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South America, Argentine and Chilean Patagonia, 1989-1990

Paine Towers, 1989-1990. Japanese climbers Michihiro Kadoya and Yoshio Nabeta set up Base Camp on the western side of the Paine Towers on November 21, 1989. On the 26th, they set out on the Italian (Bich) route on the Torre Norte. They reached the Brecha Bich between the north and central towers in the afternoon and the summit at seven P.M. Descent was in the dark. Bad weather encrusted the towers with ice and prevented climbing for a long time. On January 7, they started up the Bonington-Whillans route on the Torre Central and reached the Brecha Bich in five hours. They bivouacked above the Gray Dihedral and climbed the next day to above the Red Dihedral, but bad weather forced them to retreat. Further details and photographs are in Iwa To Yuki, N° 141.