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South America, Peru–Cordillera Blanca, Chekiaraju, Winter Ascent

Chekiaraju, Winter Ascent. Although according to the position of the sun from December to March it is summer, this season with much unfavorable weather is generally called “winter” throughout the Andean regions of Peru. David Teegardin, Andy Bell and I hiked from Shilla up the Quebrada Ichic Shonquel to the lake, Acquiscocha, to camp a few yards south of the outlet among overhanging rocks which obviated the need for a tent. We climbed on December 27 to the col between Tulparaju and Chekiaraju and followed the southwest ridge to the summit of Chekiaraju (17,342 feet). The inhabitants of the area call the peak “Kunkaraju” (“Necklace Peak”). It appears on some maps as Tulparaju and in some Peruvian literature as Pariakaka.

HUGH R. CLARK, Club Andinista Cordillera Blanca