In mid-July a team of four climbers completed a line first ascended by Jeff Lowe in 1985 on Trapecio (5644m), Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru.
Pavle Kozjek, Miha Lampreht, Branko Ivanek from Slovenia and Aritza Monasterio from Spain climbed Lowe's solo testpiece which ended some 250m below the top. At the time Lowe wisely backed off, grading the route ED+, 700m and describing it as being one of his hardest solo climbs ever.
The four-man team set off at 5.00 am on 10/07/2005 and, after a twelve hour push, reached the summit at 5.00pm. They descended down the N Face, reaching basecamp at 2.30am. They graded the climb ED+ (AI6, M5, A2) 800m and stated that snow and ice conditions, compared to those 20 years ago, were considerably different.
Check out the ascent report and interesting photos of the face, how it was then and how, twenty years on, it is now...