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South America, Chile, Northern Patagonia, Volcán Michinmahuida, West Face

Volcdn Michinmahuida, West Face. The icy dome of Michinmahuida Volcano (8,071'), near the town of Chaiten in northern Chilean Patagonia, is rarely visited because of bad weather and a long approach trek through the cold jungle. In three days, finishing on Januray 16, 2006, Chileans Cristian Stephens, Juan Pablo Ortega, and I opened the West Face (PD). The route starts just left of the West Glacier and climbs moderate slopes through large crevasse fields. The crux of this route is finding the right way through the crevasses.

Rodrigo Ponce, Club Andino Universitario, Santiago, Chile