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Canadians Climb New Alpine on Chacraraju in Peru

Canadians Quentin Lindfield Roberts and Alik Berg have climbed a big new route on Chacraraju Este, a 6,001-metre peak in Peru.

Lindfield noted after their ascent, “We’re stoked! The Devil’s Reach Around took two days. Our ascent was the fastest and first free-ascent of the face at around M6 5.10 90 degrees.

“Every section we thought was going to stop us turned out to be pretty chill, and we had lots of siesta time on the way. Super rad line on quality stone (mostly).”

Charcraraju is in the Cordillera Blanca in the Andes range and has two peaks, Chacraraju Oeste, the west summit, and Chacraraju Este, the east summit.

It is considered one of the most difficult peaks to climb in the Andes about 6,000 metres and there are many difficult routes.

The first ascent of Chakraraju Oeste, the higher of the two peaks, was in 1962 by Lionel Terray up the now normal route of the northeast face and northeast ridge.