Cerro Stanhardt, Leonardo Da Vinci. On the west face of Cerro Stanhardt, Frenchmen David Autheman and Antoine Noury attempted a new route to the summit of a pillar attached to the face, which they named “Punta Shanti.” They reached a point 50 meters below the top of Punta Shanti, and rated their efforts to that point at 5+/A2+, ED. Their 500-meter attempt, which they called Leonardo Da Vinci, was climbed over a three-week period with extensive use of fixed ropes. The summit of Punta Shanti is some 500 meters lower than the summit of Stanhardt itself. It is unclear whether their original intentions were to climb the whole face or just to the summit of this secondary pillar. The route was climbed between November 13 and December 15.
Rolando Garibotti, Club Andino Bariloche, Argentina