Climbed San Francisco with my friend Jacek from the Refugio no.6 in about 9h. Long approach if you don't have a car. Great weather and not too much wind.
Climbed once again as an "appetizer" for acclimatization. This time I slept at the "high camp" at 5200m (no water) and went to the summit alone the next day in 3h. Lot of wind.
Re-climbed the mountain as a consolation prize for all my failed attempts in the region during 3 weeks (failed Nacimiento, Cazadero and Tres Cruces). Gobbled down the mountain in 3h40 starting from 4900m. I was acclimatized and came with a you'll-pay-for-all attitude :)
I disagree with people finding it uninteresting: nice views from the flank and the summit, nice col that makes you feel alone, well-trodden path that makes you feel safe. An excellent acclimatization peak!
It must also be noted that the true summit does not seem to be where the box is. A little walk on the summit plateau opposite of the box quickly takes you 2 meters (according to the GPS) higher than the box altitude.
Summited during our 4PEAKS eXpedition. A bit of a scramble up through loose and bigger black rocks and a short search for the summit logbook. Nice views and long day. We returned to the tent with our headlights in darkness.
Climbed as acclimatization for Ojos, excellent acclimatization peak, probably better than the often referred Mulas Muertas. Path visible from the San Francisco pass.
Easily accessible doesn't mean easily climbable without acclimatization! Climbed it the 5th day at altitude, I felt pretty weary and tired and almost gave up. Views of the summit (especially Incahuasi) are very rewarding! Had lunch on the summit and signed the log book.
I guess i went too fast... 4 nights at Las Grutas, 1 night at Paso San Francisco... I climbed, rather weakly, to the top in about 6 hours... but, upon return to the Refugio at the pass, I felt horrible, even ended up puking. It's an easy hike, but sometimes the elevation gets to you if you're not patient. Incidentally, two days later I felt great on Dos Conos. I guess it's all just a matter of time and patience... that appears to be the trick in the Puna. Nice hike but, admittedly, despite its relative ease of access, for me one of the less inspiring climbs in the region.
Back at sea level (Bahia Inglesia) 24 hours after making the summit. Fun climb. It is best to start early to avoid the merciless winds that develop in the afternoon. If you didn't find the Registry in a Banco de Chile strongbox on one of the three high points on the summit plateau, then you may have missed what must be the actual summit. It's really hard to tell which of the three is highest, so I hit them all.
My first 6000-meter peak!
Reached the summit with fellow Alpine Club of Canada (Montreal section) member Nicolai, under snow with winds < 25 km/h. We started from Paso San Francisco (shelter) @6:15 and reached the summit @14:15.
Cool hike to a great view. The easiest 6000m peak in the world? 4-5 hours from Paso San Francisco, no snow, terrific winds. I climbed alone. Start early, winds seemed to abate before and at dawn when I was there.
Tatiana, Eduardo and I summited SAN FRANCISCO on the 17th of february 2007.
Up to 5130m, rough drive with 4wd truck early morning, nice walk around summit plateau.
Many thanks to Tatiana and Eduardo, email@example.com
Griselda MORENO, Anibal MATURANO and I, Bruno BASCHUNG made the ascent of san Francisco on the 22.02.06 via the normal route. We started from alt. 5130m GPS, much higher than the pass. A track can be followed quite high. Rough driving with 4wd, but it saves some time... 5hr to summit.
GPS alt 6040m
I summited together with gnome and the other five members of our expedition.
San Francisco is one of the easiest accessible 6000m peaks in the Andes. If acclimatized, it can be climbed from the paved (in Argentina) road at the Paso San Francisco within one day.
From the summit one has maybe the best view in the area, because all the high volcanoes of the vicinity are visible and the colorfull Incahuasi is extremly close.