Up Close To A Distant Dream — Ski Descent Of Cerro Loma Larga


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | November 7, 2016      

Drew Tabke

Cerro Loma Larga and its North Couloir seen near Valle Nevado.

Cerro Loma Larga and its North Couloir seen near Valle Nevado.

On September 10, 2016, Griffin Post and I skied from the summit of Cerro Loma Larga (17,730’) in the Andes Mountains outside of Santiago, Chile. On day one we made an approach from the Rio Yeso Valley to high camp, and on the second day we made the push to the summit via a broad gully on the peak’s north face, before skiing 8,500 vertical feet back to the truck. We are unaware of other ski descents of this summit or route.

The line we climbed and skied was the result of many skiing adventures in Chile over the last ten-plus years. I typically base myself in Farellones, a ski town above Santiago, where one can access El Colorado, La Parva and Valle Nevado ski areas. From various high points above these resorts, an epic view opens up to the south-southeast towards some of the big peaks of the Central Andes, including the north side of the Cajon de Maipo peaks (see this report from Louie).

Loma Larga in particular stands out, with an enormous couloir dropping from between two of the mountain’s distinct high points. After years of obsessing over this distant view, and an unreasonable amount of time researching the peak on maps, a rough plan was in place to attempt to ski this grand mountain feature with my good friend Griffin.

Griff and I met up in Farellones the first week of September and immediately went on a brief-but-intense trip with our Chilean friends, Chopo Diaz, Xabier Azcarate and Sebastian Goñi. A helicopter picked us up in Farellones and dropped us a short, 15-minute flight from town, below the Cerro Altar — Cerro Paloma group of peaks. In the next three days we climbed and skied two lines from around 16,000’. The heli bumped us back out, and with the weather looking good and Griffin and I feeling acclimated to go higher, we immediately prepared to launch our mission towards Cerro Loma Larga.

Our good friend, Soledad Diaz, had just stepped off the airplane from a four-month trip abroad, where she was skiing in Norway and trekking in Nepal. Though she was jetlagged and hadn’t skied for months, she couldn’t resist joining us for the attempt. The three of us packed up a borrowed pickup truck, drove through Santiago for supplies, and headed back into the mountains.

Amazon Fresh is late to the game. Santiago, Chile.

Amazon Fresh is late to the game. Santiago, Chile.

Our initial approach to the peak was a major question mark. Plan A was a circuitous, snowmobile-assisted approach from the Cajon de Maipo side of the mountain. But this was now off the table as rapid recent snowmelt had closed that access point.

In our early planning, we didn’t expect to be able to drive anywhere near the peak during our proposed dates, but a few very warm weeks in August and early September had cleared many mountain roads of snow, including the road around the Yeso Reservoir, a route that gives direct access to Loma Larga’s north side.

Happy to make it past the Yeso Reservoir, we bed down for the night with beautiful views all around.

Happy to make it past the Yeso Reservoir, we bed down for the night with beautiful views all around.

Though we hadn’t been able to confirm that the road past the lake was passable, we decided to take a chance and headed that way. Despite a few white-knuckle sections of rutted, side-angled snow banks above deep blue water, we drove the truck around the lake without incident, and rallied another several miles up the Yeso Valley to within a reasonable foot approach of our objective. We bedded down at the roadside for the night.

The approach day was marvelous. We simply couldn’t believe our luck with timing. A week earlier and we wouldn’t have been able to drive within 15km of our starting point. A week later and we would have lost a substantial amount of snow cover for climbing and skiing. We walked in hiking boots for a mile or two into the initial drainage to access the peak where we made a clean transition to skinning.

Freezing levels were forecasted to go to well above 13,000’ during our two-day window, but a high cloud layer temporarily kept us mercifully sheltered from the scorching Andean sun. The route led us along the foot of the mountain’s NE side. After a few hours we located the access valley in the wall to our right that we’d climb up to eventually (hopefully) arrive at the grand North Couloir, the sight of which had inspired the trip. We climbed the initial few hundred feet into the valley to a sheltered bench and pitched camp.

Anyone who has traveled or skied in Chile knows that the sunsets in that country are some of the best in the world. The Andes ramp up from the Pacific Ocean, forming an enormous west-facing slope that runs north to south for thousands of miles. Though our camp fell quickly into shadow, we had an un-obscured view of Cerro Marmolejo (20,039’), the southernmost 20,000’ peak in the world. The light the setting sun cast against its stupendous west wall was incredible, leaving us speechless with its beauty. Once the display was over, and with the alarm set for 2:30 am, we went to bed, wondering what the unknown route ahead would hold.

