Where the air is thin: Summit attempt in the Cordón de Plata

Photo documentary of my four-day outing to the Cordón de Plata and a summit attempt of Cerro Plata.

Back in early December I attempted to climb the 6000 meter peak known as Cerro Plata, the tallest peak in the Cordón de Plata, which is one of the primary mountain chains in this region of the Andes. I went with a guide, Juan Martín, who is also a parent at Solana and Frances’ school. We began at 2900 meters at a refugio and then spent two more nights acclimatizing a various points on the way up before making a summit attempt. We did not make the summit but it was a good outing, nonetheless.  (I could have used one more night to adjust to the altitude.)

The podcast provides a visual document of our days climbing:  Snow, flowers, scree slopes, ramen, mate, headaches, and acclimatization at 14,000 to 17,000 ft. The springtime flowers were in full bloom and the arid soils of the lower peaks revealed amazing colors. I took numerous photos of this colorful landscape, experimenting with depth of field and framing the figure of my hiking companion within this landscape.  The podcast is largely silent.  Despite numerous sound recordings from the field and attempts to narrate the slideshow, I couldn’t really come up with an interesting angle.  Lacking a more creative and interesting way to add my voice to the mix, I think silence was a safer bet.  (That’s right I couldn’t even come up with humor.  Truth is, humor’s hard!)  The visuals speak for themselves and in some cases I have added some pen strokes to help identify exactly where we were hiking.

Unfortunately, the landscape shots suffer a loss of quality somewhere in iMovie or the Quicktime conversion.  I find Keynote does a much better job of preserving image quality and most of the previous podcasts were done in Keynote.  This podcast uses video and time lapse images, which were easier to edit in iMovie.  However, the downside is the loss of image quality.  If anyone has advice on this matter, I welcome it.

This is the latest of numerous podcasts on the blog.  I know they are time-consuming to view and thus get passed over by many.  However, I like making them.  So there.

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About jdicus

I am a Spanish and social studies teacher on year-long sabbatical in Mendoza, Argentina. Our family consists of myself, wife Jenny Breen, and daughters Solana and Frances. With this blog we endeavor to chronicle our experience living abroad.
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3 Responses to Where the air is thin: Summit attempt in the Cordón de Plata

  1. Bruce Campbell says:

    Awesome. Makes me dizzy just looking at the still images.

  2. trockdan says:

    Packs were too big. Love the vicuña pics.

  3. trockdan says:

    OK, maybe it was guanaco.

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