Peruvian Andes: Tours, Treks, Culture, Climbs and Hiking Holidays in Peru
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PERUAMAZINGADVENTURES encompasses almost all of the Cordillera Blanca. The peaks of Milluacocha, Pilanco, San Julian and Champara guard the northern boundary and Caullaraju Este and Rajutuna the Southern. In all, the park covers a total area of approximately 3,400 square kilometers (1,300 square miles).
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In the heart of the park glistens the crown jewel of the range, Huascaran, which comprises? Peru’s two highest summits. When standing atop either, almost all of the Blanca’s twenty five 6,000-metre summits are visible on a clear day.
This album is dedicated to the peak named Siula Grande which if you have any photos of this mountain, please add them.
Siula Grande was first climbed July 28, 1936 by Erwin Schneider and Arnold Awerzger and has not seen that many ascents ever since. In 1985 Joe Simpson and his partner Simon Yates climbed the West face which Joe had a bad accident which became an epic struggle for survival and a great story called “Touching the Void” which goes down as one of my favorite climbing stories. Click hire to see a sample of the movie. Since then Siula Grande gained a lot of fame and a few more ascents were made. The West face has been climbed two more times, once by
The South Face to this day is said to be unclimbed which it becomes quite obvious when looking at the photo of it why.
The Cordillera Huayhaush is a remote and rugged range of snowcapped peaks located south of the more frequently traveled Cordillera Blanca in central Peru. Towering 6000 meter giants including Yerupaja, Jirishanca, Siula Grande, Sarapo, and Rasac anchor the range and offer some of the most difficult and treacherous alpine routes on the continent. Climbs in the range tend to be committing, difficult, and threatened by numerous objective dangers. As there are few options for accessible easy to moderate climbs in the area, most travelers heading to Peru focus on the comparatively friendly peaks closer to Huaraz in the Cordillera Blanca. In spite of this, climbers and trekkers are heading to the Huayhuash in increasing numbers to enjoy the world class trekking and climbing in a remote and relatively unspoiled area.
Yerupaja is Peru’s second highest peak and the highest point in the massive Amazon River watershed. Yerupaja crowns the stunning Cordillera Huayhuash in the north central Peruvian Andes, a compact range that boasts several peaks over 6,000 meters.
Yerupaja is sometimes overshadowed by its more flashy neighbors, which include the beautiful Jirishanca and the imposing Siula Grande (a peak made famous by Joe Simpson in his epic Touching the Void). However, Yerupaja is an imposing world class mountain all by itself. Before it was finally climbed in 1950 by Jim Maxwell and Dave Harrah, Yerupaja was the highest unclimbed summit outside of Asia. It would be sixteen years before the mountain saw another successful summit bid, this time by Jorge Peterek and Canadian Leif Patterson. That same year, a pair of up and coming mountaineers received their first taste of high altitude climbing by summitting Yerupaja via the unclimbed East Face and bagging the first ascent of its smaller cousin — Yerupaja Chico. They were none other than Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler, who would both go on to do some fairly impressive climbing on even higher mountains.
Like all peaks of the Huayhuash, Yerupaja rises in a nearly vertical wall of rock and overhanging ice. It also possesses a knife edged summit ridge draped with the beautiful but brittle snow flutings that are so prevalent in the Huayhuash. Not surprisingly due to the combination of these natural defenses and its high elevation, Yerupaja sees very few successful ascents.