Chilemontaña Blog

Spring Backcountry Ski in the Southern Andes of Chile

Last September a group of friends decide to explore the volcanoes of south Chile on spring time. They not only had an amazing time but as well some incredible, springtime skiing on great corn snow, as well all the terrain for them self.

Springtime Backcountry Ski in the South Andes

You could also see these images on higher resolution, here

How to get a good acclimatisation and feel super strong while climbing in the Andes.

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In ChileMontaña we plan our expedition itineraries very carefully, aiming to give all the expedition members, guests and staff, the maximum chances to acclimatize naturally and safely.

Part of the strategy is based on basic rules, such as:

  • Gain altitude very slowly, moving gradually to higher camps.
  • Plan for moderate exercise at higher altitude every day and keep a lower base camp for the night: “climb high / sleep low”.
  • Keep a slow pace during the acclimatisation hikes and climbs.
  • Provide water and different kinds of warm and cold beverages at all times of the day, in order to ensure hydration to all members.

Nevertheless, acclimatisation to the altitude is a personal feature that partially depends on physiology and greatly depends on yourself. Here some tips that will make the difference when climbing a 6000 meters peak in the Andes

Take care of your mind and body before the expedition:

Avoid as much as possible the pre-expedition stress.

  • Protect your respiratory tract of the dry air and the possible infections in the airplane. A silk scarf while sleeping would be of great help.
  • Keep yourself hydrated, eat light.
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks, drugs/medicines and smoke.
  • Avoid polluted and noisy cities.
  • Put the rest of your life on hold and focus on your upcoming adventure.

Take care of your body and mind along the expedition:

  • Move slowly, always. While setting up your tent, while packing and unpacking, while eating and hiking or climbing.
  • Hydrated, Hydrated, Hydrated.
  • Keep drinking. You lose lot of humidity just by breathing the mountain’s dry air.
  • Be honest with yourself.
  • If you not feeling well, rest, go down, try later. Talk to your guide.
  • Keep an eye on yourself.
  • Don’t dismiss any symptoms as something you should not pay attention. Talk to your guide.
  • Eat light, small portions, avoid meat or other sources of protein for dinner.
  • While walking, keep a pace that enables you to breath almost normally, with your mouth closed.
  • While sleeping, keep your head slightly higher than the rest of the body, using a good and comfortable pillow.
  • During the night, keep your head out of the sleeping bag, in order to ensure you are getting enough air.
  • During the night keep partially open the tent’s windows and doors. You want enough air to come in.
  • Make sure you keep your body warm enough at all times. Wear the down jacket as much as you want!
  • Talk to your guide and listen what she or he has to say. All our staff have climbed high mountains most of their lives. They will have tons of useful recommendations to give you.

You could get a printer ready copy of these tips here

If you desire to know more about the science and today’s knowledge behind the acclimatisation process, you could download this Acclimatization Know-How resume we have put together.

Ojos del Salado 6.893m / 22.614ft

Fixed Departures Dates

Season 2016 / 2017

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DEPARTURE ENDING STATUS
Sunday November 6, 2016 Friday November 18, 2016 Open
Sunday November 20, 2016 Friday December 2, 2016 Open
Sunday December 11, 2016 Friday December 23, 2016 Open
Sunday December 25, 2016 Friday January 6, 2017 Guaranteed
Sunday January 15, 2017 Friday January 27, 2017 Open
Sunday January 29, 2017 Friday February 10, 2017 Full
Sunday February 12, 2017 Friday February 24, 2017 Guaranteed
Sunday March 5, 2017 Friday March 17, 2017 Open
Sunday March 19, 2017 Friday March 31, 2017 Open

 

 

For more details, please contact info@chilemontana.com or visit us at Ojos Fixed dates

El Plomo 5.430m / 17.814ft.