Mining Chile's main industry, and the rich minerals of the Andes make their presence seen everywhere.

Mining is Chile’s main industry, and the rich minerals of the Andes make their presence seen everywhere.

Sole preps her pack for the next day while the last rays of sun illuminate Cerro Marmolejo's west wall.

Sole preps her pack for the next day while the last rays of sun illuminate Cerro Marmolejo’s west wall.

We roused ourselves as planned and were moving by 3:15 am. It was a dark, moonless night as we departed camp, but we made fast progress. The snow, though hard-frozen, had just enough texture to allow us to skin continuously past sections we expected would require boot crampons. It was cold and we rarely stopped in the next few hours as we climbed higher towards the starry sky.

We’d planned an early departure because we expected to be slowed by a few transitions between skinning and booting, occasional nighttime route finding up our unfamiliar route, and the increasing altitude. We hoped to arrive at the bottom of the big North Couloir by first light.

Instead, with our rapid progress, when we arrived to the bottom of our intended line, it was still pure, black night. Not wanting to commit to the next section of climbing until we could see the snow and terrain to better assess what was in store, we dug in. We built a small shelter of a snow wall against a cliff, melted water, did jumping jacks and walked around the little plateau to stay warm, staring at the eastern horizon for first light to finally break the hold of the night.

Finally, like someone flipping a switch, a faint pastel azure spread across the horizon. From the great height of our vantage point the light grew quickly, and soon we could make out the snow texture in the couloir ahead. It looked like uniform spring snow for skiing on the right, with runnels and pockmarks good for climbing on the left.

 After waiting out the last dark hours of the night, first light finally illuminates the eastern horizon.

After waiting out the last dark hours of the night, first light finally illuminates the eastern horizon.

However, we were confused by the incredible foreshortening. From the maps and photos, we expected to see a distinct, 3,000-foot-couloir. Instead, due to the subtle convex form of the entire north side of the mountain, we could only see upwards about 1,000’, and it was so wide it didn’t even look like a couloir! Beyond the rollover, the rest of the line remained a mystery. So with a small stash of gear left at our mini shelter and crampons on our feet, we set off.

Griffin makes his way to the North Couloir.

Griffin makes his way to the North Couloir.

Sole climbs higher, the huge peaks around us get lower.

Sole climbs higher, the huge peaks around us get lower.

We climbed up and though the conditions were great, each step became a bit more tiresome with the altitude. After about an hour Sole became exhausted. She wasn’t complaining of any altitude-related symptoms, she was simply too sleepy to continue after travelling home from Nepal. She installed herself in a sheltered area to wait for the lower slopes to soften, and wished Griffin and I well.

Griff and I plodded on. We had climbed to nearly 18,000’ together in Chile once years ago, on Cerro El Plomo, but were not nearly as acclimated that time and paid the price with symptoms of AMS. This time we were feeling good and after a few hours, the rolling, blind terrain finally ceded to a view of the summit ridge. We debated calling it good from the col between the two peaks, but with the snow in seemingly ideal condition, and ample time remaining, we decided to climb higher.

Tabke opening the route to the central summit of Loma Larga. Photo Griffin Post

Tabke opening the route to the central summit of Loma Larga. Photo Griffin Post

While the climbing wasn’t technical, the exposure and great height created a wild feel, and soon we were standing together on Cerro Loma Larga’s central summit. All around us lay the high peaks of the region, Chilean and Argentinean, with the dominant hulk of Aconcagua far to the north. The peaks above Farellones from where I’d first seen the line we now stood on top of were visible as well, appearing to be nearly indistinguishable: tiny bumps and ridges from our privileged perch. We prepared our equipment and clicked into our skis.

Griffin just a few steps from the summit, Cerro Marmolejo behind.

Griffin just a few steps from the summit, Cerro Marmolejo behind.

Griffin's first legitimate ski descent on Dynafits, and  he choose some steeps at 17,700' for the test run.

Griffin’s first legitimate ski descent on Dynafits, and he choose some steeps at 17,700′ for the test run.

Griffin opening it up with a long way to go.

Griffin opening it up with a long way to go.

