Sharon was hit by a falling stone in the small couloir through the rock band above the bergshrund. It was our mistake to begin climbing after losing so much time in the glacier approach from West.
Sharon studies the route above us on the Anqosh Face. Yanapaccha and Chopicalqui are behind her.
Sharon prepares to leave our bivi site beneath the final difficult pitches of the top headwall.
As Sharon surveys the final meters of the headwall, we anticipate a less exposed bivouac on the West Ridge.
Looming over our heads, the West Ridge seems within reach. Yet we must surmount a difficult, unprotected off width slot.
Easily the most challenging pitch on the climb, the off width slot is unprotectable and scary.
We are exhausted after surmounting the difficult last 100 meters to the Spanish West Ridge of Huascarán Sur.
We anchor our ropes to the rock for a bivouac underneath the huge cornices of the the West Ridge.