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Santa Cruz Valley Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 19,000'
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Leading one of the intermediate pitches.


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: Quitaraju North Face seen from Alpamayo col camp.

Quitaraju North Face Direct   South America : Peru : ... : Santa Cruz Valley
Quitaraju´s North Face Direct (alpine D) is a straight forward direct route that leads to one of the most exposed ridges of the Cordillera Blanca, with huge drops on both sides. Depending on the season, this can be a snow climb or a delicate ice climb. The actual wall makes for about half of the altitude gain (around 1300 ft), mostly on 55°, a little steeper as you approach the summit ridge.Usually the route is a straight line but some seasons with more snow result in cornices of sugary snow o...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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