|SECOND ASCENT OF LOWE'S ROUTE ON TRAPECIO|
ClimbAndMore: The ascent of the South Face of Trapecio was not the first route you climbed in the Peruvian Andes. You've climbed in the Himalaya, Patagonia, Karakoram, but it seems that the Peruvian Andes are your favourite. Why?
Pavle Kozjek: There are many reasons. Andean mountains are ideal for fast lightweight ascents which I like most; you can climb something good in 3 weeks and that goes well with my regular job (application development), and I like the way of life down there: I've got many friends in Peru and I feel there almost like at home. I'm still thinking about the Himalaya and other mountains, but I have to be careful with my toes and fingers; they are very sensitive after the frostbites on the south face of Shisha Pangma (new route with A. ©tremfelj, 1989)
In recent years you turned your attention to the Cordillera Huayhuash. What special do you find about that range?
It's a very beautiful and rather undeveloped range, with many possibilities for new routes.
For the last years you concentrated on establishing new routes in the Cordillera Huayhuash. What inspired you to repeat the old Jeff Lowe's route? The legend connected with the route, or maybe also the fact that it wasn't finished and you had a chance to make the first complete ascent of the South Face (since neither Lowe nor the French team, which made a new route in 1997, reached the summit)?
All the things you mentioned, and some more. It was a challenge. It's also a beautiful line, and I always look also at the aesthetic component of a climb.