Ascent of Cerro Vicuñas on 2011-01-10

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Petter Bjørstad

Greg Slayden -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 10, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Cerro Vicuñas
    Elevation:19905 ft / 6067 m

Ascent Trip Report

We climbed this peak 2 days after Ojos del Salado. On the way down from base camp, our driver dropped us off beside the dirt road at the foot of the NE ridge, S27.00168 W68.57670, 4767m. The topo map shows a trail at this point but we saw little if any sign of it. Once up the steepish bank above the road, a gentle slope led to the start of the ridge. The ridge gradually steepens and becomes rough and loose underfoot, especially near the top. There are a few nice outcrops which can be scrambled but they are easily avoided. A subsidiary (east) summit is passed, P20m or so, with a steepish descent to a stony saddle before the final summit climb. The upper part of the ascent was very windy: in the saddle between summits we had some difficulty standing up. The final ascent was quite tough, due to the 6000m altitude. The summit has a smallish cairn and a big view. The cloudscapes became very dramatic during the day: this will have been related to the high winds.

In descent we avoided the rough ridge by heading further R, past a small area of penitentes, to enjoy a fast easy scree couloir. When the slope eased I kept jogging and was back at the car exactly 1 hour after leaving the summit – in contrast to the 6h 30 ascent!

We spent the night at the nearby Murray refuge (S26.93289 W68.59687, 4532m) before returning to Copiapo the next day. Greg, Adam Walker and I then went on to climb Aconcagua.

Timings: trailhead 0900, summit 1530-1600, TH 1700.

Cerro Vicuñas photos
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4331 ft / 1320 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4331 ft / 1319 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.8 mi / 11 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4331 ft / 1320 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4265 ft / 1300 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m
    Loss on way in:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:NE ridge
    Start Trailhead:dirt road to NE  15640 ft / 4767 m
    Time:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4265 ft / 1299 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:NE ridge
    End Trailhead:dirt road to NE  15640 ft / 4767 m
    Time:1 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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