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Ascent of Ritacuba Blanco on 2012-05-18

Climber: Hannah Wilner

Date:Friday, May 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ritacuba Blanco
    Location:Colombia
    Elevation:5409 m / 17749 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Long day, 10-hr ascent from Cabanas Kanwara starting at 3 am. 4-hr descent due to postholing the last mile of the glacier, talk about energy drain! Whiteout conditions were nothing to complain about given the timing of our climb during the rainy season. Beautiful crevasse/bergschrund at the summit, be careful!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1386 m / 4549 ft
    Route:Normal/direct
    Trailhead:Cabanas Kanwara  4023 m / 13200 ft
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Guide
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:10 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:4 Hours 



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