After being rejected from the Argentina side for "insufficient gear" I stuck it to the goddamn Argentina rangers by climbing it in a day from the Chilean side a week later. Don't waste your time trying to abide by the rules on the Argentine side...just climb it from Chile. Long but beautiful day!
After getting my butt kicked on Aconcagua, Phil and I headed south to explore southern Chile and Argentina. I ended up solo’ing Lanin Volcano via the normal route while Phil slept in the shelter since he wasn’t in the mood to slog up Lanin. I had a great solo climb on easy snow in a beautiful setting; no Aconcagua, but a pleasant snow climb to excellent views.
Spent a few weeks in Lanin National Park gazing at this beautiful volcano before heading off on bikes from Junin to go and climb it. Took a day to the campsite, a short day up to Refugio CAJA, then a marathon day climbing to the summit, back down to the road and then cycling back to Junin.
A very nice climb in clear but chilly conditions, and only 4 others on the mountain that day.
Very brief trip report here: www.pikesonhikes.blogspot.com
After wishing to be there for 2 years, finaly i could step on its summit and enjoy that spetacular view...
Blue skies, no wind, awesome!
Awesome weather which is odd in that part of the country. All around very pretty due to its prominence. Not enough snow this year made it quite a scree slog.
We choose to climb a more remote route on Lanin from the Chilean side. We camped at the base and had a very long summit day but had great weather. Clear views of Villarica, Quetrupillan, and Lliama. You will need to have some good route finding skills (wands, compass) for this route, since there is no boot track (until you get to the Canaleta), be especially carefully if you have whiteout conditions.
I climbed Volcan Lanin from the Chilean side b/c the Argentine guardaparque had too many rules. This route is arguably easier (less glaciated), but is also more remote (no refugios). It is better to climb earlier in the year, as rockfall was a problem this late. A small, obvious crevasse must be crossed near the summit. Crampons and ice axe were not really necessary, but certainly would be in the spring.
We climbed the mountain via the normal route. Nice weather (not common)and a Great Summit View!!! Ariel Borgialli and Ivan Bonacalza also were in the team.
Unsually good weather and great views.3h to the top from BC. Easy mountain but hard ice at the end ... take care !
It's a good thing this isn't a "summit" post as we never actually made it to the top. Me, my wife, and our then 6 month old son (Nikolas) went - using the northern route - as far as the first Casa de Refugio (i.e., the one maintained by the military) with an amazing guide that we had contracted locally in San Martin de los Andes. It was an awesome, laid back trek through the base level forest, then through the volcanic rock field, then up the spine, and finally to the rest stop at 2,450 meters (where we lunched on smoked jabali, homemade chocolates, cheese, bread, and mate - a luxury). Our guide - a seasoned professional - tells us that Nick was his youngest client (even if he rode on my back for the better part of the trip). From that elevation we could see clear to the Argentine-Chilean border crossing, as well as several prominent Chilean peaks off to the NW. Slowed down by our less than optimal condition and surplus packing weight, it took us a good solid 5-6 hours to make the casa de refugio. We rested about an hour and then spent a good 2 hours on the descent. I would like nothing more than to go back, with the right gear and leaving my infant child behind, and go for the sumnmit. If the first leg was as good as what we experienced, the second must be even better!
What a great climb...9K feet in two days is a bunch, but well worth it. Got lost on the descent, every glacial valley looks the same!
Great climb...I highly recommend it. This was my wife's first mountain climb and she both agonized but loved it. Be prepared and have a blast.
Pretty nice climb, very smooth and rather easy. The weather was no good that day, and all of the 3 shelters were packed. My partner Diego Lon did not want to go up and I joined the rope of Sargento the Infanteria Segundo (Sargent Segundo, from the Argentinean Army), who made me climb, together with his client "like in the army! However, I enjoyed the climb. Watch out for the ugly Patagonian mosquitos called “tabanos”.