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Monster5Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2013

Monster5

Overnight trip from Huaraz. Std NW ridge out - gained via the cutoff.
Posted Nov 9, 2014 6:24 pm

Matt LemkeNW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2014

Matt Lemke

Amazing climb...see Trip Report:
http://www.summitpost.org/ramblings-of-a-cordillera-blanca-trip/909765
Posted Aug 21, 2014 11:55 am

Rolf41Ruta Normal
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2009

Rolf41

we had bad conditions on the Glacier. No track, unconsolidated snow. A thunderstorm took the decision to turn around before reaching the ridge. The day before and the day after the attempt the whether was fine.
Posted Aug 19, 2014 2:11 pm

VivyenneNW ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2014

Vivyenne

Started from base camp directly, with good weather and conditions until the bergschrund. Earlier in the season the route apparently went farther left across a wooden ladder, but the ladder has since met its doom and the route now traverses up to the right. Crossing the bergschrund required a short but very steep climb up ice, followed by about 15m of 65 degrees to gain the very exposed ridge. We simulclimbed up to the next rappell and most of the rest of the way up the ridge was pretty straightforward. The weather started turning windy and everything fogged over, but as the guide knew the route well, we continued on. The final "wall" was 150m of 65 degrees, which we also simulclimbed. We rappelled down two pitches of 50m and downclimbed the last 50m of the summit pyramid, and rappelled the final pitch under strong winds and blowing snow over the bergschrund. Slow and careful going all around, but successful ascent and descent.
Posted Aug 15, 2014 12:20 pm

lutty11NW Ridge - Normal Route
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2014

lutty11

Despite recent heavy snowfall and high winds we reached about 200 meters shy of summit and had to retreat because lack of pickets for rappels.
Posted Jul 24, 2014 2:53 pm

CissaNW ridge
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2014

Cissa

Another attempt at the mountain. Although windy as usual, conditions were quite good. Reached about 5800m after getting a bit lost to realize we did not have enough pickets to come down. This year the route has an interesting short step and traverse, aside from that it´s a walk up.
Posted Jun 19, 2014 9:32 pm

CTHLOYNo liquid water at moraine camp
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2013

CTHLOY

At casa de guias they told us that liquid water is available at moraine camp. Well, there wasn't, and we did not bring enough fuel for melting snow and cook food.

The combination of starting out sick with diarrhea and not having later on enough fuel made us turn around shortly after we have gained the summit shoulder of the normal route.

The route switch-backed around large crevasses until we reached the bergschrund. The bergschrund was no problem to cross, we engaged into the 45 degree snow slope and encountered a near vertical section to gain the ridge. The snow/ice was of very 'sugary' consistency and the pickets and screws we set as protection were not very confidence-inspiring. We pitched this section out while other groups were overtaking us in simul-climbing technique.

Due to the minimal food intake and dehydration I ended up being totally exhausted when we gained the ridge and asked my partner to turn around.

The mountain and the surrounding scenery is just plain beautiful. Enjoy the climb, but be prepared and bring enough fuel!
Posted Sep 22, 2013 11:12 am

Cissanormal route
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2013

Cissa

Turned around at 5350m due to avalanche, lots of snow.
Posted Sep 15, 2013 3:22 pm

FarmerNormalroute from Ishinca basecamp  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2013

Farmer

Very windy and cold.. but we made it. Woeha....great climb.
Posted Sep 8, 2013 12:51 pm

Andy P.NW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2013
I echo the comments of Jake, very windy conditions and very soft/deep snow Jun 22-24. We never would have made it on the 23rd so we saved our attempt for the 24th and just BARELY made it (turnaround time was looming very near and 1 more mph of wind probably would have turned us away).

