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South America, Argentine and Chilean Patagonia, San Valentín

San Valentín. On December 28, fourteen people climbed San Valentin (given both as 4058 and 3876 meters, 13,314 and 12,716 feet). The group was organized by Frenchman Philippe Moderé, who had previously climbed the mountain with his wife Nicole in 1985. (This ascent apparently is reported here for the first time.) Argentines set up Camps I and II before the arrival of the French. The Argentines were Nicolás de la Cruz, Marcos Couch, Gabriel Rapoport, Roberto Pardiñas and Enaldo Gentile. They were blessed by excellent weather, which can cause problems there, and found few technical difficulties. On December 28, all the Argentines, eight French climbers and one Nepali reached the summit.

Vojslav Arko, Club Andino Bariloche