6 lengths of rope with strong support of snow anchors and we are almost up… The declination of the slope lower together with the speed of our ascent and at 14:30 we are at the top. We are happy and our dream has come true. Wonderful views of altiplano and surrounding mountains make it up for the efforts. Couple of pictures and some camcoder shooting and we attach our skis for the descent. Summit ridge has some good snow that allows us to really enjoy some nice turns… later on in the culoir, the snow turns into mixture of crystalised pieces mixed up with some icy spots… Precaution makes us go slowlier and later on take off the skis and rappel down the icefall… We get to the camp in the darkness, assisted by Garmin Vista GPS, falling asleep immediatelly.
It is the 8th of September and we are in Cotahuasi – a village almost in the bottom of the deepest Canyon of the world enjoying hot springs and resting a bit. We already made up our plans for ascent of Coropuna -a huge glaciated volcano that we will approach today. So next week, some more photos and a new article from Arequipa.