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South America, Chilean-Argentinian Patagonia, Fitz Roy

Fitz Roy. West German Reinhard Karl (killed later in the spring of 1982 on the south face of Cho Oyu) and Spaniard Luis Fraga were plagued by the usual bad weather in Patagonia in late 1981 and early 1982. Over a period of two months, using the best of the weather, they made several attempts on the Super Couloir, one which brought them up some 3500 feet and the last of which took them to within 1000 feet of the summit at the top of the Couloir. There they encountered frightful weather. After three bivouacs and a severe slip, they had to admit defeat and rappelled down the couloir. Karl then joined with two Swiss, Peter Spiri and Toni Lüthi, on the American route. On February 14 they climbed from the Collado de la Silla to Karl’s previous high point. The next morning they reached the summit.