Climbed with Jon from high camp on Portueza Lomas Amorilas at 4900m - and following traverse of Pico Plata 5800m. The final ridge to top from col between pico and cerro was a magnificant snow ridge - involving about 150m ascent. Crampons required and best to have an ice-axe - although in the good conditions we had poles were fine. Made a new friend Alex on top - who had come up normal route - which we descended after basking in fantastic view for about an hour. Great views of Tupungato, Aconcagua and Mercedario groups. We picked up tent etc back at our 4900m camp and went on down to Salto at 4200m with threat of deterioration in weather.
Perhaps finest mountain ascent I have ever made - a truely wonderful experience. Having already climbed Rincon and several other lower summits we had no problems with altitude. A TR and movie will be forthcoming in next few weeks.
Our climb of Cerro Plata started at 06:00 in the morning in the campo La Hollada (4600m). Lot of snow in the walley but 2 groups of argentian soldiers (each of 20 people) started the ascend at 02:00. Clear sky, not so strong wind. Me and my friend took over the soldiers in the saddle (cca 5100m). They were twrribly slow and too tired even to cooperate in leading the way to summit in new snow (40cm), refusing to go first...It was wonderful day, beautiful mountain, unfortunately without clear or easy path and no chance for us to climb it and descend on time to the walley back to our friends. At 12:00 we decided to return back at the level at cca 5500m (as we planned to descend this day to Vallecitos). No disapointment, the Plato Rincon area is amazing, not overcrowded and also perfect for aclimatization. Moving to Aconcagua now..
A cold but relatively unwindy summit day. We managed to get a bent tent pole from the crazy strong winds that lasted 30 mins one evening at Las Veguitas. The waterfall at El Salto was frozen almost entirely except for a few trickles between midday and 1400 on the 3 days that we spent there.
Summited with beautiful weather and great views of the surrounding peaks. On to Aconcagua next...
Sabrina, Tatiana, Eduardo and I summited Cerro PLATA (dec 23rd 2007).
GPS = 5965m
Many thanks to Tatiana and Eduardo, firstname.lastname@example.org
The normal route offers lots of walking and no climbing, but excellent views. The crashed helicopter is an interesting diversion. The east face looks like it might offer an interesting route of comparable difficulty and length with Mercedario.
Wonderful view, technically easy, but high enough to be very tough
It was a long hike up, and a very strong wind greeted us at the Portazuelo (around 80Km/h maybe). Very chilly, and cloudy. The view from the top was not very rewarding because of this, but the satisfaction of having reached the summit was certainly worth the effort.
3rd peak in 3 days after Vallecitos and Rincon. 5h20 from BC (el Salto). Excellent conditions, but cold.
linda montanha levei 10 hs ate o cume muito frio ceu azul. ficara no meu coracao!!!!!!!
the best place to acclimatize for aconcagua