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Reuters-Fotograf David Mercado heftete sich an die Fersen der Aymara-Frauen und folgte ihnen auf die Berggipfel Boliviens.

Aymara indigenous women practise on a glacier of the Huayna Potosi mountain on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, April 6, 2016. Two years ago, about a dozen Aymara indigenous women, aged 42 to 50, who worked as porters and cooks for mountaineers at base camps and mountain climbing refuges on the steep, glacial slopes of Huayna Potosi, an Andean peak outside La Paz, Bolivia, put on crampons under their wide traditional skirts and started to do their own climbing. REUTERS/David Mercado SEARCH "CHOLITA CLIMBERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Vor zwei Jahren beschlossen elf bolivianische Aymara-Frauen, dass sie auch hoch hinauswollen. Die Frauen, die bisher als Köchinnen und Lastenträgerinnen in Basislagern und Berghütten gearbeitet hatten, montierten die Steigeisen und haben seither fünf Berggipfel in der Region La Paz bezwungen.

 

Aymara indigenous women prepare at the Huayna Potosi mountain refuge, Bolivia April 6, 2016. Two years ago, about a dozen Aymara indigenous women, aged 42 to 50, who worked as porters and cooks for mountaineers at base camps and mountain climbing refuges on the steep, glacial slopes of Huayna Potosi, an Andean peak outside La Paz, Bolivia, put on crampons under their wide traditional skirts and started to do their own climbing. REUTERS/David Mercado SEARCH "CHOLITA CLIMBERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Der Helm schützt vor Steinschlag: Die Frauen bereiten sich in der Huayna-Potosi-Berghütte auf den Aufstieg vor.

Aymara indigenous woman Lidia Huayllas, 48, poses for a photograph at the Huayna Potosi mountain, Bolivia April 6, 2016. Two years ago, about a dozen Aymara indigenous women, aged 42 to 50, who worked as porters and cooks for mountaineers at base camps and mountain climbing refuges on the steep, glacial slopes of Huayna Potosi, an Andean peak outside La Paz, Bolivia, put on crampons under their wide traditional skirts and started to do their own climbing. REUTERS/David Mercado SEARCH "CHOLITA CLIMBERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Lidia Huayllas (48) und Dora Magueno (50).

Aymara indigenous woman Bertha Vedia, 48, poses for a photograph at the Huayna Potosi mountain, Bolivia April 6, 2016. Two years ago, about a dozen Aymara indigenous women, aged 42 to 50, who worked as porters and cooks for mountaineers at base camps and mountain climbing refuges on the steep, glacial slopes of Huayna Potosi, an Andean peak outside La Paz, Bolivia, put on crampons under their wide traditional skirts and started to do their own climbing. REUTERS/David Mercado SEARCH "CHOLITA CLIMBERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Bertha Vedia (48) und Domitila Alana (42).

An Aymara indigenous woman practises climbing on the Huayna Potosi mountain, Bolivia April 6, 2016. Two years ago, about a dozen Aymara indigenous women, aged 42 to 50, who worked as porters and cooks for mountaineers at base camps and mountain climbing refuges on the steep, glacial slopes of Huayna Potosi, an Andean peak outside La Paz, Bolivia, put on crampons under their wide traditional skirts and started to do their own climbing. REUTERS/David Mercado SEARCH "CHOLITA CLIMBERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Bunte Tradition über der Funktionskleidung: Die Frauen des indigenen Volkes der Aymara klettern in den Fussstapfen ihrer Männer, welche ihren Lebensunterhalt als Bergführer verdienen.

Aymara indigenous women are seen at the Huayna Potosi mountain, Bolivia April 6, 2016. Two years ago, about a dozen Aymara indigenous women, aged 42 to 50, who worked as porters and cooks for mountaineers at base camps and mountain climbing refuges on the steep, glacial slopes of Huayna Potosi, an Andean peak outside La Paz, Bolivia, put on crampons under their wide traditional skirts and started to do their own climbing. REUTERS/David Mercado SEARCH "CHOLITA CLIMBERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Die Frauen trainieren regelmässig mit dem langfristigen Ziel, den knapp 7000 Meter hohen Aconcagua, den höchsten Berg der Anden, zu bezwingen.

Aymara indigenous women rest at the Huayna Potosi mountain, Bolivia April 6, 2016. Two years ago, about a dozen Aymara indigenous women, aged 42 to 50, who worked as porters and cooks for mountaineers at base camps and mountain climbing refuges on the steep, glacial slopes of Huayna Potosi, an Andean peak outside La Paz, Bolivia, put on crampons under their wide traditional skirts and started to do their own climbing. REUTERS/David Mercado SEARCH "CHOLITA CLIMBERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Verschnaufpause vor dem Abstieg: Nach dem Training am Huayna Potosi haben sich die Frauen eine kurze Rast verdient, …

Aymara indigenous women practise descending on a glacier at the Huayna Potosi mountain, Bolivia April 6, 2016. Two years ago, about a dozen Aymara indigenous women, aged 42 to 50, who worked as porters and cooks for mountaineers at base camps and mountain climbing refuges on the steep, glacial slopes of Huayna Potosi, an Andean peak outside La Paz, Bolivia, put on crampons under their wide traditional skirts and started to do their own climbing. REUTERS/David Mercado SEARCH "CHOLITA CLIMBERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

…bevor sie den steinigen Rückweg in Angriff nehmen.

Aymara indigenous women descend after practicing on a glacier at the Huayna Potosi, Bolivia April 6, 2016. Two years ago, about a dozen Aymara indigenous women, aged 42 to 50, who worked as porters and cooks for mountaineers at base camps and mountain climbing refuges on the steep, glacial slopes of Huayna Potosi, an Andean peak outside La Paz, Bolivia, put on crampons under their wide traditional skirts and started to do their own climbing. REUTERS/David Mercado SEARCH "CHOLITA CLIMBERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Zwei leuchtende Punkte in der Geröllwüste: Die farbenfrohen Kleider der Aymara-Frauen heben sich vom Grau der steinigen Umgebung ab.

Aymara indigenous women Bertha Vedia (L), Dora Magueno (C) and Lidia Huayllas sit in a car in El Alto, Bolivia, April 6, 2016. Two years ago, about a dozen Aymara indigenous women, aged 42 to 50, who worked as porters and cooks for mountaineers at base camps and mountain climbing refuges on the steep, glacial slopes of Huayna Potosi, an Andean peak outside La Paz, Bolivia, put on crampons under their wide traditional skirts and started to do their own climbing. REUTERS/David Mercado SEARCH "CHOLITA CLIMBERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Müde, aber glücklich: Bertha, Dora und Lidia auf der Rückfahrt nach El Alto, Bolivien.