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South America, Peru—Cordillera Blanca, Chacraraju Rescue

Chacraraju Rescue. After Takao Hayashida, Koji Matsui and I had successfully climbed Huascarán Sur on August 5, we were asked to assist a Japanese party on Chacraraju, which had an injured member who could not move. From the Quebrada Ranincuray they had taken a route on the hanging glacier of the north face. While on the rock ridge which leads to the shoulder on Chacraraju’s west peak, rockfall had injured a climber. The party descended to Camp II at 16,750 feet. More than 20 Japanese were engaged in the rescue. On August 13 we succeeded in completing the evacuation.

Tadakiyo Sakahara, Kawasaki Teachers’ Party, Japan