Ascent of Cerro La Parva on 2019-02-13

Climber: Jared Shaw

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Cerro La Parva
    Elevation:13278 ft / 4047 m

Ascent Trip Report

In this trip I hiked up Cerro La Parva and Cerro Pintor starting at the La Parva ski resort located outside Santiago, Chile. The first 1/3 of the hike is walking up the maintenance road of the ski resort. During the weekends it is possible to take a chairlift to the top of the resort. Since my hike was midweek, I did not have that option. However, after an hour of hiking up the road, some maintenance staff were nice enough to let me hitch hike up to the summit of La Parva ski resort. From there, you will see a false summit of Cerro La Parva directly overhead. I hiked up a decent use-trail to the east side of the false summit. A better maintained trail exists to the west side of the false summit, which I ended up using on the way down. It's loose and not too fun, but easier to follow than the east-side route. Once I got to the top of the false summit, the true summit of Cerro La Parva is clearly in view and is another 30-45mins.

After summiting Cerro La Parva, I set my sights on Cerro El Pintor. You can see the colorful ledges of El Pintor from the summit of La Parva; hence, the summit is names "The Painter". Looming large behind El Pintor, at over 17,000ft, is the glaciated Cerro El Plomo. That will have to be an attempt for another time. El Pintor is achieved by descending a couple hundred feet and then hiking up a well-established trail. You will hike pass an emergency shelter that looks like space equipment from the '70s. At a certain point on the trail, you need to turn right off the main trail to the summit of El Pintor. It's not marked, but there are clear turn-offs.

After El Pintor, I descended. Unfortunately, I was not able to hitch hike down the ski resort, which added a few hours to the trek.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy
Ascent Part of Trip: Santiago Andes

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cerro La Parva2019-02-13 
2Cerro Pintor2019-02-13 

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