Route Climbed: South West Ridge Date Climbed: July 1, 2005
Summited with my Peruvian guide, Aldo on a gloriously clear and calm morning just after sunrise with the moon just above the summit. 65-70 degree 100 meter pitch above the bergschrund The panarama of the Cordillera Blanca was fantastic. Five minutes after we summited, Brad Johnson (author of Classic Climbs of the Cordillera Blanca) summited with 2 clients. Spent an enjoyable 20 minutes on top.
Route Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: August 15-22, 2002
Our old guidebook said, "Allow 3 days to return to the road." We packed enough food for 4 days, and it took us 7. Fortunately, we greatly overestimated how much fuel we would need, and this was a life saver. The NW ridge involved lots of scary, loose, honeycombed snow. I thought I was going to die in a few places, but the position and exposure are absolutely spectacular!