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Winter Mountaineering and Ice Climbing Course - Ascent to summits - Vallecitos, Mendoza - Ascenso23
Winter Mountaineering and Ice Climbing Course - Ascent to summits - Vallecitos, Mendoza

Winter Mountaineering and Ice Climbing Course - Ascent to summits - Vallecitos, Mendoza

A mountaineering course in winter conditions with the comfort of spending the night in a mountain shelter

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Meeting Point:
Mendoza City
Cuyo, Argentina
End Point:
Mendoza City
4 days + trip
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The Mountaineering school

The Cordón del Plata, better known as Vallecitos, is a mountain range used as a mountaineering school. There are grouped mountains of different heights, valleys and ideal conditions for mountaineering enthusiasts of all levels.

In this course, we propose you to develop contents related to winter mountaineering, with opening of tracks, preparation of camps, climbing in snowfields, ice climbing, practice of glacier transit and even ascent to summits.

Course Contents:


  • Special care in winter: cold, sun, wind, nutrition-hydration. How to live in the snow
  • Snow: types, consistency, metamorphosis. Avalanches.
  • Snow trekking
  • Winter camping: armed, general considerations
  • First steps: Open trail, slopes, slopes, ascents-descents, self-arrest
  • Personal equipment, uses and characteristics: Canes, Pickaxe-Piolet, crampons
  • Security material, uses and characteristics: Anchors, stakes, screws, nails.
  • Safety rope: Ensemble, glacier roped. strings
  • Snow and ice climbing: Corridors, waterfalls (axe traction). Mixed climbing
2022 Dates of our winter Mountaineering Courses:


  • July 27th to 30th - Vallecitos, Mendoza
  • August 13th to 16th - Caviahue, Neuquén
  • September 5th to 9th - Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego



Day 1: Transfer from Mendoza City to Vallecitos by charter vehicle (2 hour-trip). Preparation in the shelter. Initial talk of the equipment and basic notions. Walk with backpack, poles and snowshoes (if necessary). First practices. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Breakfast. Self arrest. First steps. Open footprint. Scenario reading. Nivology, snow types, cuts, slope analysis: avalanches. Lunch. Rope-in ??practice in assembly and glacier with rescue in crevasses. Pickaxe technique. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Breakfast. Crampon practice. Mixed climbing. Anchors in snow: stakes, anchors, mushrooms. Armed systems. Lunch. Special techniques with ice ax and crampons. Climbing pitches through corridors and rugged slopes. Ascent to summit to be defined. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Breakfast. Ice climbing (axe traction) in artificial waterfalls, if conditions allow it. Climbing option to the summit of Lomas Blancas. Lunch. Final content review. End of the course. Return in the afternoon to Mendoza City.



It is an intense experience in the middle of winter. It is important to know that contact with snow and cold is permanent and important. The equipment is essential to be of quality and complete.
You spend the night in a mountain refuge with basic amenities

speaker_notesIncluded Services:

  • Transfers to and from Mendoza
  • Guided and permanent instruction. professional guides
  • General equipment: ropes, carabiners, cords, tapes, general group technical material
  • Communication: vhf radio - satellite phone
  • First aid team and lifeguards
  • 3 nights in a shelter with beds, bathroom and kitchen-dining room
  • The entire course and its contents, the 4 continuous days.
  • Guided ascent to the summit to be designated
  • Prior advice with meetings, audiovisual and others.
  • Personal accident insurance

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  • Trip to Mendoza (flight or bus tickets)
  • Meals (The idea is to shop together with the group and cooking a suitable menu for dinners and to take away during the activities.)
  • Personal equipment (clothing and technical: pickaxe, crampons, helmet, harness, rackets, etc) Ask us for the complete combo rental.
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