Completed a trip to the Valle de Colorado about 80 miles north of Aconcagua about two weeks ago. Added a page or two to my site about the trip. Our group of three wanted to do something in the high Andes but without the traffic of Aconcagua. We found exactly that in the Valle, ten days without another climber, a two day approach, a multiple day climb, a 6400 meter summit, a couple of feet of snow for the summit day instead of a scree track, an earthquake, some ice climbing, some hiking, good mate, all combined for a very good time.
The whole of the report can be found at
I'll give fair warning that the link will take you to the intro page of a 30 page report. My usual narrative and photos plus google maps of the approach and climb routes, pages on logistics, etc. My apology up front if you are not a fan of treatises, I'm a habitual writer and its tough to boil 17 days into a page or two.
Out of respect to Bill's red text at the top of the trip report insertion page, I'm posting some of the best photos for a quick look see.
The Ramada Range from miles away
Some typical approach scenery
Headed for 15k camp
Clouds from the west mean weather enroute
Weather that usually lasts 2 days - 17k
Final steps to the top
A day of play on the Italian Glacier
Sunny day = lots of melt
Kind of a pretty place