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South America, Argentine and Chilean Patagonia, Cerro Torre Valley, Various Ascents

Cerro Torre Valley, Various Ascents. In January, during a four-week stay in Bridwell Camp and thanks to the cooperation of the weather, I managed to accomplish with various partners several interesting ascents. On January 10, Conrad Anker, Steve Gerberding, and I climbed Cerro Stanhardt by the route Exocet. We took nine hours from the snow cave at the base of Cerro Torre’s East Face to the summit. On January 18 Adrian Da Coincercao and I climbed the Voie des Benitiers on Cerro el Mocho, an excellent 12-pitch rock climb that goes mostly free. On January 24, Charlie Fowler and I climbed the Kearney Route on the West Face of Aguja Saint Exupery (700 meters, 5.10+). The next day, thanks to the continuing good weather, we went on to ascend Aguja Innominata by the 1974 British Route (450 meters, 5.10+/A0). After one rest day, on January 27, we climbed the Carrington-Rouse Route on the West Face of Aguja Poincenot (1000 meters, 5.10). It took us six and one-half hours to climb this line. We descended the Patagonicos Desperados route on the East Face and arrived in Rio Blanco just in time for some asado. On February 2, I went on to climb the East Ridge of Cerro Grande (600 meters, 60°).

Rolando Garibotti, Club Andino Bariloche