2016 AC Expedition to the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca – Derek Buckle
Photo Rafal under the seracs of Jatunmontepuncu
Our first foray was to Q. Quilcayhuanca where the primary targets were San Juan (5,843m) and Chinchey (6,309m), which we hoped to attempt after further acclimatisation. Fortunately both Quilcayhuanca and its side valley, Cayash, offer plenty of more readily accessible objectives, which was a blessing considering the lean snow conditions this year. Following a few exploratory forays by various members of the team, Chris & Phil successfully climbed Quimarumi (5,455m) via its NE ridge while Dave, Melanie & Rafal persevered on steep scree before finally reaching the attractive summit of Chopiraju (5,518m) via its S face and W ridge. From a high camp Dave, Derek, Melanie & Rafal then climbed Jatunmontepuncu (5,421m) via its S ridge and this peak subsequently became the focus of Chris & Phil and Nick B & Catriona, who completed the round trip in a single day from base camp.
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