Chile Region Araucanias Malalcahuello
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This was a bit of a bonus peak for us on this trip. After skiing Volcán Antuco earlier in the trip, we came to the Malalcahuello valley to ski Lonquimay. One day we went on a little recon mission to look at Sierra Nevada, which is a smaller, more remote peak than the trophies that surround it. It took us a while to sort out the access, so we had a late start, but we still managed to get in some great skiing. But we didn't attempt the summit, so it went on the list of things to come back to.
After tagging the summits of a few peaks further to the south, we needed to get back to Santiago for Mitch to catch a plane. We decided to break up the trip by returning to Sierra Nevada.
Sierra Nevada is a short peak, but the tour starts low in the valley and follows a LONG ridge all the way to the summit. The skiing isn't as continuous as some of the other peaks we skied, but the view may be the best. From the summit we were surrounded by two weeks of accomplishments. A rewarding experience for sure.
While this mountain is not as dramatic as its neighbors, it provides a sense of solitude in a pristine environment. To walk and ski through an Araucania forest is an experience that I will never forget. To have eight hours in the mountains without seeing the presence of another person is a highlight of the season.