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Santa Cruz Valley Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 19,000'
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Santa Cruz is one of the most well known valleys on the Cordillera Blanca area, due to being home to one of the most famous treks (Santa Cruz) and of the most beautiful mountains in the world (Alpamayo). The area is climbable during the southern hemisphere summer, from May to September, when the weather is drier and long periods of sunny, calm weather alternate with a few days of precipitation.
Mountains accessible from this valley are Taulliraju, Quitaraju, Alpamayo, Santa Cruz and Artesonraju. Alpamayo gets quite crowded in June and July, other mountains tend to see much fewer groups throught the season.

Getting There 

There are two main base camps in this valley: Taullipampa is used for climbing Artesonraju (maybe Taulliraju) and for most people doing the Santa Cruz trek, and can be accessed via Cashapampa (shorter approach, 2 days) or Vaqueria (also 2 days but longer). Alpamayo base camp is another1-2h walk from Taullipampa depending on which direction you are coming from, and is used to climb Alpamayo, Quitaraju, and some faces in Jinhihirca.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.8 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Santa Cruz Valley

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Santa Cruz Valley:
Alpamayo French Direct   WI2     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1200'   
Artesonraju North Ridge   AI2-3     Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 3200'   
Quitaraju North Face Direct        Alpine, 8 pitches, 2700'   
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Featured Route For Santa Cruz Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: Alpamayo's iconic SW Face and the French Direct.

Alpamayo French Direct WI2  South America : Peru : ... : Santa Cruz Valley
The French Direct follows a prominent snow and ice flute in the middle of Alpamayo's iconic southwest face for 1,200 feet of sustained 60-ish degree snow and ice. It is currently the standard summit route.The start of the climbing is little more than a stroll from camp and chances are you will have watched at least one other party on the climb since you arrived. 250 feet of moderate to steep snow deliver one to the obvious bergschrund at the bottom of the face (some teams rop...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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