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Aguja Rafael Juarez- West face


1. Anglo-Americana

1.1 Kearney-Harrington
1.3 Quilombo

400 m 6c (6b+ A0)

Rick Silvester, Dan Reid (US), Paul ‘Tut’ Braithwaite, Martin Boysen and Leo Dickinson (GB), 1974.

Description. The route starts up a big dihedral that slashes across the west face, but after three pitches traverses right following a line of weakness to the right of the dihedral, to reach a shoulder (5+). From here it follows the south ridge with easy climbing at first, followed by a flake system (6a+) to then traverse left to reach the west face (6b). The second to last pitch is a difficult wide crack (6b+, bring one camalot 4) followed by a steep overlap (6c) to reach a saddle between the two summit. To get to the rapels bypass the southern summit on its east side. Of the 13 or so pitches that the route involves only two, the last two are worth much. Variation 1.2 From the top of the flake system one can continue up a steep crack that goes directly to the summit area (6b) and is the preffered route. From the anchor at the end of the crack climb up and right, bypassing the first summit via the east to reach the main summit.

History. Because the first ascent party lacked bongs Martin Boysen had to climb the crux wide crack free and without protection... Regarding that exciting moment Dickinson later wrote: “Reid came to a vertical crack that looked as if it needed bongs. We had none and so Boysen climbed it free at what he thought to be good Welsh extreme standard and in boots. He climbed it with one boot and one hand in the crack with his other limbs lashing along the edge of the crack. He thought he was off a few times before he reached the top of the crack and when he did, he was so exhausted that he could not belay for five minutes”. Paul Braithwaite had broken his arm not long before during an attempt on Torre Egger, so he climbed the route with his arm in a cast... They made the ascent in two days, bivouaquing in a small ledge ten meters below the summit. Solo ascent. In 2/2007 Chilean Jimmy Mora did the first solo ascent of the route, the second solo ascent of the tower after Jon Walsh's solo of Como no! Colin Haley did the second solo ascent of the route in 12/2011. Winter ascent. In the early 1990s Basques Willy Bañales and Javi Mugarra climbed to three pitches from the summit.

Approach. Polacos.

Descent. Down the south ridge first, via variation 1.2, then via the same route.

Bibliography. Mountain 37 p. 11; Mountain 38 p. 31; AAJ 1975 p. 184-188.

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Aguja Rafael Juarez east face

Aguja Rafael Juarez south face

Aguja Rafael Juarez west face

Aguja Rafael Juarez west face



1.1 Kearney-Harrington

Alan Kearney and Sue Harrington (US), 29-30/1/1988.

Description. Climb the first three pitches of the Anglo-Americana then continue straight up, climbing the crack in the big dihedral. This 150-meter variation offers very high quality climbing, although some of it involves wide cracks (6b+). Kearney and Harrington, just as the first ascensionists, underestimated the size of the peak and were forced to an unplanned bivy.

Bibliography. AAJ 1989 p.176, p. 178; Climbing Magazine 110 p. 72-76.


1.3 Quilombo

250m 7a C1

Zack Smith and Heidi Wirtz (US), 30/1/2004.

Description. This route starts at the base of the Anglo-Americana dihedral to then head left onto the steep west face, along various right leaning cracks, with two short face sections heading ledt linking obvious crack systems. It offers sustained climbing, with four pitches harder than 6c, one of which, right before the ridge involves some aid, one of 6b and three of 6a. After these eight pitches the route joins the Anglo-Americana for four more pitches to the summit (400m altogether).

History. Heidi and Zach christened the route “Quilombo,” an Argentine slang word meaning “total mess”. They chose this name because they got to the top in horrible looking weather and Heidi's hand got tweaked somewhere along the way, leaving her laid up for the remainder of their trip.

Approach. Polacos.

Descent. Via the Anglo-Americana.



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