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climbing on La Esfinge, Cordillera Blanca, Peru
Location: Paron Valley, Cordillera Blanca - Peru
Ojective: La Esfinge East Face 5325m


This is the story of the 'Cruz del Sur'. "We gave it this name because we saw the star shining high in the sky every night " says Mauro 'Bubu' Bole, and adds "apart from three snowfalls, the weather was always fantastic…"


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'La Esfinge', Cordillera Blanca, Peru
 
'La Esfinge' 5325m,
Paron Valley,
Cordillera Blanca - Peru

Photo Boris Strmsek


How many great walls are there on earth? Bob Dylan would answer "the answer my friend, is blowin' in the wind'. Perhaps it's because of this that mountaineers are always out there climbing some big wall, somewhere.

On 23 June 2000 three climbers left from Ljubljana airport: the Italian Mauro 'Bubu' Bole (32), the Slovenian Silvo Karo (40) and his compatriot Boris Strmsek, a journalist/freelance photographer. Their objective: to climb the enormous east face of La Esfinge (5325m), situated in Peru's Cordillera Blanca.

'Bubu', famous for his dry tooling ascents, extreme ski descents and hard new routes in the Dolomites, was about to get a taste of his first big wall experience abroad. His climbing partner, Silvo Karo, is well-known for his prolific new routing throughout the world, having taken part on 23 expeditions from the Himalayas to Patagonia. And Boris Strmsek planned to capture it all with his video camera: the mini-expedition was to be transmitted live on the internet via Ljubljana's Hit radio …


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