Skiing off the summit we found wind-compacted powder, unexpectedly superb snow for such height. We linked turns down the very steep, rolling slope. Each turn we trended slightly left, keeping us on the steeps instead of returning to the middle of the gully below.

The terrain was like nothing I’ve experienced before — it was as though the summit structure itself, and then the entire skier’s left side of the grand couloir below, was all a single enormous wind drift. It was like an endless left-hand wave, or a 3,000-foot-long quarter pipe, that gradually rolled over along its downhill fall line, making the slope both convex and concave simultaneously. The snow slowly transitioned from consolidated powder into good spring snow, and we continued along this grandiose slope all the way to the bottom.

Tabke making turns high above other high stuff. Photo Griffin Post

Tabke making turns high above other high stuff. Photo Griffin Post

Arriving to the lower section of the couloir, Griffin finds another interesting snow feature to shralp.

Arriving to the lower section of the couloir, Griffin finds another interesting snow feature to shralp.

We cheerfully regrouped with Sole who was hanging out at the shelter we’d built in the pre-dawn hours. Looking back up to the line was anti-climactic, as the nature of the incredible run we’d just experienced was again hidden behind tricks of scale, convexity and perspective.

Reunited, the team returns to camp.

Reunited, the team returns to camp. Click to enlarge.

The three of us skied together back down the long valley we’d climbed in the night, finding more superb, rolling spring skiing. We collected camp, and with our cumbersome packs continued skiing out to the valley below, able to link snow patches to within a quarter-mile of the truck, 8,500’ below where we’d tipped in off the summit a couple hours before. We reached the truck, pulled off the boots with a sigh of relief, and headed back down towards Santiago with visions of returning to this incredible group of mountains already taking shape in our minds.

(WildSnow guest blogger Drew Tabke, 32, was born, raised, and made a skier in Utah. He now lives in Seattle, skiing at Crystal Mountain and in the greater Cascade Range. He is a competitor on the Freeride World Tour, ski guides independently in Chile, and guides with H20 in Valdez, Alaska. His industry partners include Eddie Bauer, Giro, Panda Poles and Praxis Skis. He is most interested in moderate corn skiing during sunset followed by a quality cocktail, though occasionally he enjoys deep powder and steep terrain.)

After picking up camp, Sole continues the long descent, technique still perfect despite the big pack.

After picking up camp, Sole continues the long descent, technique still perfect despite the big pack.

Being the month of Chilean Independence Day, the boys brought a chupaya, a traditional chilean cowboy hat, to the top.

Being the month of Chilean Independence Day, the boys brought a chupaya, a traditional chilean cowboy hat, to the top.

Coordinates of the central summit of Cerro Loma Larga: 33°41’14.6″S 69°59’17.7″W



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30 Responses to “Up Close To A Distant Dream — Ski Descent Of Cerro Loma Larga”

  1. noah Howell November 7th, 2016 7:44 am

    Guess I’ll be the first to comment on this……

    Coger si!

  2. Lou Dawson 2 November 7th, 2016 7:53 am

    Winner post! Thanks Drew!

  3. jay November 7th, 2016 8:48 am

    Sweet trip. nice write up too.

  4. Drew Tabke November 7th, 2016 9:13 am

    Noah, you would have liked it I think.

    And thanks for the chance to contribute, Lou (and Lisa)! Happy to break past the level of “sarcastic commenter” to “guest blogger.” But no promises on giving up the former 😉

  5. Lisa Dawson November 7th, 2016 9:21 am

    Hahah, those sarcastic comments keep us on our toes. BTW, what’s your recommendation for the après sunset ski quality cocktail? Lou’s hot buttered rum has always been on the top of my list but it’s good to have options.

  6. Lee November 7th, 2016 9:29 am

    Wow, thanks for sharing your adventure. What a memory you carry now.

  7. Jeff Campbell November 7th, 2016 9:57 am

    Quite the adventure Drew! Bien hecho!

  8. Drew Tabke November 7th, 2016 9:58 am

    Lisa, my friends and I have a strong affinity for the Negroni (Campari + gin + vermouth). Not everyone likes the taste of Campari, or such a strong drink, but I associate the unique red aperitif with that unequaled Italian joy of living. If its too cold for an icy cocktail, and you also want some calories, the Bombardino (egg liqueur + brandy + whip cream) carries the same spirit of Italy, with a lot more warmth and sustenance.

