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South America, Argentina, Argentine Patagonia, Cerro Piergiorgio, Esperando la Cumbre

Cerro Piergiorgio, Esperando la Cumbre. Italians GianLuca Maspes and Maurizio Giordani returned to Piergiorgio in 1996 with the intention of finishing their uncompleted Gringos Locos on the northwest face only to find their fixed ropes shredded by the high winds. They therefore turned their attention to the north side of the wall, where they climbed a new line that they named Esperando la Cumbre. This route climbs the couloir just left of the northwest face to the upper col, continues on the east face and onto the northeast pillar. It was climbed on December 4-5, 1996 (800 meters, 6+/A2/75°). The northwest face was also attempted by a French team led by Jerome Thiniers. They climbed three new pitches for which they drilled some 40 holes for rivets, bathooks and bolts.Cerro Fitz Roy, Correction. In the 1996 AAJ, a photo of Fitz Roy’s east face mistakenly attributed the El Corazon route to “Albert et al., 1993.” The first ascensionists of the route were the Swiss pair of Ochsner and Pitleka, and the route was established in 1992.