Ascent of Peak 1490 on 2018-11-27

Climber: Rafee Memon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 1490
    Elevation:4888 ft / 1489 m

Ascent Trip Report

Note: The real name of this peak is Loma del Pliegue Tumbado.

After spending the morning in El Chalten with my parents and quick hikes to Mirador de los Condores and Mirador de las Aguilas, I was looking for a more proper warmup hike in the area before a big climb of Cerro Electrico the following day. After having an empanada for a quick lunch, I drove back to the visitor center and stopped in as the sign suggested. I chatted with the ranger and attempted to convince him that I wasn't crazy for starting the hike at 1:30pm, but he was assuaged only after I confirmed that I had a headlamp.

I left from the trailhead, made a right at the first junction, and started the gentle ascent through the forest. Soon after, Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre began peaking over the top of the hillside to my right. About three miles in, I turned right at the next trail junction towards Loma del Pligue Tumbado. I went through a thicker section of forest before it opened up and the terrain became more moon-like as I gained elevation. The trail leveled at a great viewpoint of the range, but my target was still about 600 feet higher to my left. There was a little bit of wet snow to step through near the top, but I handled it with little difficulty following in others' footsteps and summited around 3:35pm. Views were spectacular as expected, however a good chunk of Fitz Roy is blocked by Loma de las Pizarras -- a target for a future trip perhaps. There were four others at the summit, but I only stuck around for about ten minutes before starting down.

On the descent, I ran into a couple that were stopped in the middle of the trail taking photos, but only after I got closer did I realize that they were photographing a pair of parakeets on a branch directly above the trail, mostly unphased by us. I reached the trailhead around 5:30pm, finishing in just under four hours with over three hours of daylight to spare. I got dinner before meeting with my guide for the following day's ascent of Cerro Electrico.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3548 ft / 1081 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.8 mi / 19 km
    Trailhead:Visitor Center  1340 ft / 408 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1-2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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