  9. Alex November 7th, 2016 10:09 am

    Right on Drew! Super fantastic expansion of the TR!

  10. Lisa Dawson November 7th, 2016 10:22 am

    Can’t beat those Italians. Thanks Drew!

  11. Rich November 7th, 2016 11:39 am

    Lou,
    Sorry to harp on about this but I just fail to see how we as skiers who watch glaciers retreat , snow lines rise and profess to be environmentally conscious can justify flying to ski the world when we are all perfectly aware of the massive carbon footprint aviation produces. If we really want our future generations to enjoy the winters as we do then it’s high time we make sacrifices that actually matter. Surely not skiing in our summer, forgoing a heli ski trip or reducing flying to what’s absolutely neccassary is little to ask if it means our kids kids can also enjoy the beauty that a winter provides.

  12. Lou Dawson 2 November 7th, 2016 11:51 am

    Rich, at what level do you think one can live ethically? That’s the problem, there is no easy answer. Perhaps someone like Drew does many other things in their life that result in less carbon, or perhaps he’s worthy of his carbon due to his inspirational athleticism that the rest of us can get much from. Or consider Lisa and myself, I’ve never heli skied, but I fly across the ocean once a year, yet spend many nights in our off-grid solar powered cabin… and we live in a town where we don’t even drive our cars some days.

    But I’d never beat my chest, as simply existing in a civilized country such as China or the U.S., has a carbon footprint.

    In any case, there is no “absolutely necessary” level of living re carbon footprint. In my opinion, what’s needed is climate engineering and adaptation.

    Individuals choosing to not fly in an airplane will make zero difference.

    Feel free to keep harping, good to discus. On the other hand, how much negativity and pessimism would you like to carry around with you? The mental and physical health detriments of doing so might far outweigh any effects global warming will have on you, or your future generations.

    Lou

  13. ptor November 7th, 2016 12:43 pm

    Niiiiiiiiiice.

  14. Drew Tabke November 7th, 2016 1:27 pm

    Rich’s point is very important, one I’ve been thinking a lot about considering my career as a skier and lifestyle choices. He’s right that myself and many of us doing this stuff need to rethink how we undertake the activities we love. I think in this case, in defense of the carbon footprint of recreation, it is important to consider the case of the Alto Maipo hydroelectric installation. This thing is just on the other side of the mountain we skied (literally at the foot of the peak Louie skied in the linked blog post). It’s a project that will put three rivers in tunnels for generating electricity, most of which will go to regional mining operations. This project is going to ruin one of the most important rivers bringing water to Santiago, establishes an industrial site in a pristine glaciated mountain environment, and furthers the highly destructive mining industry. One of, if not the most vocal groups opposing this and other similar projects in the Andes are the climbers, kayakers and skiers who are involved in the “No Alto Maipo” movement. I would argue that without the privileged and unique perspective that practitioners of mountain sports have, there simply wouldn’t be sufficient eyes on, and noise in opposition to, the first-hand destruction of fragile natural environments by the forces of big industry.

  15. Drew Tabke November 7th, 2016 2:52 pm

    Another detail on the conservation v. recreation point readers might find interesting: I mentioned in this post that we did a heli-assisted trip to Cerro Paloma around the same time. I won’t argue that our trip was, or was not justifiable. But just to add perspective, on the back of Cerro Paloma is one of the largest open pit copper mines in the world. Mina La Andina. It works 24/7/365, is located above 4,000m, literally cuts through area glaciers, and compromises a substantial amount of Santiago’s drinking water. Beyond employees of the mine itself, virutally no one but heli skiers and mountaineers ever set eyes on the thing, and after you’ve climbed a pristine, glaciated peak to nearly 5,000m and look off the back and see it, its one hell of a sight. The main green building near the center is over ten stories tall.

    http://tinyurl.com/oxvpfl7

  16. Louie III November 7th, 2016 6:26 pm

    AWESOME! 8,500 feet, that’s a big run. Is that skinny coulior in the first pic the broad one you skied? That thing must be massive to make that coulior look so skinny. Those mountains are pretty cool.

  17. See November 7th, 2016 7:29 pm

    Drew, great post. And I’m inspired to do what I can to preserve that sort of awesome terrain.

    And Lou, if “what’s needed is climate engineering and adaptation,” it sounds like you don’t favor reducing carbon emissions, but would prefer pumping massive amounts of crap into the atmosphere (or some other unproven and potentially disastrous technology) and abandoning low lying areas. If so, I disagree (to put it mildly).

