This April I came back to the same mountain pass of last October trek (see the report), but this time i was aiming for the summit, with 15,541 feet, the Piedras Blancas peak is the highest of La Culata mountain range.
Day 1 - Valley Mifafi to Base Camp: starting at the Mifafi Condor reserve, we passed through the beautiful valley of the same name and soon we were at "El Domo", a majestic mountain that stands in the way. A light drizzle accompanied us throughout the morning.
The weather improved a lot for the afternoon, allowing us to enjoy clear views of nearby peaks.
Finally, we arrived at base camp, ate dinner and rest during the night.
Piedras Blancas peak can be seen at the top right.
Day 2 - Piedras Blancas: it started raining very early so we wait for the weather to improve a bit and began the steep and narrow path to the summit. We took a break as well a some snacks on a beautiful lake near our goal at 15,000 feet, but soon, it started to rain again and everything got covered in mist.
The final steps to approach any peak are somewhat difficult, so it is best done in dry conditions with good visibility, therefore, I considered that it was better to descend back to camp.
Not a good day to reach the summit.
Day 3 - return: the weather worsened, lots of rain and cold below 30F, soon it turned into hail and light snow. A good opportunity to test my gear! and I must say that it performed very well!
I think that the enjoyment is in every step of the trail, each view ... having a goal, a summit, only adds up to the experience, however, the simple fact of being several days walking in places like these is what drives me.
Here you can check my gear list, and the video.