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South America, Argentina and Chile, Northern Andes, Chañi Chico, Siete Dolores

Chañi Chico, Siete Dolores. This 5,571m mountain in Salta is a minor summit in the Chañi massif (5,896m), Argentina. Its incredible south wall has been a dream for many generations of Argentine climbers. Argentines Humberto Vázquez, Fernando Gutiérrez, and Facundo Juárez opened the remarkable Siete Dolores (Seven Pains; 960m, 16 60m pitches, 6c (minimum 5+)) on September 9. They began at 8:15 a.m. and finished 12 hours later. The rock was rotten, with much rockfall and many cracks filled with hard ice. On the shoulder, near the summit, they bivouacked before rappelling the route the next day and reaching the base at 4 p.m.

Marcelo Scanu, Buenos Aires, Argentina