American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

South America, Chile, Paine Group, Torre Innominata, Patagonia

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  • Publication Year: 1967

Paine Group, Torre Innominata, Patagonia. The Italians Armando Aste and Franco Solina were joined in the Argentine by Italian residents of that country, Cesarino Fava, Fausto Barozzi, Mario Castillazo and Filippo Frasson, and the Argentine Alberto Aristarain. After arrival in the region on January 16, from the western side of the peak, they made four distinct attempts with nine bivouacs on their principal objective, the Torre Innominata (nameless tower) of the Paine Group. Although plagued by constant bad weather and high winds, they got to within 200 feet of the final ramp leading to the summit. They made the first ascents of seven lesser summits, none of which can be identified from their descriptions: one was a "Matterhorn-like” peak; the others were on two three-peaked ridges.

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