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South America, Bolivia, Cordillera Apolobamba, Ala Derecha, Possible New Route

Ala Derecha, Possible New Route. On August 7, Erik and Grigota Monasterio (Bolivia-New Zealand) climbed the ice face to the right of Ala Derecha and to the left of the rock band, west of the small but distinctive pyramidal snow peak marked Cerro Illampu on the IGM map (a.k.a. Techo de Paja, Diente). The possible new route was 400 meters long; the last three pitches to the col were 60-80° (D) on excellent ice. They then followed the ridge right to the base of the rock, from where it was 30 meters to the summit (F4). Descent was made via seven rappels, the first five of which were off ice bollards due to the very poor rock.

Yossi Brain, United Kingdom