Great first summit in the Ishinca Valley. Absolutely beautiful area!!
Absolutely terrible weather in the Ishinca Valley but we managed to at least get on top of Urus! An easy and absolutely beautiful climb..
first mountain on our Peru 2016 trip, great start! and the best of all, we were alone.
Due to being very sick, the summit ending was a bit of a struggle. I had to rest near the Refugio for a few days. In addition to this I had never been to 17K before. This is a great warm up peak for the Peruvian Andes. The views were outstanding!
Carried our boots in our packs and wore runners up to the snow line (~16.5k if I remember correctly). Perfect for our first peak in Peru, short and steep and close to basecamp.
Good acclimatizer...beautiful area.
snow was in good condition and not as steep as the guidebook said it would be.
Nice view from the summit. Very fun climb.
July 2013 was very stable weatherwise in the Cordillera Blanca. Our team managed to climb Urus, Ichinca, Toclaraju (through the Bergshrund route), Huascaran Sul and Chopicalqui. We had to abandon halfway up the Pisco due to very bad weather.
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Bad weather postponed the planned night hike for the following day. Some mixed terrain to gain the summit.
As mentioned previously, not the most exciting mountain but a good acclimatisation peak with decent views and not too tiring. Conditions were good allowing my partner and I to be back to the tent at base camp in around five and a half hours at a very steady pace.
Took a detour a little to the left of the normal route, following a buttress, just for a little more fun. Decent acclmatization, but not very fun.
Climbed Urus with Jacek R. from the Base Camp. Nice and easy, good to acclimatise.
Long hike up a ridge from the Ishinca valley to a very short, crevasse-free snow field. As an acclimation peak or for a first-time it's cool, but Vallunaraju and Ishinca are more fun.
Good route and awesome peak.
A nice route with fine views useful to acclimatize.
Great weather, no crevasses. :P
Fun climb to a great little summit. Watched an avalance on Palcaraju from the top... very nice!
Early in the morning, the cloud cover was only a few hundred meters above the refuge. We waited. Not long after 9am, we headed out anyway, not expecting to summit, but sitting indoors doesn´t help either, and my partner needed more altitude to get better acclimatized. Not long after 10am, the sun got strong enough to dissolve the clouds, and we ended up making it all the way to the summit.
In fact, the day before we had discussed traversing from Urus Este to Urus Central, but that was not possible anymore, for three reasons:
1) The ridge leading down from Urus Este in the direction of Central didn´t look very inviting, so we would have to descend the normal route for quite a while, then go around Este and head for Central. Should I try for Urus Central again, I´ll go directly instead of over Urus Este. In fact, Central looks rather steep from the east as well as from the south, so I would aim for the col between Urus Oeste and Central, and try to climb Central from the west. That ridge didn´t look to bad.
2) had the traverse along the ridge from Este to Central been a not too difficult route, we might have had enough time, but now that that route seemed too hard, we didn´t.
3) we were kinda tired anyway.
Made it to the top at 9:00 am under extremely windy conditions but clear sky. Wonderful views of surrounding peaks. Great conditions with summit almost completely covered in snow and less rocky than seen on previous years.