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Africa, Punta Marherita, Ruwenzori

Punta Margherita, Ruwenzori. The first ascent of the west face of the Punta Margherita, the highest summit of the Ruwenzori group, was made by the 73-year-old Piero Ghiglione and three other Italians (ethnologist Giorgio Gualco, cameraman Giorgio Brigatta, and guide Ernesto Franchez) on March 25, 1956. The difficult, extremely steep ice face below the 16,923-foot summit is 2000 feet high. Our French member, Bernard Pierre, in 1956, also reached the summit of this peak as well as the Punta Alberto.