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South America, Chile, Chilean Patagonia, Cuerno Principale, East Face

Cuerno Principale, East Face. It was reported that a team of young Germans from Neu Elm climbed the previously unattempted east face of Cuerno Principale (2450 m) above the Pingo Valley. Rockfall down the center of the wall forced the team to the left edge of the face, where they followed a series of cracks for 18 pitches, eventually joining the upper section of the south ridge route that was climbed as the first ascent of the peak. Their nearly 650-meter route was given a grade of VII+ A3; the team reported the climbing to be superb and the atmosphere wild and remote compared to the commonly climbed Torres. (High Mountain Sports 164)