Fixed Departures Dates

Season 2016 / 2017

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DEPARTURE ENDING STATUS
Sunday December 4, 2016 Thursday December 8, 2016 Open
Sunday December 11, 2016 Thursday December 15, 2016 Open
Sunday December 18, 2016 Thursday December 22, 2016 Open
Saturday December 24, 2016 Wednesday December 28, 2016 Open
Wednesday December 28, 2016 Sunday January 1, 2017 Open
Sunday January 8, 2017 Thursday January 12, 2017 Open
Sunday January 22, 2017 Thursday January 26, 2017 Open
Sunday February 12, 2017 Thursday February 16, 2017 Open
Sunday February 19, 2017 Thursday February 23, 2017 Open
Sunday February 26, 2017 Thursday March 2, 2017 Open
Sunday March 5, 2017 Thursday March 9, 2017 Open
Sunday March 12, 2017 Thursday March 16, 2017 Open

 

For more details, please contact info@chilemontana.com or visit us at Plomo Fixed Dates

Peaks over 5.000m / 16.400ft Gear List

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Below you find a selection of gear & equipment lists for our

 

ChileMontaña Expeditions to Peaks over 5.00m / 16.400ft.

 

At the end of the page you will be able to download this gear & equipment list.

Please note that these lists are reference lists of available options that will provide you with comfort and safety during the climb of El Plomo. Due to the large variety of fabrics and models in the market and due to the diverse nature of our trips and expeditions, it is impossible to give a more specific list. Therefore, we will have a gear check at the beginning of every ChileMontaña trip in order to ensure that you carry the appropriate equipment for this particular adventure.

However, we hope that these lists will give you a good idea of what to bring when booking our El Plomo Expedition. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you need further information or have doubts regarding this topic.

– T Shirts
– Light Upper Body Shirt
– Heavy Upper Body Shirt
– Fleece Jacket Medium Weight
– Fleece Jacket Expedition Weight
Windstopper/Soft shell Jacket
Down Jacket (e.g. North Face, Nuptse jacket / Rab, Neutrino Endurance / Arcteryx, Cerium LT)
– Underwear
– Light Weight Long Johns
– Heavy Weight Long Johns
– Fleece Pants
– Trekking Pant
– Windstopper/Soft shell Pants
– Shorts
– Light Socks
– Heavy Socks
– Light (inner) Gloves
– Heavy Weight Fleece Gloves
– Mountaineering Gloves (e.g. Black Diamond, Crew Gloves/ OR, Alpine Alibi II)
– Sun Hat
– Wool Cap
– Balaclava
Sleeping Bag Minimum -10ºC (e.g. North Face, Green Kazoo -20ºC / MHW, Q.Shield  / WM, Kodiak -20ºC)
Sleeping Pad or Therm-A-Rest (e.g. Therm A Rest, Ridgerest Solite, Prolite Plus or Luxury Map)
– 30-40 lt. Daypack
Expedition Duffel Bag (e.g. North Face, Base Camp 100lt / Millet , Vertigo 100lt / Mt. Equipment, wet & Dry Kit Bag 100lt)
Trail Shoes
Trekking Boots (e.g. La Sportiva, Light Hiking Shoes / Salomon, Conquest GTX)
Mountaineering Boots (e.g. La Sportiva, Nepla Evo or Core High GTX / Scarpa, Triollet GTX)
– Gaiters
– Headlamp + batteries
– Sunglasses
– Pen Knife & Lighter
– Water Bottles
– Thermos 500cc
– Toiletries & Moisturizing Cream
– Wet Wipes
– Sunblock Cream (face and lips)
– Camera & Film / Binoculars
– Swimming Suit + Towel
– Trekking Poles (telescopic)
Crampons W/ABS (e.g. Grivel, Air Tech / Black Diamond, Neve Pro)
– Optional: Urine bottle

Peaks over 5.000m / 16.400ft gear & equipment download list on you own language:
5.000m / 16.400ft and beyond in ENGLISH
5.000m e altre in ITALIANO
5.000m et au dela dans FRANÇAIS
5.000m und darüber hinaus im DEUTSCH

Peaks over 6.000m / 19.600ft Gear list

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Below you find a selection of gear & equipment lists for our

 

ChileMontaña 6.000m/19.600ft and beyond Expeditions.

