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South America, Bolivia, Huayna Potosí, First All-Woman Ascent

Huayna Potosí, First All-Woman Ascent. The Unión Panamericana de Montanismo and the Federatión de Andinismo de Chile jointly sponsored a South American all-woman expedition to the Cordillera Real of Bolivia. Twelve climbers with a distinguished record participated and were led by Magaly Campos, of Chile. An attempt on Chearoco had to be abandoned at 19,400 feet when a collapsing sérac injured one member, who had to be evacuated. As a consolation prize, Huayna Potosí (6088 meters, 19,975 feet) was climbed on August 3 by its normal route in only one day from La Paz and back by five members of the expedition (Carina Vaca, Argentina, Narda Wurth, Chile, Vicky Reaño, Colombia, Luisa Gallardo, Ecuador, and myself, Venezuela.

Rosa Pabón, Club Universitario de Andinismo, Mérida, Venezuela