There has been plenty of action in the hills over June. A French team apparently did a new route on the impressive south face of Illimani, a pro ski team did some out there skiing in the Condoriri area and on Huayna Potosi, including launching off cliffs, some probable first snowboard descents on Illimani and Sajama, a probable youngest ski/board descent of the high peak of Huayna Potosi by a 15 year old, some exploratory climbing and new routes by a British team in the little visited Kasiri area, a full traverse of the Illimani massif over 2 days and a new mixed route on Charquini. There is probably more to report so let us know what you’ve been up to for the next update.
Conditions were mostly fantastic for skiing/boarding up till mid June and have given way to good climbing conditions more recently. Last week a good storm and dump of snow along with strong Northerly to Westerly winds has complicated conditions for climbing for now, although penitente formation will have slowed which is a bonus for later in the season. There is still some wind about but hopefully that will get calmer over the coming week.