Tips (or partners) climbing Huayna Potosi, Bolivia

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Tips (or partners) climbing Huayna Potosi, Bolivia

by vasilli » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:12 pm

2 friends and I planning to climb Huayna Potosi (6100m) and Illimani (6400m) in Bolivia this February. Our previous climb was Pico de Orizaba (5700m) but other than that, we are pretty fresh.

Looking for technical and gear tips for these objectives, and/or a more experienced partner(s) to join us, so that we can learn the ropes, literally. :)

Has anybody had personal experience on these mountains?

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Re: Tips (or partners) climbing Huayna Potosi, Bolivia

by rgg » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:20 pm

February is not a good month for climbing these two. It's the rainy season, which means fresh snow on these peaks. You may get lucky with the weather and the avalanche conditions, but I wouldn't bet on it. It's much better to wait a few months. The normal season is roughly from May to September.

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Re: Tips (or partners) climbing Huayna Potosi, Bolivia

by Scott » Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:17 am

February is not a good month for climbing these two.


This. February is probably the worse and most dangerous month to go.

If you are stuck going to Bolivia in February, then head for the desert peaks in Bolivia. Peaks such as Licancabur or Uturuncu can be reasonable in February.

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Re: Tips (or partners) climbing Huayna Potosi, Bolivia

by vasilli » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:02 pm

Thanks for the tips. We are not "stuck" yet. Still planning. Will take your advice and not attempt those peaks off-season.

Is there anything recommended in Central/South America in Feb? I'll research Licancabur and Uturuncu!

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Re: Tips (or partners) climbing Huayna Potosi, Bolivia

by Scott » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:10 pm

Is there anything recommended in Central/South America in Feb?


February is prime season in Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, and most of Chile and Argentina. It is OK for Ecuador.

In South America, the areas to avoid in February are Peru and Bolivia.

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Re: Tips (or partners) climbing Huayna Potosi, Bolivia

by Nicolas » Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:08 pm

I agree! I climbed both of them last August, very nice, but I think it is May to September!!!
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Re: Tips (or partners) climbing Huayna Potosi, Bolivia

by vasilli » Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:09 am

Ty for the recommendations. Met nixoriugis here and going together to Chile Jan 16! yaaaaaa


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