Ascent of Morro del Buitre on 2022-09-19

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Monday, September 19, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Morro del Buitre
    Elevation:7024 ft / 2140 m

Ascent Trip Report

From SW, intended to take Josef's route, but after quickly scanning his TR and the map I mistakenly started 500m S and hiked unpaved road to Coral del Peñón. Before reaching there I'd realised the cliff could be an issue, and re-read the TR. However I spotted a promising line so continued, up steep slopes of pine and semi stable gravel.

I located the area of less steep cliffs, rising in steps and ramps, and (1) scrambled up at L end, YDS3 with obvious wear marks (but possibly an ibex route, I saw some higher up). Climbing up and R on easy but exposed ground led to a 10m wall with no apparent way up, but (2) gaining a ledge and crossing L-R (exposed and delicate but nice, small holds, short hand traverse) leads to a steep 3m YDS4 climb (again, possible signs of traffic). Above this is an easy (a little exposed) traverse R with various possible routes ahead for section (3). In reality this proved the most difficult. There's probably a good route, but I forced a scrabbly layback at about Severe 4b (British trad). I'm not sure if Ibex could manage this section, but I did find a couple immediately above. From here it's an easy walk R around a corner then easy ground leads up L to summit ridge. First Torca del Nieve P25m ish then main summit.

I belatedly obtained Josef's track (he sent me a copy as I had temporary problems with Ramblr web page) for a less exciting descent route. Ironically when I reached the summit (stone pillar in cairn) there's a motorbike parked! Maybe used Deividas route from NE? Josef's descent route worked well. Thunder and rain starting by the time I reached the car.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3481 ft / 1061 m
    Total Elevation Loss:132 ft / 40 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3481 ft / 1061 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3349 ft / 1020 m; Extra: 132 ft / 40m
    Loss on way in:132 ft / 40 m
    Distance:8.1 mi / 13 km
    Start Trailhead:3675 ft / 1120 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 10 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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