Ascent of Cerro Martial on 2016-11-01

Climber: Sean Caulfield

Date:Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cerro Martial
    Elevation:4396 ft / 1339 m

Ascent Trip Report

Tough day hike from Ushuaia. You can get motorised transport to the start of the trail at the disused cable car station (up a paved road), but I just walked up from town in under an hour, it's possible to skip most of the switchbacks in the road when hiking.

The trail splits from the normal tourist route up to see the Glacier Martial after a stream crossing at about 600m elevation. I was able to scramble up rocks and scree (helmet recommended if hiking in a group - some big loose rocks) to approximately 1,060m where I put on my crampons and continued up on the snow/glacier. Ice axe highly recommended for the the ability to self-arrest, especially on the way down, although I didn't need to use mine as the snow was quite soft.

An American guy who summited after me skied down. Two Argentinian climbers who I passed on the way up had ascended a different route, getting on the snow lower down, but meeting my route at 1,060m.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4330 ft / 1319 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4330 ft / 1319 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4330 ft / 1319 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:Glaciar Martial
    Start Trailhead:Cruz del Sur Hostel  66 ft / 20 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4330 ft / 1319 m
    Route:Glaciar Martial
    End Trailhead:Cruz del Sur Hostel  66 ft / 20 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Sean Caulfield
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