Cerro Aconcagua and Cerro Colorado

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Trip Report
Location:
Argentina, South America
Date Climbed/Hiked:
Feb 13, 2009
Activities:
Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling
Season:
Summer
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Cerro Aconcagua and Cerro Colorado
Created On: Feb 23, 2009
Last Edited On: Apr 11, 2009

Stats

Peak Name
Elevation
Cerro Aconcagua
22,841'
Cerro Colorado
15,939'

Itinerary

Date
Day
Location
Sleeping Elevation
Elevation Gain
Distance
1/30/2009
1
Travel to Argentina
-
-
-
1/31/2009
2
Los Puquios
8,777'
-
-
2/01/2009
3
Pampa de Leñas
9,200'
1,310'
8.7 miles
2/02/2009
4
Casa de Piedra
10,500'
1,300'
9.3 miles
2/03/2009
5
Plaza Argentina
13,800'
3,300'
7.5 miles
2/04/2009
6
Carry to Camp I
13,800'
2,900'
3.2 miles
2/05/2009
7
Cerro Colorado
13,800'
2,139'
4 miles
2/06/2009
8
Camp I
16,700'
2,900'
1.6 miles
2/07/2009
9
Rest
16,700'
-
-
2/08/2009
10
Carry to Camp II
16,700'
2,500'
3.8 miles
2/09/2009
11
Rest
16,700'
-
-
2/10/2009
12
Camp II
19,200'
2,500'
1.9 miles
2/11/2009
13
Walk to 20,000'
19,200'
800'
2 miles
2/12/2009
14
Rest
19,200'
-
-
2/13/2009
15
Cerro Aconcagua
19,200'
3,641'
4.6 miles
2/14/2009
16
Plaza Argentina
13,800'
-5,400'
3.5 miles
2/15/2009
17
Punta de Vacas
7,900'
-5,900'
25.5 miles



Total Distance: 75.6 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 23,290’

Days 1-2

I traveled from Grand Junction, CO to Mendoza via four flights. The highlight of the trip to Mendoza was visiting a friend during a layover in Miami. I was picked up and given a ride to get my permit, then drove up to Los Puquios where they offer free camping. I met Willy, a German mountain guide who was also attempting Aconcagua solo. We we were planning on starting the trek up to basecamp the following morning.



Los Penitentes Ski Area

Day 3

Willy and I hiked up left our gear to be carried up by the mules and were driven to Punta de Vacas to begin the hike up to Pampa de Leñas. The hike was rather easy and the weather was great. I was surprised to see no one else at the first camp along the approach to basecamp. Soon after, people started trickling in.


Vacas Valley


Lizard in the Vacas Valley


Mules in the Vacas Valley


Vacas Valley


Vacas Valley


Mule with my pack at Pampa de Leñas. Mules were blindfolded to prevent them from wandering off.d


Mule with my rolling duffle at Pampa de Leñas


Vacas Valley

Day 4

We started out the next morning in good weather, but near the end of the hike to the second camp along the approach to basecamp, the winds picked up and a large amount of dust was being blown down the valley.


Me on the bridge over the Vacas River


Waterfall above the Vacas Valey


Looking down the Vacas Valley


Willy hiking up the Vacas Valley


Willy taking a break in the Vacas Valley


Looking down the Vacas Valley


High winds and a lot of dust just below Casa de Piedra


More dust


Looking down the valley at the dust


The Vacas Valley


Looking down the Vacas Valley


Casa de Piedra


Cerro Aconcagua


Casa de Piedra


Looking up the Vacas Valley from Casa de Piedra


Looking northeast from Casa de Piedra

Day 5

The next morning we started out early and crossed the Vacas River barefoot since I forgot to bring sandals. My feet were in terrible pain from the cold by the time I got across. The hike up the Relinchos Valley was very pretty and soon we were at basecamp.


Willy hiking up the Relinchos Valley


Looking up the Relinchos Valley


Willy hiking up the Relinchos Valley


Cerro Ameghino


Cerro Aconcagua and Cerro Ameghino


Mules heading up the Relinchos Valley


Cerro Aconcagua and Cerro Ameghino above the
Relichos River


The Relinchos Valley


Cerro Aconcagua and Cerro Ameghino


Cerro Ibañez


Cerro Rico


Cerro Colorado


Helicopter above basecamp and Cerro Ameghino in the distance. The helicopter was picking up a climber strucken with altitude illness.

Day 6

I carried up to Camp I. It was interesting to see the Relinchos Glacier that was covered almost completely in dirt and rock.


Penintentes en route to Camp I


More Penitentes


The dirt and rock covered Relinchos Glacier


The dirt and rock covered Relinchos Glacier


Plaza Argentina

Day 7

After speaking with some guides from Aymara earlier, I decided to climb Cerro Aconcagua. I saw some people heading up in the distance and tried to catch them. I managed to reach the summit just minutes after they arrived. The climb was primarily up a faint trail, then a class 3+ summit block. The views were great.


Cerro Aconcagua


Cerro Aconcagua


Plaza Argentina from Cerro Colorado


Climbing the summit block of Cerro Colorado


Cerro Rico from Cerro Colorado


Plaza Argentina and Cerro Ameghino


El Castillo

Day 8

I moved up to Camp I. I spent a long time making my tent windproof. I was able to filter water here despite all the stories I heard about silt clogging filters.


My tent at Camp I before extensive fortification


The water source at Camp I


Camp I

Day 9

Rest


Camp I

Day 10

I carried up to Camp I. This was the first time I really felt the altitude; I was breathing heavily and had a headache.


Camp I


Looking northeast en route to Camp II


Looking northeast en route to Camp II (zoom)

Day 11

Rest


Cerro Ameghino

Day 12

I moved up to Camp II. Sertting up my tent was a great effort.


Cerro Aconcagua from Camp II

Day 13

I walked up to about 20,000' to help acclimatize. The views were fantastic.


Camp II from the Polish Traverse

Day 14

Rest


Looking northeast from the Polish Traverse

Day 15

I began hiking towards the summit and made it to Independencia Hut very quickly, but then began moving very slowly. I did not know if I was going to make the summit until I was about 30 feet from it. The views of the south summit were the highlight.


Independencia Hut, the highest refuge in the world


Looking northeast from Windy Crest


The southern summit from Guanaco Ridge


The southern summit from the northern summit

Day 16

I hiked down to Plaza Argentina. Carrying all of my gear from Camp I to basecamp was the worst part.

Day 17

I hiked all the way out to Punta de Vacas, the stayed at the Hosteria Puenta del Inca. It was nice to shower and sleep on a mattress.


Hosteria Puenta del Inca


Puenta del Inca


Puente del Inca


Cementary from mountaineers


Los Puquios


Puenta del Inca


Puente del Inca


Plaza in Mendoza


Plaza in Mendoza


Hotel Petit


Cerro de la Gloria Monument


View west from Cerro de la Gloria


View north from Cerro de la Gloria


View east from Cerro de la Gloria


Parrot at the zoo


Strange animal at the zoo


Cerro de la Gloria from the Road


Plaza Independencia

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Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Feb 24, 2009 10:55 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Backpack

Thanks.
My pack is still in great shape.

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