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South America, Chile, Northern Andes, Puna de Atacama, Peaks 5376m and 6070m, Veladero, Bonete, Reclus

Puna de Atacama, Peaks 5376m and 6070m, Veladero, Bonete, Reclus. On the high-altitude plateau of the Puna de Atacama, in November 2000, Britain John Biggar led a group (Brits G. Biggar, P. Clarke, P. Gilbert, and B. Powling and Peruvian D. Aurelio) that made many ascents. They used a 4WD vehicle to establish a base camp at 4700m southwest of Bonete (6759m). In windy weather and with base-camp temperatures never exceeding 0°c, they made five ascents of non-technical peaks, walking on scree and occasionally snow. Peaks 5376m and 6070m (which could logically be called Veladaro Northeast) were climbed, probable first ascents. There were no signs of previous visits. The ascent of Peak 6070m was by the southwest ridge. They also made ascents of Veladero (6436m) and Bonete (6759m; FA 1913, Walther Penck, Germany). On Bonete several members were blown off their feet on summit day. To the west of Bonete, the group made a repeat ascent of Reclus (6335m).

Mountain INFO, High Mountain Sports 230