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South America, Argentina and Chile, Northern Andes, Argentina, Cerro de la Aguada, Ascent and Historical Note

Cerro de la Aguada, ascent and historical note. A group of Argentinean climbers of the Club Andino Mar del Plata and Janajman (Salta) ascended this 5,810m volcano that is near the massive Antofalla (6,409m). The ascent commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first ascent by Fritz Reichert, considered one of the fathers of Argentinean mountaineering. The team was directed by Guillermo Almaraz and consisted of Antonio Moreno, Juan Speroni and Alejandro Gimenez. They erected base camp at 3,300m and another camp at 5,000m. They summited on August 28, in the Southern Hemisphere winter. On the top they found Inca ceremonial ruins but no traces from Reichert. The group thinks that he might have ascended another minor summit or a different mountain. Andean authority Evelio Echevarria says that this is improbable, so the mystery remains unsolved.

Marcelo Scanu, Buenos Aires, Argentina