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Yerupajá is the third highest mountain in Peru, the second highest if you count the two high peaks of Huascarán as a single mountain. Its name locally is El Carnicero, which means Butcher and refers to the incredible knife-sharpness of its summit ridge. Beneath the summit, sharp ridges and tangled glaciers drop with awesome sheer faces. This is considered by many to be the most spectacular peak in South America. A second peak known as Yerupajá Chico (20,082 ft.) is equally rugged, rising steeply just north of the high peak. For many years prior to its first successful ascent in 1950, Yerupaj? was the highest unclimbed peak in the Western Hemisphere. Today an approach to the mountain from the west requires only two days on foot (36 km).  Mining development on the northern edge of the Cordillera will soon provide road access near the mountain, further eroding its remoteness.

Elevation (feet): 21,765
Elevation (meters): 6,634
Continent: South America
Country: Peru
Range/Region: Peruvian Andes
Latitude: -10.2667
Longitude: -76.9
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1950
First successful climber(s): Dave Harrah, J. Maxwell
Nearest major airport: Lima, Peru
Convenient Center: Chiquian, Peru

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 2 trip reports for Yerupaja.

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  • Log #8157 - by Mark on Aug 05, 2001
    In reply to David Isles' entry, I think the other climber on his 1966 team was Les Wilson, father of David Wilson, who, in about 1998, with Andy Selters of Bishop, CA, tried to repeat the 1966 south...
  • Log #8158 - by Georg Fernsebner, Raimund Dornauer on Nov 05, 2000
    Aufstieg ueber die linke begrenzung der Westwand zur Nordwand am 26.05.83. Biwak am Grat, 27.05.83 ueberschreitung des Yerupaja von Nord nach Sued. Abstieg durch die Rinne vor dem Suedgipfel.