I decided to take a 5 night side trip in th emountains while i wait for Steve to arrives as i finished well ahead of my origional schedule .
I went camping at 4200 m in the Cordon del Plata ( cord of silver) mountains .
Litlle did i know that the weather was going to turn and even th elocals were very suprised at the sudden storm that brought hail , snow and rain .
I stuck it out at camp Salto ( 4200 m ) and on the second last day with a a clear sky but a few inches of snow on the ground i trekke dup to camp hoyyado ( 4600 m ) with 4 others who had stuck it out at Salto .
Nestor , Lucas and there freind were going to try fopr peak vallecitos (5300 m) , richard ( no me ) was going to see if he could get to 5000 m and i was just going to tag along until at least hoyyado .
At hoyyado i decided to turn back as i was th eonly one wearing new ballance running shoes with home made wire crampons and i thought my toes were going to fall off .
Richard offerred to come down with me but i said i would go it alone and my crampons worked like a charm . ( they eventually fell to pieces th enext morning but had served there purpose.
below are a few photos with captions .
|Nestor examining my tent at first camp ( las vegas) at 3200 meters|
|thats where i am heading|
|A cross at Piedre grande ( big stones) at 3600 m|
|nice a misty at Piedre Grande|
|My tent in the foreground and the other Richard whom i met on th emountain in the back ground|
|not so cloudy|
|Arrival at Camp Salta 4200 m|
|weather looks like it might turn , i dunno i am not a expert .|
|and turn it did , wind , hail , snow and rain all in one night , this was the paterrn for the three nights at salto|
|My home made crampons that would get me to hoyyado at 4600 m|
|every body who was in camp salta including a priest , straight after this picture they all descend except fotr 5 of us|
|more crampons , the guys in camp loved them .|
|At camp hoyyado 4600 m|
|me in my proffesional mountain gear .|
|Sh....t my toes are cold ...brrrrrr|
|what a view|