Ascent of Cerros de Canapa on 2011-01-02

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Petter Bjørstad
Duane Gilliland
Greg Slayden -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Adam Walker -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 2, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Cerros de Canapa
    Elevation:19298 ft / 5882 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bolivian topo map names the summit as Cerros de Cañapa. We climbed this peak 2 days after Cerro Chorolque. Approaching from the E, via the good new dirt road which forks NE from the village of Via Alota (S21.40401 W67.59770) the peak is well seen, together with its companion Ultras Tomasamil and Ollague.

Our trailhead was at S21.45200 W68.03711, 4659m, on the E slopes of the mountain. A track is visible on Google Earth, leaving the (dirt) road at approx S21.4266 W67.9962, 4240m. I had put the route into my GPSr and it was a fairly easy drive in our two Landcruisers for most of its length. Our drivers were unsure about the last few hundred m but there was good camping and once we had walked the route with them they agreed to drive the last section. The site was good, within striking distance of the summit and with excellent views.

Next morning we make a fairly early start, following the track initially then gaining the foot of the E ridge. The ridge is rough and fairly loose. Adam H has a bad cough and stops at 5300m to await our return. After an awkward steeper scree section we are able to gain the ridge crest. After a more level section some more steep scree leads finally to the summit, which is marked by a few stakes incorporated into a cairn, S21.44817 W68.07110, 5904m. Petter got out his Oxymeter: I recorded an impressively bad personal-worst Oxygen saturation of 55!

In descent we avoid the awkward rough E ridge by making an easy rapid scree descent of the ESE couloir. Greg diverts b ack onto the E ridge to collect Adam then we descend to our high camp. We spend the night here for acclimatisation purposes before moving on to Cerro Tomasamil which we climb in two days time.

Timings: camp 0630, summit 1225-1325, camp 1600.

NOTE: the GPX track is relatively low resolution but extends to the main (dirt) highway.

Cerros de Cañapa photos

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4045 ft / 1232 m
    Extra Gain:16 ft / 4 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:east ridge
    Trailhead:Eastern access track  15285 ft / 4658 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 35 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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