For 8 days participants will immerse themselves in the high alpine terrain of the Central Andes of Chile. This Venture actively challenges each rope team by climbing multiple peaks during the days leading to the primary objective of summiting Cerro El Plomo.
Andes Mountaineering: Cerro El Plomo
This alpine mountaineering expedition leads up to Cerro El Plomo in the Andes Mountain region of Central Chile.
The “Climb High, Sleep Low” approach during this venture will help to properly acclimatize the participants while introducing them to a range of challenging expeditionary considerations such as pace, route selection and team ability/dynamics. The Andes of Chile are characterized by incredible views of neighboring peaks and lush valleys below.
Activities and Risks
Activities on this venture include high altitude mountaineering, navigation, backpacking, glacier/snow travel, tent camping, and route finding. Risks associated with this venture include cold, sunburn, multi-day exposure, isolated travel, falling rock/rolling rock, and hypothermia.
A high level of physical training is necessary for this venture.
Costs and Equipment
Expedition Cost includes:
The land fee covers all land costs (from Santiago): transportation, professional fees, park entrance,
lodging (1st and last night in a hotel/lodge in Santiago), meals in the field, guides, vehicle backup,
tents, meeting/cooking tent, radios, GPS, maps, mountaineering gear (climbing boots,
crampons, climbing harness) and all technical workshops.
Expedition Cost does not include:
Additional nights of accommodation not specified in the itinerary and meals in Santiago.
Transfer from the Santiago Airport to the Hotel (in and out).
- Participant fee: $3,400 (land cost)
- Number of seats per venture: 24 (Winter Break), 24 (Spring Break)
- Dates: Winter Break (December 28, 2018 – January 4, 2019), Spring Break (March 2 – 10, 2019)
- Location: Santiago, Chile
Primary Peak to Climb: Cerro El Plomo (17,782 ft.)
Other Peaks Climbed in Preparation: Cerro Manquehue (3,537 ft.), Cerro La Parva (13,277 ft.), Cerro Pintor (13,713 ft.)
- Venture Fellows:
January: Minwoo Choi and Marieta Kenkovova
- March: Matt Collins and Shannon Irish