Near Lago Argentino. The Tokyo University of Technology Expedition was in Patagonia from October, 1968 to February, 1969. The members were Riko Fijii, leader, Tooru Takahashi, Motohiko Miyazaki and Kiyo- taka Suzuki. After 36 days in the customs, they flew to Río Gallegos and went to Punta Bandera on Lago Argentino. After another eight days of delay, on December 4 they crossed the lake to Cristina. On December 7 Takahashi and Suzuki made the first ascent of Cerro Planchón (8018 feet), which took 14 hours round-trip. Fujii and Miyazaki made the second ascent the next day. (“Planchón” means “Snow Bank”.) After more reconnaissance of the Norte valley, and the Upsala and Moreno glaciers, they went to Tierra del Fuego, where on January 11 they climbed Cerro Olivia, which has now been climbed some 20 times. On January 15, they made the first ascent of Cerro San Martín (c. 4000 feet).
Ichiro Yoshizawa, Japanese Alpine club and A.A.C.