Ascent to Nevado Ancohuma-Laguna Chillata on 2016-07-01

Climber: Bradley R

Others in Party:Frank Esposito
Date:Friday, July 1, 2016
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Nevado Ancohuma - Laguna Chillata
    Elevation:13780 ft / 4200 m
    Remaining Elevation:7306 ft / 2227 m (82% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

How I chose this peak: Frank and I wanted to try a non-technical 20,000' peak. Based on my reading Ancohuma would not be very technical.

The Plan: Six days on the mountain, reaching the summit on July 4th.

The climb: During the drive my stomach became tight and I lost my appetite. Day one should have been easy, but I struggled though the 1.7 miles. I was not able to eat and all I wanted to do was sleep. That night I woke up with worsening stomach problems. In the morning I couldn't eat breakfast and felt like I was going to throw up. I made the decision to go back down the mountain. Frank and our guide continued. Later in the day I was picked up by another guide and returned to Sorota. The next three days I was so sick I barely left my hotel room. The sickness was not altitude related.

This was very unfortunate, but part of life. It's over a week later and I'm back in North Carolina writing this and still sick from this trip. UPDATE: Ended up coughing into the beginning of September from the bug I caught on this trip.

Frank and the guide did not reach the summit, turning around at around 20,100' of elevation. They said the glaciers were covered in pinnacles, and there were several crevasses. What caused them to turn around was in a section of ice climbing clouds settled in and heavy winds and snow came in forcing them to turn around.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1582 ft / 482 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2293 ft / 698 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.1 mi / 6.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Guide, Porters, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1582 ft / 482 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.8 km
    Start Trailhead:12198 ft / 3717 m
    Time:1 Hours 43 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2293 ft / 698 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    End Trailhead:11487 ft / 3501 m
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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