Here, Kathy has just finished
the steep section of our climb of Pico Schulze. Below her are several
pitches along a wonderful mixed rock and ice ridge, very exposed but not
too hard. From here there are moderate snow slopes to the distinct summit.
Pico Schulze is a satellite peak
of Illampu, but a great climbing objective in its own right. There are no
really easy ways up, but a number of great routes of all difficulties. We
used the ascent for acclimatization, before climbing nearby Illampu, but
found that the climb of Schulze was great fun, and a good challenge alone.
For anyone planning an ascent of Illampu I strongly recommend including
Pico Schulze as well.