American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

South America, Chile and Argentina—Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, Cerro Torre Attempt

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  • Publication Year: 1979

Cerro Torre Attempt. In February and March the British climbers, Ben Campbell-Kelly and Brian Wyvill, made an unsuccessful attempt to climb the 4500-foot-high east face of Cerro Torre. For the first 1000 feet they followed the Maestri-Egger route and they then continued up the Bragg-Donini-Wilson route to 500 feet below the Col of Conquest. From there they climbed, mostly with direct aid, 800 feet up the very steep and in part overhanging groove and chimney on the right side of the east face. The weather turned worse and they had to retreat, still some 1300 feet below the top, after 28 days on the face.

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