American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

South America, Chile, FitzRoy, Patagonia

  • Climbs And Expeditions
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  • Publication Year: 1966

FitzRoy, Patagonia. The expedition led by Jorge Peterek had very bad luck. They intended to climb FitzRoy in February following the French route on the east face. After reaching the region in a spell of bad weather, not unusual in Patagonia, they dug a big ice cave on the saddle, where they established an advanced base camp, well stocked with food and equipment. When the good weather finally came — they had five magnificent days — they again climbed to the saddle. To their dismay, they found that snowfall and avalanches had completely covered the entrance, which they failed to find in three days of continuous digging.

Joaquín Allolio, Centro Andino Buenos Aires

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