South America, Peru, Cordillera Huayhaush, Yerupajá, West Face
Yerupajá, West Face. The best climb our group did was the west face of Yerupajá. Climbing alpine-style with a haul bag, a quart of water and a rack of ice screws, Tom Pulaski and Geoff Conley from July 9 to 11 managed to do the 28 pitches of blue ice slightly left of the center of the face, just to the left of the rock bands. I believe this was the first time the whole route has been done. Before going to the Huayhuash, we climbed in the Cordillera Blanca. On June 21 Conley and I did the regular route on Pisco while Pulaski and John Pearson did the direct south face route. On June 30 Pulaski and Pearson climbed Huandoy Norte by the southeast face.