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South America, Chile, Cerro Tronco

Cerro Tronco. Two members of the Club Alemán de Excurcionismo in February made the first ascent of the Cerro Tronco (18,080 feet on some maps and 18,373 feet on others), which lies on the Argentine border east-northeast of Santiago. To accomplish this climb they had to traverse from the Cerro Risopatrón (18,872 feet). The Cerro Tronco, which had been one of the few yet unclimbed peaks over 5000 meters in Central Chile, had been unsuccessfully attempted at least four times.

Evelio Echevarría