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South America, Argentina, Argentine Patagonia, Various Ascents

Argentine Patagonia, Various Ascents. Argentine Rolando Garibotti and American Doug Byerly enjoyed a productive 1996-’97 Patagonian season, climbing the 1974 British Route (550 meters, 5.11 A0) on Aguja Inominata on December 2, the third ascent of Chiaro di Luna (780 meters, 5.11) on Aguja Saint Exupery on December 3, and the first complete ascent (in alpine style) of Tehuelche (1300 meters, 5.11 A2) on Fitz Roy. On December 28, Garibotti soloed the Keamey-Harrington route on the northwest face (600 meters, 5.10c, third ascent), climbing mainly unroped. He summited in a little under four hours (550 meters, 6a+). With Italian Gian Luca Maspes, Garibotti attempted Ensueño on Fitz Roy on January 17, and climbed Voie des Benitiers (350 meters, 5.11 Al) on Aguja El Mocho on January 18. With American Jimmy Surrette, on January 25, Byerly climbed the Monzino Route on the Torre del Norte in the Chilean Patagonia. A full account of their season appears earlier in this journal.