American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

South America, Bolivia, Cordillera Real, Cerro San Enrique, P 5650, Cerro Bengala

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  • Publication Year: 1996

Cerro San Enrique, P 5650, Cerro Bengala. In July, Thomas Miyagawa and I made basecamp at the Malla Chuma Mine at 4800 meters and from there climbed three surrounding peaks. The first was Cerro San Enrique (5620 meters), which we climbed on July 13 via the Northwest Ridge. Our second peak was climbed on July 14 and is noted as P 5650 on the Bolivian IGM topographical map. Local miners reported the name of the peak as Cerro Garciela (5640 meters). We climbed the northeast peak of Cerro Garciela direct via the Southeast Face which consisted of 50° to 60° styrofoam-like snow. On July 16 we then climbed Cerro Bengala (5570 meters) via the Northwest Face, crossing two bergshrunds. This face of Cerro Bengala, as with the majority of the north and west faces in the cordillera, was composed mainly of small- to medium-sized penitentes.

Dakin Cook

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