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South America, Peru, Cordillera Blanca, Nevado Ulta, West-Northwest Face

Nevado Ulta, west-northwest face. Previously unreported and scarcely known is an August 1985 ascent of an ice-and-mixed line, thought to be on the far left side of the west-northwest face (called the northwest face in the photo on p. 275 of the 2001 AAJ; also shown as the shaded face on the right in the photo on p. 302 of the 2003 AAJ). Chris Hassig and Jonathan Stevens climbed a long couloir with technically difficult mixed ground, continuing to the summit. They climbed the route in a long day, made a forced bivouac, and descended the next day. While rappelling Hassig fell to his death and took the ropes with him, but Stevens survived.

Based on information from Antonio Gómez Bohórquez, Jeff Hollenbaugh,and Jonathan Stevens