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South America, Argentina, Argentine Patagonia, Aguja Bifida, West Face

Aguja Bifida, West Face, Various Ascents. It was reported that Italians P. Cavagneto, R. Giovanetto, M. Motto, G. Predan, and C. Ravaschietto climbed two striking new lines on this seldom-visited formation. Hielo y Fuego (535 meters, 6b A3), which ascends the main dihedral on the face, was climbed on December 5, 6, 8, and 9, 1996. The route was partly fixed. Immediately after finishing this route, on December 10, the team began work on another line on the north gendarme to the right of the main summit. They fixed 200 meters of rope, then, on the 11th, climbed five pitches. The next day they climbed another five pitches, arriving at the end of the wall beneath the summit gendarme on the ridge that faces the Cuatro Dedos. Descent was made via the same line. They named the route Su Patagonia (680 meters, TD+ 6b+ A2). (Rivista della Montagna 199)