Route this year (so far): Uneventful climb to the first 'shrund. Then a surprising and exciting full 60m pitch of two tool technical climbing, all 60-85 degree. The 80-85 degree short 8m section was on very hard neve, I do not think a normal mountaineering axe would have been secure. Two semi-technical tools required IMO. I hope someone finds a easier way through this section later in the season as it can be a real bottleneck. After that pitch, some very short sections of 50-60 degree snow interrupt a mainly very moderate climb on the northwest ridge.

The summit pinnacle, often the crux was very easy for us this year, didn't even feel steeper than 50 degrees, and the very soft snow had giant buckets kicked in it. Rappelled the summit pitch because it was so crowded and then it was a no brainer to rappel the crux pitch above the schrund. Two 60m ropes do NOT reach below the shrund from the established rap anchors, be VERY careful when getting off rappel as you have about 5m to descend with consequences if you blow it. This is probably the most dangerous part of the climb because not only are you filled with the gleeful feelings of a fun rappel but you know that you are 99% of the way to safety, it is easy to get complacent and you are probably tired, hungry, thirsty, and getting baked by the sun by this point of the climb. Hope someone by now has put the rappel anchors lower down the slope!
Posted Jul 12, 2013 4:21 pm

JakeBad conditions
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2013

Jake

We had to turn back at 5500m due to big amount of fresh snow, poor visibility and wind. There were couple more teams trying that day and I think one of them made it to the top.
Posted Jul 9, 2013 8:49 am

tb00957northwest ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2012
Fun climb. Snow was compact but not icy. Perfect.
Posted Aug 10, 2012 5:09 pm

AlbertoRampiniNorth West Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2002

AlbertoRampini

A dream!
Posted Mar 12, 2012 5:46 pm

andretNW Ridge Again  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2011

andret

Climbed it again to give a previously sick member of our party a shot. Made it to the top, but it was socked in.
Posted Aug 13, 2011 8:50 am

andretNW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2011

andret

Beautiful weather!
Posted Aug 13, 2011 8:49 am

bighornmonkeyshort summit day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2011

bighornmonkey

Fun and short route done in perfect weather and perfect snow conditions. 4.5hrs up from our camp in the moraine. I would rate it PD+/AD- but certainly not D.
Less than 24hrs from trailhead to summit.
Posted Jul 15, 2011 10:19 pm

rggNorth west ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2011

rgg

The hardest part of the route was gaining the NW-ridge from the glacier, which we did at around 5500-5600m or so. To get over a bergschrund blocking the way, a short, 5 to 10m, bit of 70-degrees snow climbing was required. Shortly thereafter was a much longer section of 50 to 60 degrees (two pitches required).
Finally, just before the summit ridge was another section of two pitches up to 60 degrees.

Fortunately, the snow was strong and in excellent condition, and climbing was pure fun! In this condition, I would rate the route AD, or AD+, but no D.
However, the very next day, there was a fresh bit of snow, so the route condition may be a bit different now ...

By the way, we camped at around 5200m on the glacier. In fact, there are many places to camp on the glacier at various altitudes before going on the ridge, and even some on the wide ridge itself. In fact, there was even a very nice and sheltered site on the summit ridge, above the final difficulties, only minutes from the summit!
Posted Jul 2, 2011 7:26 pm

Silvia MazzaniNorth West Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2002

Silvia Mazzani

My first 6000, a fantastic route with a short technical pitch in upper part. For me a great satisfaction!
Posted May 13, 2011 10:20 am

Bill562NW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2010

Bill562

Long but incredible day - morraine camp to summit and back to base camp. All the info we had on this route was indicating a moderate climb. Well, moderate my butt .... I don't think there are any moderate (AD and below) routes on any CB 6K peaks this year..
Posted Jul 25, 2010 11:49 pm

GidoWest face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2010

Gido

After an unwanted shot of adrenaline, I dangled in the bergshrund, me and Pablo Puruncajas (ECU)summitted in perfect weather. Spectacular and steep face, the sting proved to be in Tocclaraju's tale with a nasty crevasse at the summit mushroom requiring great alertness.
Posted Jul 13, 2010 7:06 am

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