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South America, Bolivia, Nevado Beato, Josemaria, First Ascent

Nevado Beato Josemaria, First Ascent. This unclimbed mountain was “discovered” by the Club Huayna Potosi of La Paz, Bolivia. They needed four expeditions over one and a half years to reach their goal. Finally they scouted the south face with great crevasses and 70-degree ice. On April 8, 1995, Liam O’Brien and Andres Eichmann went to the top. At the end of July, 1995, a large group ascended to the summit where a little monument with a cemented base, a bronze plaque and a cross was erected. The name Nevado Beato Josemaría (5290 m) was approved by the Instituto Geográfico Militar de Bolivia.

Marcelo Scanu, Buenos Aires, Argentina