos South Face
South Ridge of Cerro Dos Picos, Northern Patagonia
Zorro Colorado seracs wall

Essential Gear

Rope, helmet, two technical ice-axes, crampons, ice-screws

Red Tape

The argentinian side of San Lorenzo Group is located inside "Francisco Perito Moreno" National Park. There are not particular restrictions in climbing and hiking.

Map

Cerro Dos Picos map (San Lorenzo Group)
 

When to climb

The best time to climb is from November to late February

Meteo

METEO PATAGONIA

External Links

TECPETROL CUADERNOS PATAGONICOS

Guidebooks

 
Patagonia Guidebook
 
"Patagonia Terra Magica per Alpinisti e Viaggiatori" Gino Buscaini and Silvia Metzeltin

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