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South America, Peru-Cordillera Blanca, Tocllaraju and Ranrapalca

Tocllaraju and Ranrapalca. Carlos Buhler, Sharon Wood and I set up camp in the Quebrada Ishinca in early June. We made several acclimatization climbs, including Urus Oeste and Ishinca. We stayed away from the normal ridge climbs on other peaks in the area because of huge snow accumulation and avalanche danger resulting from unseasonal precipitation during the latter part of May. However, Canadian Sharon Wood made two significant ascents. On June 4 she soloed the west face of Tocllaraju and two days later she soloed the north face of Ranrapalca. Both climbs were made in less than 4½ hours from camps at 17,500 feet on the adjacent glaciers.

Ronald J. Ulrich