American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

South America, Argentine-Chilean Patagonia, Cerro Gardener and Cerro Matacaballos

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  • Publication Year: 1994

Cerro Gardener and Cerro Matacaballos. Argentines José Luis Fonrouge, Alberto del Castillo and his wife Paula Marechal with Australian Murray Inglis were active on the Glaciar Perito Moreno and the Southern Patagonian Icecap. They crossed the Brazo Rico of Lago Argentino and placed Base Camp near the glacier. They took 20 days finding a route through the crevassed glacier for 30 kilometers to the foot of Cerro Gardener near the Chilean frontier. On the way, they climbed by its west face a 1700-meter peak south of Cerro Moreno, which they called Cerro Matacaballos. On September 18, they began traversing the final sea of séracs of the Perito Moreno. They camped at 700, 900 and 1100 meters. On September 21, they reached the summit of Gardener (2400 meters, 7874 feet) by the south ridge at midday to complete the first ascent.

Marcelo Scanu, Grupo de Montaña Huamán, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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