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South America, Peru, Cordillera Blanca, Chopicaliqui, West Face, Yerupaja Sur, West Face, Yerupaja Grande, Ascent and Tragedy

Chopicaliqui, West Face; Yerupaja Sur, West Face; Yerupaja Grande, Ascent and Tragedy. It was reported that Germans Mario Witte and Falk Liebstein climbed two difficult routes in the Andes. First the team summited Chopicaliqui (6345 m). It took Liebstein/Witte five days to reach the summit in alpine style from the highest point of the Langabuco Valley. They followed a difficult line on the west face and descended the south face. Except for two short rock sections the entire route was a demanding ice climb in variable and extreme conditions. The team also climbed the west face of Yerupaja Sur (6515 m) in alpine style. There is no moderate trade route on this peak. The route took the party three days negotiating icefields up to 85 degrees. Their success, however, was overshadowed by the deaths of two Austrian climbers on neighboring Yerupaja Grande (6634 m). Stephan Hradil and Nikolaus Wallner, both mountaineers with 8000-meter peak experience, where killed by an avalanche while descending from the summit. (Klettern 96)