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Yerupajá is a mountain of the Huayhuash mountain range in west central Peru, part of the Andes. At 6,635 metres (21,768 ft) (other sources: 6,617 m (21,709 ft))[citation needed] it is the second-highest in Peru and the highest in the Huayhuash mountain range. The summit is the highest point in the Amazon River watershed, and was first reached in 1950 by Jim Maxwell and Dave Harrah, and its northern peak (Yerupajá Norte) in 1968 by the Wellingtonian Roger Bates and Graeme Dingle.

Yerupaja Grande.jpg
East Face, Yerupajá, May 2006
Highest point
Elevation6,635 m (21,768 ft)
Prominence2,028 m (6,654 ft)
Coordinates10°16′S 76°54′W / 10.267°S 76.900°W / -10.267; -76.900Coordinates: 10°16′S 76°54′W / 10.267°S 76.900°W / -10.267; -76.900
Yerupajá is located in Peru
LocationPeru, Ancash Region
Parent rangeAndes, Huayhuash mountain range
First ascent1950
Easiest routeglacier/snow/ice climb

Many visitors consider Yerupajá to be the most spectacular peak in South America.

There have been only a few successful ascents of the peak because it is one of the hardest Andean high peaks to climb. The most popular route is the southwest face. The approach is normally made from Huaraz southwards via Chiquián and Jahuacocha.

Notable ascentsEdit

  • 1950 Southern flank of West Face FA[clarification needed]of peak by David Harrah and James Maxwell.[1]
  • 1966 Direct West Face 2nd ascent of peak, FA of route over 13 days by Leif Patterson and Jorge Peterek.[1]
  • 1968 Northeast Face FA of route by Chris Jones and Paul Dix (summit, July 30), supported by Dean Caldwell and Roger Hart (all US).[2]
  • 1969 East Face by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler.
The south face of Yerupaja

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  1. ^ a b Graber, Michael (December 1995). "Yerupaja - The West Face Direct". Climbing (93): 30. ISSN 0045-7159.
  2. ^ Jones, Chris (1969). Carter, H. Adams (ed.). "Yerupaja - The Amazon Face". American Alpine Journal. Philadelphia, PA, US: American Alpine Club. 16 (43): 271–274.