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Ascent of Cerro Bolsón de los Cerillos on 2019-04-09

Climber: David Hart

Date:Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Tram
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cerro Bolsón de los Cerillos
    Location:Argentina
    Elevation:18209 ft / 5550 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trip was done over 4 days with Franco as my guide from his company Tucuman Mountain Guides. We also had Willy the muleteer carry our gear with 2 mules to high camp. Willy joined Franco and I on the summit climb.
Day 1, El Tersoro at 8500’ to Camp 1 at 12,580’. 6:25 hrs.
Day 2, Camp 1 to Camp 2 at 15,350’. 4:45 hrs.
Day 3, Camp 2 to Summit at 18,200’. 4:20 hrs.
Summit to Camp 2. 2:00 hrs.
Day 4, Camp 2 to El Tercero. 6:00 hrs.

The climb is not difficult, mostly rough trail and off-trail hiking. The high camp would be a wonderful place to spend a day acclimating before, or hanging out after an ascent. Clear water creek, flat sandy ground and a beautiful sunset view to the west.

The summit register showed about 4 parties per year which agreed with Willy’s estimation.

I had acclimated a bit over the two previous days climbing Cumbres Calchaquies 15,551’ from a high camp at 12,700’. The quick altitude gain on the Bolson trip might prove painful for those unacclimated.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:9847 ft / 3000 m
    Total Elevation Loss:9847 ft / 3000 m
    Round-Trip Distance:26.8 mi / 43.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Ski Poles, Guide, Animal/Pet, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:3 nights away from roads
    Weather:Perfect. No wind, no clouds.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:9763 ft / 2975 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 9709 ft / 2960 m; Extra: 54 ft / 16m
    Loss on way in:54 ft / 16 m
    Distance:13.4 mi / 21.6 km
    Route:NW ridge to N valley to NE ridge
    Start Trailhead:El Tesoro school  8500 ft / 2590 m
    Time:15 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:9793 ft / 2984 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 9709 ft / 2960 m; Extra: 84 ft / 25m
    Gain on way out:84 ft / 25 m
    Distance:13.4 mi / 21.6 km
    Route:NW ridge to N valley to NE ridge
    End Trailhead:El Tesoro school  8500 ft / 2590 m
    Time:8 Hours 



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