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South America, Argentina, Argentine Patagonia, Aguja Mermoz, Northwest Face, Attempt

Aguja Mermoz, Northwest Face, Attempt. During the 1996-’97 season, Italians Maurizio Giordani and Aldo Levitti climbed a new line on the northwest face, but failed to reach the summit. The 16-pitch route climbs an obvious crack system to the left of Cosas Patagonicas, which it joins in the upper part for approximately four pitches. They retreated upon reaching the Argentinian route. The route was climbed in a one-day push from Piedra del Fraile base camp, and was called Hypermermoz (7+ A1).