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South America, Chile, Famatina Ridge, La Rioja

Famatina Ridge, La Rioja. This range is the highest of the Sierras Pampeanas, a Precambrian ridge. The major summit is Famatina or Cerro General Manuel Belgrano (6096 m).There are many minor summits around the principal. One of these, of 5800 meters, was ascended solo in May by Horacio Sánchez. He departed from Los Bayitos (4300 m) and took a snow tongue of 40 degrees and 400 meters up to the rounded top.

Marcelo Scanu, Buenos Aires, Argentina