Southwest Ridge Route

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Cordillera Occidental, Bolivia, South America
Route Type:
Snow / Ice Climb
Time Required:
Most of a day
III/AD, 55 deg. , 1,110 m / 3.600 ft

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Southwest Ridge Route
Created On: Oct 23, 2002
Last Edited On: Nov 10, 2002


From the South
From Sajama village back toward Lagunas village. Turn left at group of houses and follow straight track until flat area (keńua trees).
From there (Base camp) to the north toward SW Ridge of Sajama. Follow the track to reach the bottom of snow slope. Climb this slope and on rock ridge is space for High camp.
From base camp is about 6 hours walking.

Route Description

From high camp, head up the ice wall. There you can expect steeper ice section (up to 60 deg.). Normally is possible to find easier line to reach the snow slopes above. From there follow the slopes (40 deg.) to reach summit with "football ground". Watch out for crevasses!
Ascent time: 7-9 hours
Descent: the same route

First ski descent from Sajama

Members: Andrej Petrovcic, Borut Crnivec, Uros Cerar all from Slovenia
They set up Base Camp (4950 m) on May 26. below the Southwest Ridge. Next day they climbed to the Camp 1 (5550m). The third day they reached the summit in 5.30 hours from Camp 1. The snow was very dry and hard with few icy sections. Below the summit they encountered penitentes up to 2 m high. They had amazing beautiful day and wind at all, so they stayed on the top 1 hour. They had skiing from the summit going down about the same way where they came up. In 1 hour they reached the Camp 1, and from there a 1/2 hour to the Base Camp.

Grade: V, 42 deg. to 48 deg., seracs section about 50 deg, 1600 m
Date: May, 28. 2001

Essential Gear

Crampons and one ice axe are necessary. Also is not a bad idea to take a rope (crevasses!)

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