Epic Volcano Adventure! I spent a fantastic day ski mountaineering on volcano Quetrupillán with Point South.
Having done most of my skiing in the Alps, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I definitely wasn’t expecting an active volcano to change my plans but an amber alert forced a change of my plan to climb Villarrica. Gonzalo met with me to discuss and plan an alternative adventure. There were several alternatives to choose from and he was very flexible to my aims and happy to discuss the options so I could have the most amazing day of my trip. We decided Quetrupillán should be the objective and I was not disappointed!
Gonzalo drove myself and Uber (my guide for the day) to the base of the volcano at 5am so we could ski through the forest as the sun came up. We reached the top of the trees and were rewarded with glorious views. Being ahead of other groups ascending that day, we had the whole mountain to ourselves for our second breakfast! Fuelled by sunshine and chocolate, we headed on up the slopes which were now gradually increasing in steepness. The wind picked up and made the last few hundred metres of ascent quite exciting as I attempted to balance in the strong breeze! The summit afforded great views of the other volcanoes in the area and the isolation was amazing, we were all alone as we put on warm layers and removed the skins from our skis.
The descent was fabulous, by now the snow had thawed and become lovely powder as we made fresh tracks down the side of the volcano. The terrain was varied with steep wide slopes, gullies and the forest to contend with!
Seven and a half hours later, we were back in the lower forest, picking our way between the trees and heading for the car and a much needed beer!
Point South made this adventure so much more than just a day in the hills, Gonzalo’s planning was excellent, he remained in touch with us by radio through the day and was waiting with beer and snacks at the end. Uber was a great guide and knew just how much to challenge me without pushing me into situations I wasn’t ready for!
I may not have summitted my original objective but I think this adventure was even better! The remoteness and solitude of Quetrupillán has grabbed my attention and I will return for more off-piste volcano adventures with Point South soon!
Thank you Gonzalo and Uber for an amazing experience. I highly recommend Point South for ski mountaineering in Pucón!