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South America, Argentine-Chilean Patagonia, Torre Norte del Paine, Corn Wall

Torre Norte del Paine, Corn Wall. After a failed attempt on the east face of Cerro Torre, we returned to the Paine Towers. On February 15, Leigh McGinley, Celia Bull and I ascended a new route on the southwest spur of the west face of the Torre Norte, which began to the left (north) of the normal Monzino route. We climbed eight pitches or some 600 vertical meters to join the normal route, which we then followed to the summit. Much of the climbing was of V+ and VI difficulty with a crux of VII. We used no pitons or bolts. We descended the whole normal route, finding our route less complicated and pleasanter.

Paul Pritchard, North Wales