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21 September 2011: Cerro La Campana, 1880m Walk Chile, September 2011
19 September 2011: Llaima, 3125m Skiing Chile, September 2011
17 September 2011: Villarrica, 2847m Skiing Chile, September 2011
14 September 2011: Volcan Osorno, 2662m Skiing Chile, September 2011
12 September 2011: Lonquimay, 2865m Skiing Chile, September 2011
10 September 2011: Volcan Antuco, 2985m Skiing Chile, September 2011
07 September 2011: Nevados de Chillan, 3212m Skiing Chile, September 2011

Yesterday went OK, so we went for a longer trip today to the Nevados de Chillan.  We used the lift again to gain a significant advantage, and set off on the long approach to the Nevados de Chillan.  Theres a bit of up and down to be done to get to the base of the volcano.  None of it big, but enough to absorb some time.  I got the line pretty good until we went a bit high going round the nose of one of the ridges, and had to go down a bit, and then found ourselves on icy ground that Helen had a little slide on.  A short stomp across a bare bit of ridge, and we were onto good snow again.  As we climbed up the shallow gully, 2 figures appeared around the bare ridge .  It was Claire again, this time with 'Panchi' from Chile!



As we got onto the summit plateau, the mist came in, but I was determined not to get to the top now.  Having used the GPS to mark our position and taken an approximate bearing to the top, we went for it.  As it happened, there were a couple of clearings in the mist, and it did clear up altogether at the top.  Claire and Panchi were doing a round trip, heading down into the Shangri-La valley (yes, it really is called that), which looked like an adventure, but the thought of trying to get the car back from the resort put us off, so we headed back the way we came, leaving them to it.  Our way back was a lot quicker than the outbound journey, but it was still a long day, with the sun setting as we descended the pistes in the resort.  We were a bit tired that night!  We were due to move on the following day, but as the weather was forecast to break, we didn't mind at all as we had 3 great days!

Volcan Nevados de Chillan.
Helen leaving the ski area, with Volcan Antuco and Sierra Velluda in the background.
A close up of Antuco (on the left) and Sierra Velluda (on the right).
Helen approaching one of the short descents, with our previous days summit (Volcan Chillan Nuevo) in the background.
Getting onto unpleasant icy ground.
Helen higher up on better snow.
Me heading for the main summit (about 300m above us still).
Helen skirting the crater below the main summit.
Claire and Panchi catching us up.
Claire and Panchi carrying their skis for the short steep section on sastrugi.
Getting to the top of the sastrugi section.
'So, should we put our skis back on now?'
'Are you sure it's not too steep?'
We finally made it to the top as the cloud cleared.
Claire and Panchi.
Quite handy when there is someone else around to take pictures!
Leaving the summit.
Claire and Panchi on the way down.
Helen above the sastrugi section.
Panchi and Claire.
Panchi and Claire.
Claire above the crater.
Panchi above the crater.
Claire opening it up a bit on better snow.
Claire and Panchi head for Shangri-La, while...
...we take the short walk across volcanic ball bearings to get back to our ascent route.
Helen happy with the good angle of descent, allowing us to cover the distance fast.
The top of Volcan Chillan Nuevo just peaking above the cloud.
With the sun setting, the slopes were a nice colour as we descended through the resort.
06 September 2011: Volcan Chillan Nuevo, 3186m Skiing Chile, September 2011
05 September 2011: Termas de Chillan, Chile Skiing Chile, September 2011
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