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Pisco Normal Route 

   
Type:  Alpine, 3300', Grade III
Original: Mod. Snow [details]
FA: C. Kogan, G. Kogan, R. Ceninger, M. Lenoir 1951
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Submitted By: Evan Sloane on Mar 14, 2009

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Pisco standard route with a view of Artesonraju. J...

Description 

This route offers mostly straightforward glacier travel with a few short sections of steeper snow providing a bit of excitement. Spectacular views all around and an altitude of 5752m make this a deservedly popular outing.

Many parties climb Pisco from basecamp in the meadows, which adds a few hours of boulder hopping and scree to your day but at least you're not dragging a full camping kit along. Water can sometimes be difficult to find at the advanced moraine camp as well and may require a bit of a hike to get to. From basecamp, take the obvious trail leading towards Pisco, past some boulders, and up a ridge to the start of the moraine field. Follow cairns (or your nose) across the field, generally aiming for a ridge that leads up to the left side of the glacier. Just before gaining the ridge, you'll pass above a lake. If you are setting up an advanced camp, continue past the ridge for a short ways to a flat open area. Once on the glacier climb a short ways up to the saddle between Pisco and Huandoy Este. From this point the ridge rolls out before you towards the summit. Pick your way up the crevassed ridge passing a short steep crux section about 2/3 of the way up. More great views are to be had from the broad flat summit.

To descend, reverse the route.

Protection 

Alpine axe. In some years it might be nice to have an extra tool for climbing/downclimbing the crux, ask around for current conditions. A few pickets.


Photos of Pisco Normal Route Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Dawn high on Pisco. July 2016.
Dawn high on Pisco. July 2016.
Rock Climbing Photo: Pisco summit with Huandoy Norte and Este in the ba...
Pisco summit with Huandoy Norte and Este in the ba...
Rock Climbing Photo: Huandoy Sur as seen from the standard route on Pis...
Huandoy Sur as seen from the standard route on Pis...
Rock Climbing Photo: The crux in summer '06
The crux in summer '06
Rock Climbing Photo: The impressive Chacraraju from the summit of Pisco
The impressive Chacraraju from the summit of Pisco
Rock Climbing Photo: Near the crux with Huandoy in the background
Near the crux with Huandoy in the background
Rock Climbing Photo: On the ridge
On the ridge
Rock Climbing Photo: Start of the ridge
Start of the ridge
Rock Climbing Photo: Artesonraju as seen from the saddle at the start o...
Artesonraju as seen from the saddle at the start o...
Rock Climbing Photo: Approach to meadow camp with Pisco in the backgrou...
Approach to meadow camp with Pisco in the backgrou...

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By David
Jun 14, 2017

We attempted the mountain in a single push from base camp, and found crossing the moraine to be the trickiest part of the climb.

The day before, I highly recommend scouting out the route through the moraine. Once you hike up the moraine ridge from the hut, you have to immediately descend. Don't follow the cairns to the left - there's no easier way over there. The Johnson guide merely says to "descend." What this really means is to look for a large boulder with two bolts and a long chain. This is a loose 4th class descent. Either use the chain as a hand line or rap. On the way back up, it's best to go one at a time and wear helmets. This creates a bottleneck in the afternoon.

The rest of the route through the moraine is circuitous and easy to get lost on, even in the day if it's your first time. If I could do it over again, I would budget more time to acclimate and stay at moraine camp, so that I wouldn't have to cross the moraine in the dark on the day of the climb.

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