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.
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
Although we spend the night in a shelter, temperatures can drop considerably below 0 degrees during the day. It is very important to have the right equipment and that it is of quality.
Also, protect yourself a lot from the sun with a hat-cap, neckerchiefs, sunscreen and category 4 mountain glasses.
The sleeping bag does not need to be too warm but also not too simple. The duvet material-goose down are the best, but the synthetic ones today also have modern materials and high performance. You can rent a sleeping bag with us.
By flight or long distance bus to Mendoza City.
In general, these are very heterogeneous groups (all kinds of people). Varied ages and sexes, people traveling alone, accompanied by a friend, couples, families, etc.
In a mountain shelter, shared rooms within the group, in beds + sleeping bag.
It is not decisive that you are an updated athlete and that you train 4 times a week. But it is important that you know that the better you are physically, it will always be better. The idea of ??these adventures is that you can enjoy it and not suffer it. If you don't usually train, go for a run, bike or other aerobic activity, we recommend that you attend one of our weekly training classes associated with mountain activities. And if you start by going for a walk with a backpack loaded with no less than 8 kilograms and doing several kilometers per week and also going up and down stairs or slopes in series of 20 uninterrupted minutes.
From 16 years of age with authorization or accompaniment of an adult.
Not too much, we carry out the activities and walks to and from the shelter. 5 kg maximum.
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
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.
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
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.
0% + sea level.
20% Up to 2000 masl.
40% + 2000 masl.
60% + 4000 masl.
80% + 5000 masl.
100% + 6000 masl.
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