American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

South America, Argentina, Bécquer, Cordón del Portillo

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  • Publication Year: 1967

Bécquer, Cordón del Portillo. Andrés García, Jorge Marios and Miguel Abrego made the first ascent of Bécquer (16,400 feet) in early 1966.

Cordón Cochrane, Patagonia. Chilean university students, Eduardo García, leader, Erling Villalobos and I, explored in seven days the valleys of Jaramillo and Año Nuevo from the Patagonian village of Cochrane. The second and mountaineering part of our expedition had as goal the two fine rock towers of the Cochrane Chain, near San Lorenzo, the second highest mountain in Patagonia. It took us five days to place Camp II on the glacier and on the third attempt, on the evening of February 12, we made the first ascent of the Torre Norte del Cochrane (8891 feet). We bivouacked 150 feet below the top. We made ten rappels in the descent, which lasted until late afternoon. Bad weather then set in and it took us three weeks to get home. The whole expedition lasted 46 days.

Luis Latorre V., Asociación Universitaria de Andinismo, Chile

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