Introduction to Mountaineering, Trekking and Ascension - Vallecitos, Cordon del Plata - Mendoza

Ascents to several hills. Option to extend the week to attempt to Cerro Plata

  • Start Date : Request!
  • Hora Inicio: 9 am in Mendoza ciudad
    Hora Fin: 17 hs. to Mendoza. 8 am from the next day Buenos Aires
  • Meeting Point:Vallecitos, Mendoza
  • Duration:3 days + trip
    Availability: Full!
Introduction to mountaineering ,Vallecitos - Mendoza

Proposal

The mountains everyone see from a distance ...

 

El cordon del Plata is the "school" high mountain of Mendoza in particular and Argentines in general. Just a short distance of Mendoza, Argentina (70 km) have in these mountains, one of the relatively few landscapes "alpine country" which combines altitude, really big mountains, ice and verticality. It is a middle ground between the large distances and softness of the high mountain desert northwest and concentrated and upright granite rocks of Patagonia. Much could be written about geological, historical or romantic about these beautiful mountains, where many mountaineers from different generations have lots of memories, dreams and first achievements. But let as determined from the mountaineer point of view. Visible in part from the city of Mendoza and better still from eastern populations and Uco Valley, from Guaymallén to San Carlos, the Mendoza ignores their secrets and many confuse their white mass with Aconcagua or Tupungato. El Cordon del Plata does not belongs at the limit or Principal Range, where the Aconcagua is, or the old Foothills, but between the two, being near the Cordillera del Tigre (Tiger’s Range) called Front Range. It is geologically the newest, so the mountains are the most slender of the Central Andes. Our program invites you to know them and captivate with their large shadows, trying to reach more of their prized summits.

 

 

Schedule

 

Day 1 (Friday): Meeting at the terminal of the city of Mendoza, 9 am.

Last minute shopping. Transfer by car to Vallecitos charter (2850 m), located some 80 km from the city. In Vallecitos we will settle on a typical mountain lodge where we will spend three nights. Lunch. Afternoon: short acclimatization hike around the area. The options are to access the Veguitas (3200m), place used as the first high camp on mountain ascent of considerable height in the area or a short climb to the hill Andresito (3200). Panoramic view of the cordon and valleys. Return to the refuge. We will have dinner and overnight.

 

Day 2: Breakfast. This day will be dedicated to the ascent of 4 hills belonging to the small mountain range called "La Cadenita". The hills are: Lomas Blancas (3850) El Estudiante (3900), Caucaso (4050) and Iluso (4150). From the top of them you can get an amazing view of the entire region. Lunch Run. In the afternoon we will return to the shelter. Dinner and team preparation for the next day. We overnight at the shelter.

 

Day 3: We will have an early breakfast. The idea of the day is the attempted ascent of Cerro San Bernardo, from 4300 m To arrive at their desired summit we go through the camp Las Veguitas and from there ascend through stone and snow corridors to the summit. The output will be very early, to take advantage of the full day increase our chances of success. In the afternoon, we will back to the shelter. 

Farewell dinner and overnight.

 

Note: It is not mandatory to ascend the hill (same for the previous days). There are different options for short walks.

 

Day 4 (Monday holiday): Breakfast. Free time morning. Optional: rock climbing by the neighboring walls. Trek to Morrenas Coloradas. Lunch and return to the city of Mendoza. Time to downtown and shopping. Return to Buenos Aires according to each option. Arrived to Buenos Aires the next day early morning.

 

 

Option to continue the week (attempt Vallecitos or Plata hills); take advice:

(afternoon ascend to camp overnight Veguitas Superior; 3400 m)

 

Day 5 (Wednesday): Ascent to Camp El Salto (4200 m). Acclimation, hydration. Rest.

 

 

Day 6 (Thursday): This day will be the acclimatization for higth altitude. Short walks around the area. Good nutrition and hydration. Preparing your equipment for summit attempt.

 

Day 7 (Friday): Summit climb the hills Vallecitos or Plata (as weather conditions and group). We left very early. This will be a very stressful day. Return in the evening to the camp of El Salto.

 

Day 8 (Saturday): Descence to Vallecitos base and from there, with our private transport to the city of Mendoza. End of the expedition. Ask about the possibility of staying overnight in the city.

 

 

 

Note

Scheduled median grade requirement in the climbs. 

