summited solo via normal route. lots of hard ice and penitentes on traverse. long slog on scree to summit, but nice view on top.
Yeah defintly the hardest thing i've ever done. No altitude sickness, a few headaches during the night tho. The journey up was clear weather all the way untill the final summit. Then the weather closed in, wind blowing a gail, and snowing hard. Got to the summit, couldn't see a thing, sat down for 5 mins and then turned round and went home.
Had to turn back in a total white-out at 5900m
Our first 6000m peak! The path is very good, short and easy, but because of the altitude we walked the last 100m up in one hour and during the descent we were totally exhausted - we didn't feel better until 4000m. The views were great, both before and after sunrise.
Super easy peak. My 1st 6000m but not my last!! I went totally solo. Took a taxi for 40 soles to the start of the 4 x 4, then it was a hard 8 km hike up through the heat. I couldn't make it to high camp so I stayed lower at 4900m. Then the next day to high camp and 3rd day to summit, and then a long 25 km hike to the highway, didn't quite make it and finnaly hit the road at 10am on day 4. Guided groups do it in 2 days. When doing it independant you need 7.5L of water at least and this is heavy. No water on the peak.
First climb over 6000 m. Relatively easy walking on rocky trail and ice. Careful with the return trip. The long gentle uphill to the col is not so gentle. Took us about 4:20 from base camp to summit.
First 6000m peak. Left base camp at 4am, summited with Mike N. around 8:15am, back to car by 11:30, then the long dreaded drive to Arequipa. Arrived in time for a big spaghetti lunch. All in all, great climb and great training.
Climbed with a bolivian guide and Seth (from UK). Made the climb from base camp (5300m.) in 6 hours. Beautifull views of the lights of Arequipa during the climb. Very strong winds on the last 400m... on the summit I had to be very carefull not to be blown !
The base camp is quite comfortable and spacious and the climb is easy if you are well acclimatized.
When I arrived at BC, I met some swiss guys who made the climb (way up) in less than 3 hours... Crazy !
my first 6000er. what a great experience. got caught in freak winter storm 100mph+winds with windchill well into minus triple digits. summited in break in weather, thought i was gonna lose a toe, one partner got bad case of HAPE but lived, (descent turned into rescue at times) glad to experience no altitude related illness despite no acclimitization, pity no views from summit
Definitely a good mountain for folks who want to climb high without having to do much technical stuff.
But be acclimatized! I wasn't, even after a week in Arequipa, and by 18K it felt like someone was sticking a needle in my head. By 19K it felt like a fork. We just hit the summit and almost immediately turned around....
A day after climbing Misti, I went to Chachani to climb my first peak above 6000 meter. Johan (my guide working for Zarate Aventuras) and I got dropped off at about 5150 meter. Our camp was at about 5350 meter altitude. I slept well despite the altitude.
The next day it took about 5,5 hours to reach the summit. There were just two other climbers on the same route, so it was very quiet. Some snow (beautiful those penitentes!) on the route, but no need for crampons.
Got ill at 5900m... Not the most beautifull mountain I've climbed, but certainly the highest to date. No technical challenges here... You can walk? You can endure cold? You can endure altitude sickness? You can do this!