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South America, Peru, Cordillera Blanca, Hualcán, Southwest Ridge

Hualcán, Southwest ridge. J. Curry Slaymaker and David Ciochetti made the first ascent of the southwest ridge of Hualcán (20,096 feet) on July 7. A camp was established at 17,000 feet above Laguna Cochca, where a third member of the group, Dan Langmade, stayed weak with dysentery. The two needed seven hours to complete the 50° to 60° ridge on stable snow. They then passed from the west to the slightly higher east summit. They bivouacked at 19,000 feet on the descent.

Michael Rourke