American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

South America, Peru—Cordillera Blanca, Tocllaraju on Two Artificial Legs

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  • Publication Year: 1984

Tocllaraju on Two Artificial Legs. Following a railway accident 24 years ago, Englishman Norman Croucher has had metal replacements below the knees on both legs. He has made many routes in the Alps as well as ten ascents over 16,000 feet, including Aconcagua, Mustagh Ata and Kilimanjaro. This year he decided it was time for quality rather than quantity. He was invited to join Americans Bob Braun and Glenn Albrecht and New Zealander Brian Weedon on Tocllaraju. They chose to climb by the southwest glacier and northwest shoulder. Setting out on August 3, they took two days to a high camp at 17,000 feet. Glenn opted out for the summit bid. The remaining trio found easy snow slopes and a few narrow or firmly bridged crevasses at first. “Then the mountain reared up in the last 250 feet,” Croucher said. “A high bergschrund caused a three-man Austrian team to retreat, but we crossed it by way of a feeble snow bridge and steep snow and ice. Beyond that, I reckon the ice was not over 50°, but you’re a long way from Mom at 19,000 feet plus.” [This information was kindly supplied by Mr. Croucher.—Editor. ]

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