Cordillera Blanca. A group of 17 people organized by Mountain Travel and led by John Filsinger and me made moderate ascents during a three-week circular trek north of Huascarán. Two climbs are worthy of note. One was a new route on Rajucaca (“Punta Munich”; c. 16,725 feet), which lies on the ridge running south from Punta Unión. From Taullipampa, at the head of the Quebrada Huaripampa, slabs were climbed to a 16,000-foot summit. From there Filsinger, the Peruvians Pablo Morales, Donato Solano and Felipe Mautino, along with Dr. George Povey, Trudy Healy, Brian Pease and John Jamieson, crossed the beautiful snow arêtes and rock to Rajucaca. That same day Peruvian Floriano Solano, Russ Huse and Fred Camphausen made the second ascent of the Pucaraju (16,686 feet) which lies east of Taullipampa.
CÉSAR MORALES ARNAO, Club Andinista Cordillera Blanca