Icy Summit Pyramid of Chopicalqui

The icy summit pyramid of Chopicalqui, in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru, emerging from storm clouds after our descent from the peak. No views from the top, but spectacular scenery as the storm cleared out. By Howie Silleck, July 9, 2007.

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flow

flow - Jul 30, 2007 1:07 pm - Voted 10/10

WOOOW!!!

this looks great!

hhsilleck

hhsilleck - Jul 30, 2007 1:33 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: WOOOW!!!

Thanks Flow - it was an incredible view!
Cheers,
Howie

Deb

Deb - Jul 30, 2007 1:47 pm - Voted 10/10

Totally Sick!

Can't believe this is real! Where the hell do you start climbing it?!

hhsilleck

hhsilleck - Jul 30, 2007 1:50 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Totally Sick!

Hi Deb - it's real! The route traverses a steep (80 degree) slope to the right beneath the face to gain a 55 degree snow/ice slope to the summit. Lots of fun, except for the miserable weather!
Cheers,
Howie

badyl

badyl - Jul 30, 2007 2:06 pm - Voted 10/10

beautiful!!

absolutely stunning!!

hhsilleck

hhsilleck - Jul 30, 2007 2:36 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: beautiful!!

Thanks for the kind words Badyl!
Cheers,
Howie

klwagar

klwagar - Jul 30, 2007 2:13 pm - Voted 10/10

Incredible

What a beautiful photo!

hhsilleck

hhsilleck - Jul 30, 2007 2:39 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Incredible

Thanks Klwagar!
Cheers,
Howie

ganesh70

ganesh70 - Jul 30, 2007 2:16 pm - Voted 10/10

Simply fantastic!

Photo of the week?

hhsilleck

hhsilleck - Jul 30, 2007 5:45 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Simply fantastic!

Thanks Ganesh for the compliments!
Cheers,
Howie

Tomek Lodowy

Tomek Lodowy - Jul 30, 2007 2:24 pm - Voted 10/10

Incredible!

what a scenery !

hhsilleck

hhsilleck - Jul 30, 2007 5:45 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Incredible!

Thank you Tomek - it is a beautiful peak.
Cheers,
Howie

Andino

Andino - Jul 30, 2007 4:11 pm - Voted 10/10

A perfect...

ice & snow cathedral !
Brilliant atmosphere & shot.

hhsilleck

hhsilleck - Jul 30, 2007 6:30 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: A perfect...

Thanks Myzantrope - the summit looked like a icy floating castle as it emerged from the clouds - pretty neat!
Cheers,
Howie

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Jul 30, 2007 6:37 pm - Voted 10/10

Amazing!

This is one of the most unique pictures I have seen here. It looks so surreal.
Great photo!

hhsilleck

hhsilleck - Jul 30, 2007 7:19 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Amazing!

Thanks for the kind words Anya!
Cheers,
Howie

hhsilleck

hhsilleck - Jul 31, 2007 10:03 am - Hasn't voted

Re: great image!!

Thanks Tazz!
Cheers,
Howie

MichaelJ

MichaelJ - Jul 31, 2007 12:56 am - Hasn't voted

Is that the normal route?

Nice pic. Did you climb the SW Ridge?

hhsilleck

hhsilleck - Jul 31, 2007 10:08 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Is that the normal route?

Thanks! We did climb the normal SW ridge route - it finishes by traversing below the steep wall of this pyramid to gain the final ridge on the right. It was an adventure in the storm - I'll have a trip report up momentarily.
Thanks,
Howie

BalletBoy

BalletBoy - Jul 31, 2007 2:58 am - Hasn't voted

This is spectacular

I leave this Friday 8/3 for Peru to climb Huascara Sur amongst others. I can't wait to see this beautiful terrain. Nice Photo!!

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