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Aguja Bifida – North summit - West face

4. Hielo y Fuego

550m 6b A3

Paolo Cavagnetto, Roberto Giovanetto, Manlio Motto, Gianni Predan and Cesare Ravaschietto (Italy), 5-6 and 8-9/12/1996.

Description. Climbs an impressive dihedral on the west face that leads to the north ridge the summit pinnacle. All belays (bolts) and 6 pitons were left in place in this 16 pitch route. The last two pitches are in common with the Luthi-Bresba route.

It is a very beautiful and striking line on exceptional rock. As the first ascensionists pointed out, this is one of the only routes out of Circo de los Altares that actually reaches a real summit, the only other two exceptions are Otra Vez on Standhardt and the Ragni route on Torre .

History. The route was climbed with fixed ropes over four days. During the ascent the first ascensionists experienced extremely cold and extremely warm weather, hence the name, Hielo y Fuego (fire and ice).

Approach. Paso Marconi to Circo De los Altares or via Niponino and over Col Standhardt .

Descent. Via the same route (bolt anchors every 50 meters).

Bibliography. Rivista della Montagna 199 p. 12-13; High magazine 176 p. 74-76; Annales GHM 96/97 p. 38, p. 57; Pareti magazine 3 p. 19-20; Alp magazine 146 p. 96; Desnivel 130 p. 110.

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Aguja Bifida - west face


Aguja Bifida - southwest face



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Aguja Bifida - South summitEast face and south ridge 5. Filo Sur 6. Cheoma7. Cogan12. The Siren
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