The height plays a major role. 

It emphasized the factor of good hydration before. 

No program is mandatory stipulated. 

Program subject to conditions cllimáticas. 

The modifications thereof may occur on the fly based on various important factors. 

Decisions will be made exclusively by the guides and coordinators.

The option to attempt to summit the hill Vallecitos or Plata is an important physical experience. 

Consult.

 

Included Services

Pre-travel advice through photos, maps, meetings. 

Mountain guides and permanent coordinator.

General Equipment and group of the expedition.

Accommodation: 3 nights at mountain refuge.

Transfers: Mendoza - Vallecitos - Mendoza

Security features: VHF communication, full kit. Rescue.

Meals: full board in the mountain.

Services NOT included

Bus or air round trip to Mendoza

Personal equipment

Expenses incurred by the eventual abandonment of the program 

Photo and Video Gallery


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Mountaineering - Vallecitos

Difficulty graduation

Mochila: Peso / Duración de la Jornada.

Exigencia Física

Técnico: Dificultad en el Terreno / Equipo.

Fortaleza Psicológica

Exposición a la Altura

Backpack (M)

This point has to do with the weight that we must carry in our backpacks. Trekkings or crossings where we have pack animals allow us to bear less weight on our backs. And the multi-day journeys in Patagonia (without the option of having pack mules) generally make us carry more weight, especially in the early days.

20% Up to 5 Kilos: Short excursion walks / Trekking Talampaya

40% Up to 8/10 Kilos: Round-trip trekking / Vallecitos 3 and 4-day programs

60% Up to 12/15 kilos: Crossing trekking with porting / Crossing of the Andes Paso Portillo

80% More than 15/18 kilos: Cross-country trekkings with little or no portage / Trekkings in Patagonia (Paso Vuriloche, PN Lanin or Nahuel Huapi, etc)

100% More than 25 Kilos: With a lot of equipment on top and little or no porting / Continental Ice

Fitness (F)

We consider physical demands to the wear that we can suffer both aerobic (climbs = possible shortness of breath) and muscle (resistance = many hours walking) and of legs and joints (descents = knees / ankles).

20% half a day or less with little unevenness.

40% more sustained slopes and longer days in the activity. 2-3 days / more than 6 hours per day.

60% Long ascents and descents with a longer duration. Ascents to more than 4000 meters in the central mountain range / intense 4-day trekking (Uruguayan plane)

80% Important work of legs in resistance. Very long days. Very long day ascents (Lanin - Domuyo) or more than 5000 meters. Ice courses.

100% Maximum demand. Aerobic work and constant effort on legs. Continental Ice, Aconcagua, mountains of more than 6000 meters.

Technical (T)

The technical difficulty is mainly based on the terrain. How much can it cost us to climb a slope, if it is very steep or if we have to use our hands in some section (simple climbing), both in rock and snow-ice, or materials such as crampons and pegs in other ascents.

20% flat land

40% trails with moderate ups and downs. General crossing trekkings . Sierra de la Ventana, Córdoba, Patagonia, Cuyo, north, others. Classic ascents

60% Steeper slopes and trails. Possible use of crampons. Domuyo, Cordón del Plata, Cordillera Central.

80% Mixed terrain, with snow or ice. Alvear, Lanin, Tronador. Bolivia, Peru.

100% Highly technical terrain. Glacial transit and climbing in sections. Hill climbing with sections on slopes of more than 60 ° inclination

Psycho (P)

We maintain that this point, the psychological factor, represents a relevant factor. Each one needs a factor of conviction, confidence, self-control and will power to achieve a goal. And depending on the attitude with which we face distances, slopes, terrain and many other objective factors, we can achieve performance with very different results.

20% We will not be much affected.

40% This is a normal level of attention.

60% We require more motivation, enthusiasm and concentration.

80% The activity will require us to be very connected and convinced.

100% Maximum control and emotional-psychological performance.

Adventures (A)

It is the factor that, the height above sea level, influences us depending on the activity we carry out. Managing and overcoming symptoms caused by altitude is the key to this point

0% + sea level.

20% Up to 2000 masl.

40% + 2000 masl.

60% + 4000 masl.

80% + 5000 masl.

100% + 6000 masl.

Gradual Adventure Activity Difficulty System designed by Leandro Scheurle.
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