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South America, Chile, Central Andes, La Columna

La Columna. The Juncal massif, rising at the sources of the Aconcagua river, has several summits over 19,000 feet. Its lowest, the northwest peak, 5615 meters or 18,420 feet, had remained unclimbed. Using the North Juncal Glacier G. Cassasa, D. Delgado and G. Maccio ascended to the summit on January 28, having placed two high camps on the ascent and one on the descent. This was considered to be the highest unclimbed peak in central Chile. La Columna (“The Pillar”) is a local name, not on maps.

Humberto Barrera, Club Andino de Chile, Santiago