American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

South America, Argentine-Chilean Patagonia, Central Tower of Paine, West Face

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  • Publication Year: 1987

Central Tower of Paine, West Face. Fabrizio Defrancesco, Fabio Stedile and I arrived at Base Camp on October 14. After several unsuccessful attempts, stopped by bad weather, we finally completed on November 2 the first ascent of the west face of the Central Tower of Paine. The route followed a crack which starts at the bottom of the wall and ends at the top. In this wonderful red-colored rock in a dreamy landscape, you may still find many possibilities for new routes. We were climbing on eight days, bivouacked four times on the wall and climbed 800 vertical meters. There was continuous UIAA difficulty of VIII, A3.

Mario Manica, Club Alpino Italiano

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