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South America, Peru?Cordillera Blanca, Cerro Parón, South-Southeast Face

Cerro Parón, South-Southeast Face. On August 14, Iñaki San Vicente and I made a new route on the nearly vertical south-southeast face of Cerro Parón or Colca (5325 meters, 17,470 feet). I knew this mountain well, having climbed the east buttress in 1985. We started with Onofre García, who after 200 feet injured his wrist and had to quit. San Vicente and I climbed the remaining fifteen pitches on the face (UIAA VI, A3; 700 meters high). The peak is also known to some climbers as La Esfinje (“The Sphinx”).

Antonio Gómez Bohorquez, Murcia, Spain