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rischSouth Face Route  Sucess!


Nice and not that long, quiet steep with short mixed passages and on the top, where you exit the face, a little bit scary because of the bad snow and ice!
Posted Jan 24, 2007 3:15 pm

Fabrice.RimlingerNormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2006


Not one of the highest peak in the Cordillera Blanca, but certainly one of the most beautiful views (Huascaran, Huandoy, Chopicalqui, Chacraraju, Artesonraju, Alpamayo...). Crossing back the morraine in the heat is definitely a pain in the neck !
Posted Nov 11, 2006 3:44 pm

sierramtngoatRoute Climbed: Normal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2006


This was a physically easy climb; if you are acclimatized, you should have no problem. We camped at the Moraine Camp and summitted at a very slow pace in less than five hours. There are crevasses to jump and a fairly steep snow and ice sections but none required two tools. The view from the top was spectacular with many 6000m peaks in the surrounding area. I was expecting this mountain to be cold, but by Cascade standards, this was a warm peak, despite its nearly 19,000 ft. summit. I climbed in windstopper fleace pants and a gortex parka; no layers, just long-johns. I did have to pull my balaclava down when it got windy. Regarding the moraine above base camp: yes, it is difficult, but it is easier to negotiate than the character building talus of the Sierra Nevada; just pay attention and you'll get past it.
Posted Sep 7, 2006 12:28 am

bluescrummachineRoute Climbed: Normal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2006


Started from basecamp(!) at about 1:30 a.m. and reached the summit at about 7 a.m. as first party (3 climbers) on that day. Clouds started to move in at sunrise, so we could enjoy the view from top only for a short time. Were back at basecamp at about 10 a.m. and took a rest for the remaining day. Nice and easy climb, except the moraine: especially at descent strenuous and concentration required. The weather deteriorated during the coming night and we had snow in the basecamp. Most climbers who started that night had to abort their ascent.
Posted Aug 25, 2006 12:16 pm

Buz GroshongNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2006

Buz Groshong

It snowed about 1 inch the night before we climbed and continued to snow lightly almost all the way to the Pisco-Huandoy Col. After that it was mostly clear for a while and then we were in the clouds up to the summit. I doubt I got a very good summit photo of myself, but I did get a shot of my hand holding the GPS. We were in the clouds most of the way down, so we didn't get hot on the glacier coming down. We started at about 3 AM from moraine camp and got back there before noon - after packing up we headed on down to base camp for the following night.

This was a new personal altitude record and I greatly enjoyed the climb (although all the rock scrambling wore me down quite a bit).
Posted Aug 23, 2006 2:39 am

packetStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2006


Climbed the standard route starting from the moraine camp. About 40 minutes to the glacier, total time to summit about 4 hours. Got to the top as dawn was breaking. Spectacular views of the area. The ice wall is a lot smaller this year than previous years, maybe 10ft high with 50 degree slope at the top that goes for 120ft or so.
Posted Aug 18, 2006 7:40 pm

iwlclmeverestNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2006


The most enjoyable mountain I have ever climbed, but I still have nightmares of that never ending moraine field. The conditions and the weather were wonderful as well. I think Pisco has some of the greatest views in the Blanca.
Posted Aug 11, 2006 9:42 pm

LubosNormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2001


Pisco is an easy mountain to climb usually used to acclimate before climbing higher peaks in Peru. Close to the summit there is a steep section. Very nice views from the top on surrounding Cordillera Blanca mountains. Rating PD. Solo climb.
Posted Aug 2, 2006 1:28 am

skiibum21Standard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006


The conditions on the glacier were great, there was a little fresh snow but nothing to serious. The 3 meter ice step was not to difficult to get up, but can be a little tricky down climbing. The weather was good but we had clouds roll in about a half an hour before the summit, so no views. Get to the summit between 7 and 8 for better chance to see the views!
Posted Jun 7, 2006 10:52 pm

ElCapitanKoolAidA great intro to Peru  Sucess!


My first mountain in Peru.
Posted May 22, 2006 4:07 am

Tomás BlázquezConditions have changed!  Sucess!

Tomás Blázquez

To climb the normal route, you have to be careful with a 50 metres section where you will find ice (50º). To descent this section you have to use the rope!
Posted Feb 15, 2006 11:13 pm

missadventureRoute Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: july 24 2003


i got the trots and had to bag the effort - gotta say the hut was really nice, we were camping out, but the guys who work there let me hang out all day and made me cup after cup of mate tea while i waited for my companions...peruvian hospitality is the best
Posted Feb 8, 2006 11:35 pm

FuseRoute Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: Nov. 02  Sucess!


Left the Refugio at 1am, reached the Col at sunrise. Traversed 50 degree slopes just up from the Col and placed a few screws and pickets. Summited in a whiteout. Sun returned, we descended in mash potatoes. Overall very enjoyable.
Posted Nov 20, 2005 11:29 pm

urbanauticRoute Climbed: normal Date Climbed: early July 2003  Sucess!
different from other contributors, that time we had no problems with steep ice. The snow was rather hard firn with a 5 co cover of new snow. After good aclimatisation while trekking in Peru and climbing in Bolivia, we found Pisco quite easy, good aclimatisation climb. We did not use ice axes although we had them. Bigger problem than a 3 m steeper firn was a hidden crevasse in front of it. But with a little bit of alertness this was no problem. Problem with Pisco is that thanks to no technical difficulties and good services like refugio and donkeys there are too many absolutely nonexperienced turists. I believe that this service and jumarring after a guide is not mountaineering. I do my ascents with alpin style - sport and if I am not succefull due to weather or my condition I have to try next time. Only my opinion
Posted Oct 18, 2005 6:46 am

Peak_BaggerRoute Climbed: SW Slopes Date Climbed: July 19 2005  Sucess!


Great views from the top of this one, Artesan especially. Nice route too, the wall is a good intro to tech climbs in the Blanca. But beware of the crowds, inexperienced climbers, and inconsiderate guides. Our team waited nearly an hour as there were nearly 30 people at the wall. I watched as 3 rope teams tried to ascend all at the same time. I forgot my helmet and got hit in the head by a large chunk of ice. Other than this part the route is ok.
Posted Sep 9, 2005 4:55 pm

GlennMerrillRoute Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: July 17, 2005  Sucess!


Great view of surrounding peaks. Skipped the base camp and went straight to the moraine camp.
Posted Aug 7, 2005 11:53 pm

soslawRoute Climbed: South West Slope Date Climbed: June 25, 2005  Sucess!


Summited with Andre on a relatively clear and calm morning. Views of the surrounding peaks of the Cordillera Blanca are incredible. With a 60 meter, 50-60 degree pitch the route's grade should be increased to AD+.
Posted Jul 5, 2005 5:38 pm

davichoverdeRoute Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: June 18, 2005
Our climbing team as well as others would change the rating for this climb from PD to AD because of the 50º pitch on the ice wall which is close to the summit. I was not disappointed at not reaching the goal since the view of all the sorrounding area is fantastic. Huandoy, Artesonraju, Chopicalqui, etc. Would't mind going back again but with better ice climbing equipment.
Posted Jul 2, 2005 7:20 am

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.

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Posted Jul 15, 2004 5:04 pm

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