 

At the end of the page you will be able to download this gear & equipment list.

Please note that these lists are reference lists of available options that will provide you with comfort and safety during the climb of Ojos. Due to the large variety of fabrics and models in the market and due to the diverse nature of our trips and expeditions, it is impossible to give a more specific list. Therefore, we will have a gear check at the beginning of every ChileMontaña trip in order to ensure that you carry the appropriate equipment for this particular adventure.

However, we hope that these lists will give you a good idea of what to bring when booking our Ojos del Salado Expedition. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you need further information or have doubts regarding this topic.

– T Shirts
– Light Upper Body Shirt
– Heavy Upper Body Shirt
– Fleece Jacket Medium Weight
– Fleece Jacket Expedition Weight
Windstopper/Soft shell Jacket
Down Jacket (e.g. North Face, Himalayan Parka / Rab, Andes Jacket / Mec, Radiator Parka)
– Underwear
– Light Weight Long Johns
– Heavy Weight Long Johns
– Fleece Pants
– Trekking Pant
– Windstopper/Soft shell Pants
– Shorts
– Light Socks
– Heavy Socks
– Light (inner) Gloves
– Heavy Weight Fleece Gloves
– Mountaineering Gloves
Mittens (e.g. North Face, Inferno Himalayan Mitts  / Black Diamond, Mercury Mitts  / Marmot, 8000m Mitts)
– Sun Hat
– Wool Cap
– Balaclava
Sleeping Bag Minimun -20ºC (e.g. North Face, Inferno -40F/-40ºC / MHW, Ghost -40F/-40ºC  / Rab, Expedition 1400)
Sleeping Pad or Therm-A-Rest (e.g. Therm A Rest, Ridgerest Solite, Prolite Plus or Luxury Map)
– 30-40 lt. Daypack
– 70–90 lt. Mountaineering Backpack
Expedition Duffel Bag (e.g. North Face, Base Camp 100lt / Millet , Vertigo 100lt / Mt. Equipment, wet & Dry Kit Bag 100lt)
Trail Shoes
Trekking Shoes (e.g. La Sportiva, Omega GTX / Scarpa, R-Evolution GTX)
Mountaineering Boots (e.g. La Sportiva, Spantik / Scarpa, Phantom)
or if its a dry mountain, with no glaciers or extended snow field, you may opt by….
Mountaineering Boots (e.g. La Sportiva, Nepla Evo or Core High GTX / Scarpa, Triollet GTX)
– Gaiters
– Headlamp + batteries
– Sunglasses
Goggles Lenses (e.g. Smith, I/OS or Scope / Julbo , Bang next)
– Pen Knife & Lighter
– Water Bottles
– Thermo 500cc
– Toiletries & Moisturizing Cream
– Wet Wipes
– Sunblock Cream (face and lips)
– Camera & Film / Binoculars
– Swimming Suit + Towel
– In Town Clothes
– In Town Shoes (ex.Tevas)
– Trekking Poles (telescopic)
Ice Axe (e.g. Black Diamond, Raven / Petzl, Glacier / Grivel G1)
Crampons W/ABS (e.g. Grivel, Air Tech / Black Diamond, Neve Pro)
– Optional: Urine bottle

Peaks over 6.000m / 19.600ft  gear & equipment download list on you own language:
6.000m / 19.600ft and beyond in ENGLISH
6.000m e altre in ITALIANO
6.000m et au dela dans FRANÇAIS
6.000m und darüber hinaus im DEUTSCH

El Plomo 5.430m / 13.172ft Gear List

Below you find a selection of gear & equipment lists for our

 

ChileMontaña El Plomo (5.430m/13.172ft) Expedition.

