Huayna Potosi Trip Report (#18873)
- Signed By: Pete of Plymouth, Devon, UK
- Date submitted: February 14, 2006
- Date(s) climbed: 9th -11th August 2005
- Number of People Encountered:11-25 people
- Recommend to a Friend: Highly
The climb to high camp was no problem apart from the heat of the sun, that all changed by 4:30pm when it disppeared behind the mountain. Come 12:30am it was a freezing but clear night and Gonzalo my guide and myself set off for the summit. We made good speed and the stars were incredible. About 1 hour after Camp Argentino and after crossing a number of crevases we reached a tricky ice wall above a crevase, by now the temperature must have been nearing minus 20 because my hands and those of some other climbers we met were very cold. It was then a simple 2 hour(ish) trek towards the bottom of the summit climb, but by now the altitude was making it harder and the cold was very noticeable whenever we stopped to breath and drink water. The last 200 metre summit climb was steep and took about 1 hour and thankfully the sun rose with about 20 minutes to go which defrosted my hands and made it a whole lot more enjoyable. The view was incredible and there was only a few of us at the summit. It had taken about 6 and a half hours and then 2 more back to high camp and about 1 and half back to base camp. Awesome!!