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Monday, August 18

Increasing number of climbing accidents in Peruvian Andes

Beauty Masks Deadly Danger in Peru's Icy Andes: "An unpredictable climate many blame on global warming and El Nino and a steady stream of often ill-prepared climbers have prompted a rash of accidents in this dramatic stretch of Andean peaks 300 miles north of Lima -- some of the most challenging climbing in the hemisphere.
Since June, 11 people, nearly all foreigners, have died in the stretch of peaks known as the Cordilleras Blanca and Huayhuash. And more than a month remains in the June through September climbing season which draws about 5,000 climbers yearly." Reuters

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