Saturday, we went via 4WD to Refugio Lopez, at the center of Cerro Lopez, a granite/schist massif west of Bariloche. We took the vehicle to save time, as I only had a few days to climb. It's a 40 minute drive versus three or four hour hike. From the refugio, it is an hour approach to several climbs. On Saturday, we climbed the northern peak. The route starts at the patch of snow and goes straight up the crack. At the ridgeline, it traverses left to the summit. It's about 7 pitches, rated 5.7, but I think it was more like 5.6 with perhaps two 5.7 moves. Quite beautiful, and the views were spectacular. It stays in shadow all day long, which makes me think that it's probably a spectacular ice line in the winter.
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