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South America, Argentina, Cerro Marconi and Peaks North of Lake Argentino, Patagonia

Cerro Marconi and peaks north of Lake Argentino, Patagonia. An expedition of the Centre Andino Buenos Aires led by Carlos Comesaña climbed Cerro Marconi, which lies just to the west of FitzRoy, and several needles of the Tunel valley. Also in January and February of 1966, the Skvarca brothers were active in the region north of Lago Argentino. They failed to climb Pico Norte, which was continually threatened by avalanches. During this attempt Jure Skvarca made the ascent of Pico Mesa Chico, a rather difficult climb. After this try, on the advice of Masters, owners of the Cristina ranch, Peter and Jure Skvarca with Guzzi Mengelle headed for the Onelli arm of Lago Argentino. From there they gained the Southern Continental Icecap and climbed six peaks of nearly 10,000 feet. Three are named on Lliboutry’s maps: Cerro Belado, Cerro Agassiz (9646 feet), and Cerro Bertrand (10,400 feet). The other three will be named Kennedy, Masters and Tomek (the last for Tomaz Kralj who disappeared in a storm on el Tronador on January 18, 1966).

Vojslav Arko, Club Andino Bariloche