Suiricocha, Manon Dos, Vicunita, New Routes
South America, Peru, Cordillera Central
Over the course of a week in the Cordillera Central in late May, Beto Pinto and I opened three new lines of difficulty MD+. The north face of Suiricocha (5,495m) had nine pitches, finishing with a steep (80°+) pitch of ice and loose rock. The west face of Manon Dos (5,500m) was short, about three pitches of 70-90° ice, but with bad snow, avalanche danger and giant crevasses. Last, we climbed the west face of Vicunita (5,538m), seven pitches including a crux 60m pitch of mixed climbing to 90°.