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Scottish Cordillera Blanca 2001

In a similar manner to 01/08, these climbers planned their expedition from a photograph, intending to attempt the East Face of Santa Cruz Norte, 5,829m. However, on arrival in the area they discovered that the photo was actually of a satellite peak, Santa Cruz Chico (aka Atuncocha), 5,800m, but as this was also unclimbed, they decided to make it their objective. Following the centre of the buttress as closely as possible, they were successful in making the first ascent as far as the summit ridge at TD, but very heavy cornicing deemed it unwise to continue up the last 20m to the summit. Several days of poor weather then followed, precluding attempts on any other peaks.

July 2001
Jason Currie with Guy Robertson

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