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foolscongressRoute Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: 18 July 2002  Sucess!


Summited with my brother and some friends after two weeks of bad weather defeated us in the Paron Valley. Thought for a minute the direct south face would be nice, then watched the whole thing avalanche. We took the regular route to the top, and it was a long day for me. Left the meadow by the hut at 4 a.m. and didn't get back until 6 p.m. Beautiful mountain with spectacular views north and south. As has been mentioned, the last 50 meters was a little spicier than advertised.
Posted Feb 1, 2005 7:24 pm

amcfarreRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: June 14, 2004  Sucess!


Walked to Pisco's base camp as an extension of the Santa Cruz trek. Great first views of Pisco from the top of the pass. Being the dry season, our trek had constant clouds and rain nearly every day. But the rain and snow at base camp stopped and our summit day was perfectly clear. Great views!

Never climbed this mountain before 2004, but I can say it was harder than the guide books said.

Pictures and journals online at:

Posted Jul 15, 2004 5:04 pm

tiefenthalerRoute Climbed: SW-slopes Date Climbed: 04 July 2004  Sucess!


As already said in the previous posts, Pisco is not a simple stroll anymore. When leading the steep ice pitch 2 ice-tools are recommended strongly. Should be rated harden than PD.
Posted Jul 5, 2004 7:23 pm

thomas.schmeidlRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: 4. July 2004  Sucess!


After 10cm of snow at the base camp the day before we had a nice climb.

At the moment Pisco should be graded harder than PD (see previous post).
Posted Jul 5, 2004 12:46 pm

Steve PritchardRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: 22 June 2004  Sucess!

Steve Pritchard

Before attempting Pisco rumours abound that there was a change to the route, and that 2 ice tools are required. The night before we summited I met a British MIC who said that there was a section equivalent to Scottish grade 3 ice.

The majority of the route was straightforward, but there was a section of steep snow and ice to traverse. This was for about 45m of 50 degree slope, mainly underneath a serac. I found it quite precarious, having little steep ice experience. A girl turned back the previous day, saying she had no ice climbing experience. However my partners (who found it easy) put in an ice screw to protect this awkward traverse, and there was a snow stake in place before the straight up 50 degree climb. I only used one ice tool.

Just short of the summit the track straddles a cornice crack and I would advise staying to the right on the way up and the left on the way down. A good climb but from my limited experience pérhaps harder than a PD.
Posted Jun 23, 2004 5:00 pm

jamesfeldmannRoute Climbed: Dog route Date Climbed: July 19, 2002  Sucess!


After two weeks of poor conditions over around Paron and Artesonraju, friends and I regrouped in Huaraz before humbling ourselves with this peak. Damn fine to be atop and looking over into the Paron Valley. Damn fine to be there any which way. Crevasses were just about a problem, but still hop-able.

Pisco and Tambo (seek and ye shall find), don't leave Peru without 'em.
Posted Oct 14, 2003 2:52 pm

Jim ClarkeRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: 6/28/02  Sucess!

Jim Clarke

A somewhat boring acclimatization peak. The moraine makes for a complete beatdown on the way back. Ascending the direct face and its couliors is a better way to go.
Posted Sep 30, 2003 10:20 am

sherpalitoRoute Climbed: ruta normal with official peruvian mt guide Date Climbed: 02 sept 2003  Sucess!


Straightforwarding 03day climb. Started 03 AM from BC besides refugio. Summited 08.00 AM. Some clear but deep crevasses some half hour before the summit. Snowbridge gone so we had to leave to ruta normal and climb steeply via the rocky pillar to rejoin the ruta normal under the summit.

Breathtaking views from the summit. Get there before the clouds obscur everything. Absolutely Awesome !

The steep 1,5 climb from Cebollapampa to the BC besides the Refugio takes quite a lot of energy if you do carry all your stuff. Plenty of donkeys to rent at cebollapampa. Small stream at BC and stone toilets.

The walk from lower BC besides the refugio to the snowline is quite long (1,5-2 hrs) in the dark so it might be a good idea to use the small advanced BC with few water (laguna at 10-15 minutes)

Enjoy the pics at www.pbase.com/sherpalito


Posted Sep 25, 2003 10:50 am

e_wireRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: June 2003


Again, no summit... At least the view was quite dramatic (see pictures)! Left the refuge at 2am, traversed the moraine field and got to the glacier at sunrise time, without the sunrise... it was snowing like crazy. Met a bunch of Austrians that we followed to the col between Huandoy and Pisco. Still snowing, so we go up a bit higher (till 5400m) and decide to turn around since we can't see anything.
Posted Jul 25, 2003 10:04 am

Tom FralichRoute Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: July 7, 2003  Sucess!

Tom Fralich

Climbed to the summit in 6 hrs after a night at the excellent refuge at 4665m. By sleeping and eating at the refuge, we were able to carry minimal weight and complete the climb in only 2 days. The refuge is a little expensive ($30/night with dinner and breakfast), but it sure made life easy. Nice route with a few crevasses which we easily stepped over. Views were great until the usual clouds rolled in at 10AM.
Posted Jul 9, 2003 7:17 am

maxRoute Climbed: Normal (SW) Date Climbed: July 1999  Sucess!
Pisco gave us a good training and acclimatisation before we climbed Alpamayo and Huascaran
Posted May 13, 2002 1:01 pm

felixRoute Climbed: SW-Ridge (normal) Date Climbed: September 1997  Sucess!
The last peak in Peru for enjoying the beautiful peruvian mountains. Started early and had a fine time at the peak. Descend was not problematic.
Posted May 13, 2002 4:34 am

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