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South America, Argentine—Chilean Patagonia, Cerro Cristal

Cerro Cristal. Ugo and Benigno Balatti, Giuseppe Alippi and I had hoped to climb Cerro Campana, which rises north of the Glaciar Moyano, but the weather in late 1991 made this impossible. As a consolation, on January 3 we climbed Cerro Cristal (2200 meters, 7218 feet), which lies south of the glacier, by its northwestern flank. There were pitches of 70° snow and ice and a rise of 800 meters. The first ascent was made on February 17, 1968 by Argentines Jorge Skvarca and Mario Serrano, but ours was probably a new route.

Enrico Lafranconi, Club Alpino Italiano