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South America, Peru—Cordillera Blanca, Artesonraju, Southwest Face, Ski Descent

Artesonraju, Southwest Face, Ski Descent. Our expedition was made up of Mssrs. Paret, Cortial, Chartier and me. After failing to climb Quitaraju and climbing Huascarán, on July 13 I climbed Artesonraju and made the first ski descent of the southwest face. A thousand feet from the top the face, which has an angle up to 60°, is cut by a line of séracs. Icy snow on a traverse left was hardly pleasant. Then I found myself at the top of a narrow gully that cut for 100 meters through the séracs. It was horribly steep. The lower slope became less steep and was great fun. Crossing the snow-covered crevasses of the glacier was risky and I was relieved to be back in my tent.

Gérard Chantriaux, Club Alpin Français