Siula Grande

Details

Elevation (feet): 2,115
Elevation (meters): 6,344
Continent: South America
Country: Peru
Range/Region: Peruvian Andes
Latitude: -10.2833
Longitude: -76.8833
Difficulty: Major Mountain Expedition
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul
Year first climbed: 1936
First successful climber(s): Arnold Awerzger and Erwin Schneider
Nearest major airport: Lima

Thanks to Ian Elks for adding this peak.

Description

Siula Grande is a mountain in the Cordillera Huayhuash, in the Peruvian Andes. It is 6344 m high and has a subpeak Siula Chico 6260 m high.[1]

It was made famous by the book Touching the Void by Joe Simpson, about an ascent and subsequent harrowing descent of the mountain by him and Simon Yates in 1985. The book was made into a film of the same title in 2003. Although they ascended the West face, and thereby became the first to reach the summit by that route, they chose the North Ridge (first descended in 1936 by a German team) for their descent, which was made almost impossible by horrible weather. All subsequent climbers have avoided the ridge and rappelled back down the face. As of 2002 the south face has been unconquered.

Siula Chico is a subpeak about 6260 metre high separated from Siula Grande by an approximately 6000 metre col. Mountaineers considered the easiest route to its summit was via Siula Grande's summit and it was so conquered by Manfred Sturm's 1966 expedition. Spanish alpinists Jordi Corominas and Oriol Baro made the first ascent of Chico's west face, and second ascent of the peak, in 2007 May.

Thanks to Ian Elks for this description.