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South America, Argentine-Chilean Patagonia, Torres de Paine, South Tower, Nearly Complete Ascent of West Face, 1987

Torres de Paine, South Tower, Nearly Complete Ascent of West Face, 1987. We were Antonio Prestini, Lornza Bergamaschi, Enzo Parazzoli, Luciano Maiocchi, Elio Guastalli, Caterina Delle Mese and I as leader. We got to the “Italian Base Camp” on December 10, 1987. With quite good weather, Prestini and I repeated the 1958 Bich-Pession-Carrel-Pelissier route on the North Tower on December 18. Our real objective was a new route on the west face of the South Tower, on the gray-colored northwest buttress of the bottom part. Prestini and I climbed the buttress to its top where our route joined the southwest ridge, which had been climbed a month before by climbers from Toblino. We did not continue on to the summit because of a lack of time and worsening weather. In five days of climbing, from December 22 to 27, 1987, we climbed 700 vertical meters (UIAA VI + , A2).

Gianni Caronti, Club Alpino Italiano