Ascent of Volcán Villarrica on 2014-01-20
|Date:||Monday, January 20, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||2859 m / 9383 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportDate t.b.c.
Villarrica was surprisingly exciting! The initial ascent was easy following others' footsteps; crampons were carried but unnecessary. The poor weather which was forecast came in earlier than expected and many guided groups turned back, urging us to do the same. At the summit rim, which is fortunately quite secure, there was nil visibility, gusty winds, swirling grit and unpleasant strong sulphur smells, causing intermittent choking. We paused only to take a GPS reading not even for a photo. The descent was great, glissading down snow runnels. No-one else was around by that point!
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