Huayna Potosi Trip Report (#22449)
- Signed By: Layne Flake
- Date submitted: November 10, 2013
- Date(s) climbed: September 3-5, 2013
- Number of People Encountered:50+ people
- Recommend to a Friend: Highly
My brother, Bryan and a younger friend, Chris Bowerbank and I summitted Huayna Potosi on my 45th wedding anniversary (Sept. 5th) I am sixty-six, Bryan is fifty-seven and Chris is thirty-three. We had excellent logistical support from Andean Summits Agency, although we guided ourselves on the climb. We took is slowly reaching the summit in eight hours from high camp. The weather was ideal - clear skies and no wind. A total of ten persons summitted that day. Our GPS registered 20,044 feet at the top. This reading seems consistent with almost everyone's GPS summit measurement. Latins seem satisfied with the traditional (and apparently erroneous)6,088 meter designation because they use the metric system and 6,000 meters is something of a landmark. However, for North Americans 20,000 feet is a landmark height. I wish this inconsistency would be corrected. We thoroughly enjoyed our climb of that beautiful mountain and the hospitality of the Bolivians and companionship of our fellow climbers. I would highly recommend this challenging and exhilarating climb to anyone willing to "pay the price".