Artesonraju

Artesonraju

Artesonraju is a peak in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, a part of the Peruvian Andes known for some of the world's best climbing. It is a beautiful ice pyramid located between the ravines of Santa Cruz to the North and Parón to the South.

There are two main climbing routes: the first one runs along the North ridge, from Santa Cruz ravine, and the second crosses the Southeast face starting in Parón lagoon. This latter demands good ice climbing technique, as it is about 50 degrees steep for well over 600 vertical metres.

The summit ridge of Artesonraju is well known for its fragility and special care must be taken: there is an unusually high chance of avalanches at the start of the climbing season.

It is claimed that this is the mountain in the live-action logo of Paramount Pictures, its summit ringed with 24 and 22 stars.

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