Gorsedd Y Cwmwl

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Only 6 group ascents up this peak ( all since 1954). Permission MUST me obtained from Los Alerces National Park. Due to the fact that there have only been six ascents of this peak there is no natural path unless a path has previously been prepared by cutting through thick forest and bushes with a knife. Once out of the forest (1 1/2hours), follow the old river bed and then once you reach the present river -follow the river up to the water-fall by walking on the edge of the gorgethorugh more thick trees and bushes. Then scramble up through more trees and bushes up a number of steep hills. Once out of the first forest there is 60 degree slope of scree (the rock is very loose) and then through the second forest. From here on there is a 45 degree incline up boulders for a fair distance before reaching another very large slope (65 degrees) of scree and loose faling rock. Then traverse accross scree and boulders on the other side of the ridge. Here is the last place for water before the summit so remember to fill your water bags. There is snow and ice here year round but only in a certain number of places and there is no need for ice axes and crampons in the winter and early spring( their summer and early autumn). Once you reach the plateau there are few places in which to shelter form the elements but here is the best place to set up camp over night (9 hours walking to the camp from set off point without stops). It is possible to bivvy up at the camp but not recomended unless you are mad and prepared for a sleepless night. There are a three sumits to climb, but only one has ever been climbed (Gorsedd y Cwmwl). The climb to the summit has three pitches and takes around 2 hours from camp. There are a 2/3 bolts in the rock (granite) allready but it is neccessary ot take a fair amount of gear up with you. There is room for 7 (max.) on the summit. In order to arrive back at the set off point you must set off at first light (especially in the winter months). However on the ascent it is advisable to leave markers boecause it is very easy to loose your way.

Elevation (feet): 6,627
Elevation (meters): 2,020
Continent: South America
Country: Argentina
Range/Region: Central Argentina-Chile
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Dec
Year first climbed: 1954
Nearest major airport: Esquel
Convenient Center: Esquel

Thanks to Iestyn Matthew Shapey for adding this peak.

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  • Log #16540 - by Iestyn Matthew Shapey on June 05, 2001
    Leave plenty of time for both the ascent and descent and take a lot of food. Also during the early Autumn and Winter it is extremely cold with a lot of snow and ice.