Ascent of Volcán Lonquimay on 2019-01-06

Climber: Connor McEntee

Date:Sunday, January 6, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Volcán Lonquimay
    Elevation:9400 ft / 2865 m

Ascent Trip Report

With horrendous weather on Lanín we decided to make for Lonquimay instead. The road is paved (though it has huge potholes) all the way to the ski resort. A little before that there is a guard station with a ranger that signaled that we needed to stop. The park is free, but there is mandatory registration. Since it was already the afternoon, I didn’t want to tell her that our objective was the top of the volcano in case there were restrictions. So, we indicated that we would go up to the Navidad Crater, which is also the starting point for the summit.

The parking area is just a shoulder alongside the road. On this Sunday, there were a number of cars arriving and leaving. The obvious trail is the trail to the crater, but there is a distinct climbers trail that traverses around the little hill just across from the parking area. It faded by the time we hit the ski resort access road, and we just had to make our own way up toward the obvious ridge leading to the summit. Much to my surprise, there was substantially more snow on the mountain than in 2015. This was nice, since it was preferable to scree.

The line I took was fine for me, but a little too aggressive for my partner. The gradient is gentler if you follow the ski lift. The upper ridge begins right above the top of the last ski lift. This was partly melted out and the scree was loose enough that it was easy to slip and fall. Being more exposed, the winds picked up considerably and the summit was now ensconced in clouds. I ended up climbing the final 300m by myself alternating between scree, talus, and snow. There were no views from the summit, and I only stopped long enough to change into boots that I needed to break in.

The descent was quite enjoyable, because the snow was soft enough that plunge stepping or glissading was possible. We linked up at the top of the ski lift and quickly made our way back down to the car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4102 ft / 1250 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4102 ft / 1250 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Extremely Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3616 ft / 1102 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3130 ft / 954 m; Extra: 486 ft / 148m
    Loss on way in:486 ft / 148 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Navidad Crater TH  6270 ft / 1911 m
    Time:2 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3616 ft / 1102 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3130 ft / 954 m; Extra: 486 ft / 148m
    Gain on way out:486 ft / 148 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:East Ridge
    End Trailhead:Navidad Crater TH  6270 ft / 1911 m
    Time:58 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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