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South America, Peru, Cordillera Blanca, Ranrapalca, North Face, Variation

Ranrapalca, North Face, Variation. It was reported that Patrick Knoll and Peruvians Guillermo Mejia-Ordóñez and Eduardo Angulo-Zambrano did a new start to the north face (TD+ 5.9 A2, 3,000 feet) of Ranrapalca (6162m) in the first week of August. The variation follows a single crack in the buttress at the base of the face for 500 feet and is mostly protected from rockfall.

Americans Brad Johnson and Blues Voisard also were active in the Cordillera Blanca, climbing nine peaks in two months, including the rarely climbed 2,000-foot east face of Artesonraju, which involves 60-80° mixed climbing. (Climbing 173)