American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

South America, Southern Peru, Qanqan Group, Cordillera Urubamba

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  • Publication Year: 1972

Qanqan Group, Cordillera Urubamba. Dennis Kemp, my wife Mickie and I ascended some minor peaks above Base Camp at 15,000 feet in the Quebrada Qanqan. We numbered the peaks from left to right. We made the following climbs: N°7 (16,000 feet) on August 19 by Kemp and me; N°1 (16,000 feet) and N°3 (16,300 feet) on August 20 and N°4 (16,200 feet) on August 21 by all three; N°5 (16,200 feet) on August 21 by Kemp. All were pleasant, easy rock peaks, providing little more than scrambling on firm sandstone. Kemp climbed Pitusiray (16,587 feet) solo on August 29. This stands farther east and is easily visible from the plaza of Calca. He ascended a valley north of town. It was a 12-hour day during which a condor tried to frighten him into falling by dive-bombing him.

JOHN A. TAYLOR, Andean Society (England)

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