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South America, Bolivia, Cordillera Real, Chearoco, Southeast Face

Chearoco, Southeast Face. Our expedition consisted of Mary Stigge, Jean Aschenbrenner, Wesley Berg and Jack Zuzack as members and Doug Solfermoser and myself as co-leaders. The objective was to climb Chearoco (6127m), the large peak to the southeast of Ancohuma. We approached from the west following the Kellihuani River. Despite many past reports of problems in this area, we found the locals to be very friendly and helpful. We chose the South Face route on Chearoco. This route turned out to be a grade more difficult than we were expecting due to glacial recession, the same problem seen in Peru. We made two attempts, the first coming within 100 feet of the summit and the second succeeding, putting Doug, Wes, Jack and myself on the summit on July 20. Research from past AAJ reports and other sources indicate that this may have been the second ascent of this route.

Mark Scott-Nash