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South America, Argentine and Chilean Patagonia, Cerro Adela Central, Southeast Face, Winter Ascent

Cerro Adela Central, Southeast Face, Winter Ascent. Because of the war in Slovenia, my climbing partner was unable to leave our country to join me. I therefore modified my plans and headed for Cerro Adela instead. I believe I was the only climber in the region. Actually in mid-winter I found the weather stabler and less windy. The glacier approach was very dangerous when done solo. On July 5, I took seven hours to climb the 1200 meters of ice and mixed terrain. There were two pitches of 70° to 80° ice but the big problems were cornices. I descended the ridge to Adela Sur and then took the delicate ridge to the pass between Adela Sur and Cerro Ñato and down the steep side of Adela Sur. Two other different routes had been done on the face previously. Giancarlo Grassi and M. Rossi in 1986 climbed a route well to the left of mine to the summit of Adela Sur. In 1987, Sebastián de la Cruz climbed solo a route which I crossed twice, having started to the right of his route and also finishing to the right of his.

Peter Podgornik, Planinska zveza Slovenije