Central Tower of Paine, South-Southwest Face, 1986. Italians climbed a new route on the south-southwest face of the Central Tower of Paine. The route, which rises from the col between the central and south towers, crosses the bottom of the Kearney-Knight route. The climb gained 800 meters on excellent, vertical granite. The difficulties were UIAA VI and A3. They made three attempts and spent five nights bivouacking on the wall. They finally got to the summit on December 24, 1986 and made another bivouac on the descent. The climbers were Dario Spreafico, Carlo Besana, Renato Da Pozzo, Marco Ballerini and Norberto Riva.
Gastón Oyarzún, Federación de Andinismo de Chile