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South America, Bolivia, Cordillera Real, Huanacuni, North Ridge, P 5550

Huanacuni, North Ridge, P 5550. Four British climbers who met up in a bar in La Paz climbed Huanacuni (5796 meters) by a new route up the North Ridge to make the second, and first British, ascent of the mountain (June 15-17). Basecamp was then moved southeast to the Lavandarani valley from which the first ascent of P 5550 in the same group was made (June 20-21). Basecamp was then moved to the north of the Pelechuco road and a first British ascent made of another P 5550 in the Katantica group (June 24-25). JG ascended the west face solo after a major communication breakdown. The next day GA and MF made a slightly different approach and then climbed the west face while YB had giardia at basecamp. Expedition members were Gerry Arcari, Yossi Brain, Mike Franklin, and John Garside.

Yossi Brain, Club Andino Boliviano