 

At the end of the page you will be able to download this gear & equipment list.

Please note that these lists are reference lists of available options that will provide you with comfort and safety during the climb of El Plomo. Due to the large variety of fabrics and models in the market and due to the diverse nature of our trips and expeditions, it is impossible to give a more specific list. Therefore, we will have a gear check at the beginning of every ChileMontaña trip in order to ensure that you carry the appropriate equipment for this particular adventure.

However, we hope that these lists will give you a good idea of what to bring when booking our El Plomo Expedition. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you need further information or have doubts regarding this topic.

– T Shirts
– Light Upper Body Shirt
– Heavy Upper Body Shirt
– Fleece Jacket Medium Weight
– Fleece Jacket Expedition Weight
– Windstopper/Soft shell Jacket
Down Jacket (e.g. North Face, Nuptse jacket / Rab, Neutrino Endurance / Arcteryx, Cerium LT)
– Underwear
– Light Weight Long Johns
– Heavy Weight Long Johns
– Fleece Pants
– Trekking Pant
– Windstopper/Soft shell Pants
– Shorts
– Light Socks
– Heavy Socks
– Light (inner) Gloves
– Heavy Weight Fleece Gloves
– Mountaineering Gloves (e.g. Black Diamond, Crew Gloves/ OR, Alpine Alibi II)
– Sun Hat
– Wool Cap
– Balaclava
Sleeping Bag Minimum -10ºC (e.g. North Face, Green Kazoo -20ºC / MHW, Q.Shield  / WM, Kodiak -20ºC)
Sleeping Pad or Therm-A-Rest (e.g. Therm A Rest, Ridgerest Solite, Prolite Plus or Luxury Map)
– 30-40 lt. Daypack
Expedition Duffel Bag (e.g. North Face, Base Camp 100lt / Millet , Vertigo 100lt / Mt. Equipment, wet & Dry Kit Bag 100lt)
– Trail Shoes
Trekking Boots (e.g. La Sportiva, Light Hiking Shoes / Salomon, Conquest GTX)
Mountaineering Boots (e.g. La Sportiva, Nepla Evo or Core High GTX / Scarpa, Triollet GTX)
– Gaiters
– Headlamp + batteries
– Sunglasses
– Pen Knife & Lighter
– Water Bottles
– Thermos 500cc
– Toiletries & Moisturizing Cream
– Wet Wipes
– Sunblock Cream (face and lips)
– Camera & Film / Binoculars
– Swimming Suit + Towel
– Trekking Poles (telescopic)
Crampons W/ABS (e.g. Grivel, Air Tech / Black Diamond, Neve Pro)
– Optional: Urine bottle

5.000m in ENGLISH
5.000m in ITALIANO
5.000m dans FRANÇAIS
5.000m im DEUTSCH

Ojos del Salado 6.893m / 22.614ft Gear List

Below you find a selection of gear & equipment lists for our

 

ChileMontaña Ojos del Salado (6.893m/22.614ft) Expedition.

 

At the end of the page you will be able to download this gear & equipment list.

Please note that these lists are reference lists of available options that will provide you with comfort and safety during the climb of Ojos. Due to the large variety of fabrics and models in the market and due to the diverse nature of our trips and expeditions, it is impossible to give a more specific list. Therefore, we will have a gear check at the beginning of every ChileMontaña trip in order to ensure that you carry the appropriate equipment for this particular adventure.

However, we hope that these lists will give you a good idea of what to bring when booking our Ojos del Salado Expedition. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you need further information or have doubts regarding this topic.