  18. See November 7th, 2016 8:09 pm

    Actually, I don’t doubt we will have to adapt to sea level rise, etc.. I just think it is highly counterproductive to wave the white flag on alternative energy/reducing emissions.

  19. Drew Tabke November 7th, 2016 10:30 pm

    Louie, yup. Skinny (looking) line on the high point of the first photo.

  20. BilyB November 8th, 2016 12:25 am

    to Lou Dawson: Am I hearing a convoluted way of saying you aren’t really going to do anything. Enjoy the mental and physical pluses of not concerning your self. Of course existing in civilized society has a carbon footprint …. no need to make it larger.

    to Drew: How are you going to rethink the ways in which you undertake your activities?? any thoughts on it yet? You seen the great sights… doing anything to protect them?

  21. Susie Amann November 8th, 2016 1:47 am

    On the carbon footprint aspect, the UK based Eagle Ski Club which has 1300 members and runs around 70 ski touring/mountaineering trips a year tackled it by encouraging everyone to take the lowest impact transport ( car sharing or rail in Europe), and for each trip to roughly work out the impact and then offset it by making a donation to a project we identified in Cochabamba, Bolivia. This is monitored by the club’s climate care group so that at least we feel we are making some efforts.

    Personally, I am trying to ski more with less travel, so go for one 2 week trip rather than 2 x 1 week trips as an example.

  22. Lou Dawson 2 November 8th, 2016 5:53 am

    Bily and all, I don’t appreciate the thread drift concerning global warming. We have plenty of news roundup and other posts where discussing it would be more polite to other readers, rather than hijacking Drew’s excellent adventure travel writing.

    As for me, personally, I’m not going to get into the weird moralistic trench of trying to present a scorecard of how green I am, or not. And yes, I’m of the opinion that while doing what is economically feasible for an individual is fine and can make you feel good, doing so does absolutely nothing to change the pace and severity of global warming. That’s too bad, but reality bites. In my opinion, the only solution is climate engineering. We accidentally engineered our way into this, now we need to engineer our way out. Again, that’s just an opinion, please don’t hijack this thread, instead, see following…

    As for my own opinions, I attempted to lay them out here.
    https://www.wildsnow.com/602/wildsnow-environmental-manifesto/

    Feel free to lay comments on that post.

    Lou

  23. See November 8th, 2016 6:37 am

    Ok, drifting back to Chile… I’m interested if you (Drew) have noticed any changes in the conditions over the 10 or so years you’ve been visiting the region. I’ve never been to South America, but those conditions look pretty springlike to me for, what, 3 months past the solstice? (Again, thanks for the excellent piece.)

  24. Max November 8th, 2016 5:57 pm

    Great trip! Cajón is always full of surprises (and powder even in the spring!)

    Relating to the AltoMaipo Hydro proyect, one has to separate facts from fiction. What is true, the proyect is destroying vital ecosystems in the Maipo Valley, which will probably never recover completely, as well as important glaciated areas.

    What is not entirely true is the fact the electricity generated is going straight to mining – the laws governing electric generation. transmission and distribution force all proyects to join the power grid and act under the mandate of the CDEC (the brain center), which commands which plants to operate for the whole grid at certain times, always starting from the cheapest to the most expensive (i.e hidro to oil).

    Secondly, given the nature of the environmental permits granted, the proyect is only allowed to extract a certain flow of water from the various streams feeding the maipo river.

    I agree that Chile needs to transition from extractive primary activities to other cleaner industry – but that is completely unrelated to AltoMaipo (which is probably a lesser evil than coal or oil plants). Fortunately, our energy sector has already taken a wise step favouring renewable energy sources – in the last public bid, clean energy was the clear winner (2/3 of the bid), and prices have dropped from 129 USD per MWh to 47!!!

    Probably the most important moral question relates to access. Since Altomaipo, never has access to the valleys deep in the Cajon area ever been so good during the winter months, opening a large touring posiblities previously accesible via heli or a long slog.

    I don´t intend to defend AltoMaipo – I personally believe it is not a good proyect for the Maipo Area or for the country as a whole. However, the No AltoMaipo advocates have failed to even take the project seriously, and seem to not comprehend the complex nature of the regulation of Public Utilities such as energy.

