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South America, Peru, Verónica Group, Cordillera Vilcabamba

Verónica Group, Cordillera Vilcabamba. An Argentine expedition of the Club Andino Tucumana headed by Orlando Bravo ascended two peaks in the Verónica group in the Cordillera Vilcabamba. On January 27, 1960, from a 16,000-foot camp above the head of the Río Huaytambo, Bravo and Jorge Schweimer reached a 19,000-foot col, which lies in the main chain about two miles west of the Nevado Padre Eterno. They traversed the main crest for some two miles and ascended two peaks which rise to nearly 6000 meters (19,685 feet). It is not surprising that the weather was very unfavorable, the expedition being undertaken in the worst of the rainy season.

Corrections. We regret the inclusion of a few errors in the 1959 Journal. The peak mentioned on page 180 should have been spelled "Tulparaju" throughout. On page 183 Irene Ortenburger was incorrectly credited with the highest ascent made by a woman in the Western Hemisphere. Actually Adriana Bance de Link climbed higher when she reached the summit of Aconcagua in 1940 and in 1944; she died during the descent after second ascent. María Canals Frau also made the same ascent but perished on the descent. Jatunmontepuncu was mentioned on page 322 as a first ascent. This is apparently not the case since it was first ascended in 1947 by Ali Szepessy-Schaurek of the Swiss expedition ; this peak’s name was spelled at that time without the initial "J."