With Jon from a high camp at Campo Cancha 4100m. Fantastic and perfect day. No wind and superb visibilty. I'd say much better to climb from here than Salto - which involves a horrible glacier crossing followed by climb up a steep loose slope. Will be writing a TR in due course with more on our route. The ridge was fantastic and then enjoyable if breathless climbing up the prominent snow couloir starting at around 4900m. Made a new friend Pablo on upper part of climb. Summit not easy to find with several plausible bumps arising from a little summit plateau - but then we found summit cross which had blown over! Views fantastic! Had to be a bit careful coming down the couloir but otherwise descent straight forward to Cancha - but we met Pablo again next day back at Refugio San Bernado and he confirmed our impression about the descent to Salto.
Took forever due to snow and wind.
... for a while. Some good turns to be had on the standard route (only after a very wet winter).
We enjoyed this route as an interesting diversion from the standard hiking routes in the valley. I would only recommend the route to fit people who can climb fast enough to stay out of the rock fall. I attached a route description and photos for those who are interested.
Very little snow in the Cordon del Plata this season. The couloir had 1m - 1m50 penitentes all the way up. Made the climb up safer, but more strenuous. Very nice summit, with an "alpine" atmosphere quite different from the neighboring trekking peaks. Well worth it.
From El Salto BC. Summit in 3h30. Easy but tricky on rotten rocks.