    I apologize for the long and boring comment, but i feel that putting all the facts on the table is probably the best way to have an honest debate.

  25. Paddy Mc November 8th, 2016 7:01 pm

    Lou, I couldn’t disagree with you more about “thread drift” and this not being an appropriate thread in which to address climate change. It’s a trip report literally on the other side of the world. A trip report with a big ‘ol winter-affecting climate footprint.
    What it sounds like to me, is that you and Drew are taking totally different approaches to the problem. His comment makes it sound like he’s thinking hard about about how he can keep doing rad, inspiring missions like this one while making a smaller personal impact on the winters we love. Where as, your solution is to hope for a magic bullet without changing your own impact. Maybe it’s too late, we’re all screwed, and our small, personal changes won’t do anything. But I’d feel pretty lame if I didn’t even try.
    Also the idea that climate change is something we’ve “accidentally” engineered our way into is silly. We’ve been aware that we were having a climatological effect for 30 years, and have made a very real “choice” in the first world (major carbon emitters) to do nothing. A specific, largely political choice, driven by greed rather than science. This choice to put our heads in the sand, rather than make small changes starting way back then, has left us with no choice but to make big changes now. Or we can just keep on doing basically nothing, and we can tell our grandkids about this cool thing called “skiing” we used to do.

    Also, Drew, that was a RAD trip report, and has me desperate to put P-Tex to snow. You write as well as you ski, and I can’t wait to read about your next mission!

  26. Greg Louie November 10th, 2016 10:04 am

    Thanks for the writeup, Drew. Plus 1 on the Negronis, too.

  27. Drew Tabke November 10th, 2016 9:44 pm

    @max I appreciate the detailed response. I disagree with a few of your points: I may have been over-simplifying by saying that Alto Maipo’s output just goes to the mines. But you’re making it sound like a public utility. Actually it’s a partnership between the owner of one of the worlds largest copper mines and AES Gener. Or it was, until the mine recently began to divest based on issues with the project.

    Yes, the hidroelectric plant has to return water to the rivers, but there haven’t been sufficient environment/safety assurances made to populations (7 million+ people) downstream.

    As far as public access; the plant did open a road a few Km higher into the Arenas Valley than was previously habilitated. But there’s now a gate to a valley that was once free, with the operator restricting public access to these areas. And I think it’s likely access would have closed completely if not for resistance from No Alto Maipo and other opposition.

  28. Max November 11th, 2016 4:43 am

    Drew, thanks your input. You are totally correct on your first point – AES Gener and A. Luksic are indeed partners on this deal. This last fellow, as you may well know, is part of the newer generation of high level businessman which push their luck in the mountains (rumour has it he was short roped to the top of everest in 2004). Over the past few months he has shown regret for investing in such a project due to the 20-25% rise in costs – it would seem his mountaneering spirit is pretty much gone.

    However, the electric regulation in Chile allows for private generation of energy, so long as they all connect to the grid and follow the directives of the CDEC at all times, even if this means not complying with their contractual obligations to their clients (which as opposed to you or me, can freely negociate prices). This is the way the Chilean legislator tried to solve the conflicts regarding electricity as a public utility (i guess i was not too clear on that point).

    With regards to the lack of trust in environmental permits, i would say Chile is behind in terms of environmental law, but we do have a pretty strong institutionality and the rule of law is pretty much consolidated here (as opposed to say, Argentina where literally evereything is for sale, no offense intended). In fact, not only do we have an independent agency (the Superindentencia), now we have specialized jurisdiction with environmental courts. Just recently, a bill was passed in congress creating in rem conservation rights (sorry for the legal technicalities).

    In relation to access to Las Arenas, it is interesting to note that in fact, it is not the proyect which controls the gate, but the owners of the land which have pushed for this restriction – i can´t really blame them given the amount of garbage most tourists leave behind (a very cultural problem here). However, it is true that opposition to the proyect was probably the most important driving force in incorporating access to the Valley as an obligation in the permit (you can all check the DIA and RCA on the website of the Superintendencia or in the SEIA).

  29. See November 15th, 2016 10:51 am

    As a Californian, I thought some of those conditions looked vaguely familiar. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-drought-idUSKBN0MK2HJ20150324

  30. Ardinista November 22nd, 2016 12:40 pm

    No solo es meritorio en descenso en ski, al parecer es el tercer ascenso de la ruta. Felicitaciones





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