First Winter Climb and First Ski Descent of Patagonia’s Cerro Pinuer

The first documented ski descent of Patagonia’s Cerro Pinuer is in the books.

Raimundo De Andraca, Javier Galleani, and Nicolas Valderrama, three young Chilean mountain guides-in-training, made the third-ever ascent of 2,300m Cerro Pinuer. It was also the first winter climb. Then they skied down.

Pinuer is located in the remote Valle Exploradores. It did not see its first ascent until just three years ago, by alpinists Javier Galleani Calderon and Luis Torres.

first winter trek up the cerro pinuer

The first winter climb of Cerro Pinuer. Photo: Raimundo De Andraca


The eastern slope from the summit of Cerro Pinuer offered the skiers stable conditions for their 1,200m descent, which following a vertical ramp on the east face of the mountain.

A full gallery of the mountaineers’ adventure is available through their various social accounts: @raideandraca, @javiergalleani, and @andes.che.

Raimundo De Andraca, Javier Galleani, Nicolas Valderrama.

Raimundo De Andraca, Javier Galleani, Nicolas Valderrama. Photo: Raimundo De Andraca

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing. In 2020, Jilli left her corporate position to pursue an outdoor-oriented life. She now works as a contributor, an editor, and a gear tester for ExplorersWeb and various other outlets within the AllGear network. She is based out of Austin, Texas where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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