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South America, Chile, Cerro Negro, Ice Cascade

Cerro Negro, Ice Cascade. The 250-meter-high ice cascade hanging on the south side of Cerro Negro, a peak northwest of Santiago, has long been a challenge to local climbers. C. Buracchio and I first climbed the mountain (4975 meters, 16,324 feet) by its north side to examine the ground. A few days later we placed a camp on the south side by the Glaciar Olivares Beta at 4600 meters. From there we descended to the foot of the cascade and climbed it on January 28. It varied in steepness from 60° to 90°.

CristiÁn Thiele, Club Alemán Andino, Santiago, Chile