Another great ski descent.
Didn't make it to the crater rim, but a great long snowboard run in very good snow conditions all the way. Fun!
Fun snow hike and excellent glissade down! Caution: Hold your breath if you look down into the crater. (I still cough just thinking about it!)
We climbed Villarica as one of pre-climbs to Aconcagua. Great views of the lakes and mountains.
Early season attempt with ¨Sol y Nieve¨. Iffy conditions from the off. Walked up the road and then up the lift lines to about 300m above the Chapel where the guide called it in a white out, 80 kph winds and -10 deg temps. Icy crust with polystyrene snow underneath which we broke through to frequently. Stinging horiziontal hail on the way down. Even easy hills can kick you in the butt sometimes!!
At least the weather was also bad the following day.
Started around midnight with Alexander from Switzerland in Pucon and walked all the way to the summit with plastic boots. Nervertheless we had to pay the Park entrance fee, because a ranger was also waiting during the night.
Arrived on the summit around noon. Unfortunately we saw no lava in the crater thus the level was to low.
My first snow climb.
Even though it was during the austral summer, the volcano was still ice covered from the middle up. It´s pretty damned hard to climb such a steep slope on snow and using ski boots (one had to have them on because of the crampons one might need along the way). I cursed myself so many times that day for having taken up smoking.
Finally, after some 6 hours o so, we reached the summit. The view of the whole Lagos region of Chile was more than what I had bargained for.
p.s. I got the worst sunburn of my life there. I even shed burned skin from my head under my hair, and from my earlobes.
Easy hike to the summit on snow slopes. Fumes and volcanic grumblings make the summit an exciting place.
I summited to do a snowboard descent. The conditions were pretty marginal for skiing when I was there. So the descent was not that great. We also had limited time at the summit because a storm was moving in and we didn't really want to be caught in it.
The climb itself is pretty easy and only took us 2 hours from the top of the lift.
The climb was guided by a Pulitour guide named Claudio.
Fun hike up moderate snow slopes on a sunny summer's day. Great views of surrounding lakes and volcanoes. Sulphur fumes are not a lot of fun...
Definitely worth taking a pair of skis up this hill if you get a chance.