• Cerro Catedral
  • 5295 m
  • Primary factor 270 m (estimate)
  • Location: Near Base Camp, Aconcagua
  • Location: South 32.38.723, West 70.05.074 (GPS at the summit)
  • Difficulty: YDS class 2+
  • Climbed January 31. 2002.


How to get there: The coordinates for the summit is South 32.38.723, West 70.05.074, this is my GPS measurement at the summit. The starting point for this climb is Base Camp, Aconcagua, Plaza de Mulas. See Aconcagua for more details.
Route description: Start out from the Hotel along the trail towards the pointed peak Cerro Bonete. Follow this trail until the first large snow field extending up on Catedral to the right. (There is a second snow field further in the valley, this is supposed to be somewhat steeper, but leads all the way to the summit.) This snow field is climbed to the ridge connecting the forward (lower) summit with the higher summit behind. From slightly below this ridge, go left and climb steeper snow around (on the left) a cliff, this snow had a field of Penitentes below on the left. More moderate snow now leads to a section of rock. Climb this rock, first in a gully full of loose material, higher up there is scree and easier ground. This climb leads to a new ridge heading up and to the right. This is the edge of the larger snow field mentioned above. The route now follows this ridge and climbs a bit steeper snow onto what appears to be a snow covered, rounded summit. However, this is not the summit. As soon as one reaches this top, one can see the much more gentle climb that leads to the true summit. The best route is to walk near the cliffs on the right, thus avoiding the deeper snow. The route is class 3, using the YDS scale.
Comments: My son, Tor Erling, came along to the col between the forward summit (facing Base Camp) and the higher ridge behind. He had severe problems with snowballing crampons on the large snow slope leading to the ridge.
The view of Aconcagua, Plaza de Mulas, the glaciers and Cuerno is very good. In the opposite direction one sees the valleys and lower mountains rolling towards the coast of Chile.