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South America, Patagonia, Cerro Stanhardt, West Face

Cerro Stanhardt, West Face. Italians Maurizio Giarolli, Ermanno Salvaterra and Elio Orlandi climbed a very difficult new route on the west face of Cerro Stanhardt. It rises 1200 meters. On September 21, they attacked the west face from the Bifida-Stanhardt col. The first 500 meters were slabs that diagonalled up to the right. They bivouacked at the base of the vertical climbing. On September 22, they climbed straight up very difficult rock and finally through ice mushrooms. They reached the summit at four P.M. in dense fog. They descended the east face, bivouacking on the wall.