Ascent of Volcán Calbuco on 2019-01-18

Climber: Sam Grant

Date:Friday, January 18, 2019
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Volcán Calbuco
    Elevation:6611 ft / 2015 m

Ascent Trip Report

Calbuco is fairly heavily signed at the trailhead that the peak is closed to the public. The sign said the mountain is unstable and dangerous. I’m not sure if this is a permanent closure or just for the indefinite future. We hiked up to the Conaf hut about a mile up the trail and there were two rangers up there. We tried to get more info from them but there was a pretty serious language barrier. They did let us further up the trail but made it clear that the summit is off limits. They also wanted us back before they closed so we could check out. With getting a pretty late start that didn’t give us very much time ~4hrs. As quick as we are we figured we’d blast up the mountain and at least take a look. Once getting to the cliff band we knew it was going to be more involved than we thought. We looked at it for a bit, but then ultimately decided to cruise down.

This is a tough hike with a tough trail to follow down lower and pretty challenging off trail terrain higher up. The rufugio on the mountain is in disrepair and clearly not used any more. It’s not really all to surprising they have this trail closed and peak off limits.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5368 ft / 1636 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5368 ft / 1636 m
    Distance:12.6 mi / 20.2 km
    Start Trailhead:1243 ft / 378 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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