Hacienda La Esperanza-on the way to our base camp to climb Nevada Pico Concavo. The Owner had to abondon the Hacienda for 5 years at the turn of this century because of FARC activity in the area. THe whole area is clean as a whistle now, in that regards.
Post by elexpatriado on May 13, 2016 10:39:51 GMT -5
El Concavo. The peak we are going to climb from our base camp. We spent one day acclimatizing and went to the edge of the glacier, and the next day climbed the sucker. Funny thing happened on the night before our acclimatization and route finding day. These goofy Colombians, who have never seen snow and ice before, like to walk around on steep snow fields in runners or hiking boots without Ice Ax and Crampons or helmet. Needless to say, they are always falling off and cracking their skulls, breaking bones and getting killed or injured.
Well we got woken at our tenet at midnight by this woman who said er boyfriend was suffering, could we pleas help. Well turned out that he had slipped on steep snow, and cracked his rib. The rib was obstructing his lung, and this along with the altitude, led to an attack of pulmonary edema or something similar, Basicaly big problems breathing. Asier called the Hacienda or some local guides he knew to send burros to bring the guy down to the hospital and town, meanwhile myself , Andrea and the guys GF took turns supporting him in the trail down from the base camp at 4200 M to about 3600 M where the burros met us, We then climbed back up to the tents. By then it was 4 in the morning. We slept 2 hours, got up at 6 am and climbed to the edge of the glacier at 4700 M.
The next day we got up at 4 am to climb the peak. Lucky this incident dint happen on Summit day, or we would have been screwed,
Post by elexpatriado on May 15, 2016 17:59:58 GMT -5
Later on we went to the Kabañas Kanwara.. this is the route of access to climb Rita Cuba Blanca, the highest peak in El Cocuy. The first time we were there we never got to the summit, we were blocked by a large Crevasse on the way up, 100 m from the top.
Here is a view from the Cabañas.
First Rita Cuba Blanca (5400 m)in the distance
San Pablo Norte. (approx. 5250 or 5300 M).Beautiful Peak and quite technical. I would like to Climb it some day. I climbed San Pablo Sur on this trip
Pan de Azucar and Pulpito Del Diablo as seen from the Cabañas
Post by elexpatriado on May 15, 2016 18:15:16 GMT -5
The final ridge on Rita Cuba Blanca, just below where we turned back the first time. The mountain is an easy snow slog, except for the last few 100 feet which has a steep section and bergscrund (Large Crevasse). There was another crevasse abot 2,2 M wide below the Bergshrund the first time we were there, which prevented us from reaching the summit.
Excellent shots. I would either drop or lose my camera climbing a mountain like that. Nevada Tolima is a semi-active volcano?
No dont think so. Never smelt any sulfur.
Nevada Del Ruiz-yes-has been active for 5 years and is illegal to climb-although some people do it. I havent been up there for five years. My friend says we can do it with dust masks, but I dont want to take the risk
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