– T Shirts
– Light Upper Body Shirt
– Heavy Upper Body Shirt
– Fleece Jacket Medium Weight
– Fleece Jacket Expedition Weight
– Windstopper/Soft shell Jacket
Down Jacket (e.g. North Face, Himalayan Parka / Rab, Andes Jacket / Mec, Radiator Parka)
– Underwear
– Light Weight Long Johns
– Heavy Weight Long Johns
– Fleece Pants
– Trekking Pant
– Windstopper/Soft shell Pants
– Shorts
– Light Socks
– Heavy Socks
– Light (inner) Gloves
– Heavy Weight Fleece Gloves
– Mountaineering Gloves
Mittens (e.g. North Face, Inferno Himalayan Mitts  / Black Diamond, Mercury Mitts  / Marmot, 8000m Mitts)
– Sun Hat
– Wool Cap
– Balaclava
Sleeping Bag Minimun -20ºC (e.g. North Face, Inferno -40F/-40ºC / MHW, Ghost -40F/-40ºC  / Rab, Expedition 1400)
Sleeping Pad or Therm-A-Rest (e.g. Therm A Rest, Ridgerest Solite, Prolite Plus or Luxury Map)
– 30-40 lt. Daypack
– 70–90 lt. Mountaineering Backpack
Expedition Duffel Bag (e.g. North Face, Base Camp 100lt / Millet , Vertigo 100lt / Mt. Equipment, wet & Dry Kit Bag 100lt)
– Trail Shoes
Trekking Shoes (e.g. La Sportiva, Omega GTX / Scarpa, R-Evolution GTX)
Mountaineering Boots (e.g. La Sportiva, Spantik / Scarpa, Phantom)
– Gaiters
– Headlamp + batteries
– Sunglasses
Goggles Lenses (e.g. Smith, I/OS or Scope / Julbo , Bang next)
– Pen Knife & Lighter
– Water Bottles
– Thermo 500cc
– Toiletries & Moisturizing Cream
– Wet Wipes
– Sunblock Cream (face and lips)
– Camera & Film / Binoculars
– Swimming Suit + Towel
– In Town Clothes
– In Town Shoes (ex.Tevas)
– Trekking Poles (telescopic)
Ice Axe (e.g. Black Diamond, Raven / Petzl, Glacier / Grivel G1)
Crampons W/ABS (e.g. Grivel, Air Tech / Black Diamond, Neve Pro)
Light Harness (e.g. Black Diamond, Alpine Bod / Arcteryx, SL-340)
Locking Carabiners (e.g. Black Diamond, Positron or  VaporLock / Mammut, Wall Micro Locking)
– 2 Small rope 1.5meters by 6mm
– Optional: Urine bottle

Ojos del Salado gear & equipment download list on you own language:
Ojos del Salado in ENGLISH
Ojos del Salado in ITALIANO
Ojos del Salado dans FRANÇAIS
Ojos del Salado im DEUTSCH

Vn San José 5.821m / 19.907ft

Fixed Departures Dates

Season 2016 / 2017

 

  Mountaineering in Chile’s Central Andes

 

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DEPARTURE ENDING STATUS
Sunday December 25, 2016 Friday January 2, 2017 Open
Sunday January 28, 2017 Friday February 5, 2017 Open
Sunday February 25, 2017 Friday March 5, 2017 Open

Arrieros

Aconcagua-Mulas

Arrieros is the local word for cowboys. The arrieros are present in the local culture of the Chilean / Argentinean Andes since the development of the first modern ranches in the early 1800’s. In Argentina, they are called Gauchos and have slightly different cultural patterns and activities.

Thanks to them, we are able to use mules, a breed between horses and donkey, as beasts of burden to transport all the necessary gear to our  base camp. Each mule carry as much as 40-45kg (88-99 pounds). They are especially important for El Plomo and El Aconcagua climbs, where we cannot reach the base camp by 4×4.

Properly load the mules and manage their ride is an art in itself, if not well mastered it may result in a big mess of food inside the containers or, even worst, the loss of part of our equipment.

In el Plomo postcard we observe Romulo, an arriero born and raised in Farellones, the local town. He has been doing this job since his early days in life mixed with winter work at the local ski hills.     

The header photo shows Argentinean Gauchos at work, on the way to Aconcagua BC.