One of the worst seasons ever in Cordillera. We had two attempts on Alquimia. First time we waited 10 days and a window opened: we went for it but we got stormed 100m from the ridge. We came down to Huaraz and watched " Touching the void" and we went again and just touched the ridge and came down. succes here is to come alive.
probably new rout, should be a classic. d+, 400m. snow and ice up to 65 degrees, some digging in summit cornice up to 90 degrees.
4h from camp at 4900m to base of face, 4h for the face.
david bruder and andres zegers.
cool, long climb. 10.5h from schrund