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Ranrapalca Trip Report (#20498)

  • Signed By: Doug Rice
  • Date submitted: November 21, 2006
  • Number of People Encountered:0-10 people
  • Recommend to a Friend: Highly

I soloed Ranrapalca while an English Professor at the UNASAM in Huaraz. An unexpected cancellation of classes provoked me to call in sick and sneak off to the mountains.

I overnighted one night at base camp at the head of Quebrada Cojup and another night at the col with Nevado Ishinca. I crossed the glacier to the headwall, went partway up it, and traversed to the ridge to reach the summit plateau. Headwalls always look steeper than they are; a reasonable guess for this one would be 45 degrees. It was all snow when I climbed it, but I understand that a lot of folks go straight up on mixed snow and rock. The scariest part was the summit plateau, which had one enormous crevasse. I crossed it on a very dicey snowbridge to access a sharp summit pinnacle. The top was a chisel of thin ice; I flattened out a seat on it and took summit photos. I made a night descent and reached base camp at dawn.

Now that I have a son, I will not do any more such risky solos.

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