American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

South America, Argentina, Mercedario, Cordilolera de la Ramada

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  • Publication Year: 1974

Mercedario, Cordillera de la Ramada. An eight-man expedition of the Club Andino de Chile, Santiago, entered into Argentina by way of Las Ojotas pass (13,501 feet) and placed a base camp at the foot of the west ridge of Cerro Mercedario, which connects this great mountain with Cerro El Cencerro (5070 meters, 16,634 feet), located on the international borderline. Three high camps were placed on the ridge (previously unclimbed), the highest one being at about 19,300 feet. On February 13, all members reached the northwest summit of Mercedario, but bad weather forced six of them to return to camp; the other two, C. Lucero and P. Rosende, dashed for the top (6670 meters, 21,880 feet), which they reached in the late afternoon.

Rafael MartÍnez, Santiago, Chile

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