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South America, Chile, Monte Trinidad, Northeast Face

Monte Trinidad, Northeast Face. Pablo Pontoriero and Diego Cannestraci put up a new route on the northeast face of Monte Trinidad (ca. 1700m) on February 10-11. The route, Vamos con Peto (6b+, 450m), follows a crack system in the center of the face. Due to the prevailing humidity in the area, one encounters moss and lichen on new routes. Despite this characteristic, the rock is an excellent granite. They set up Base Camp on the bank of the Cochamó River, a five-or six-hour walk from the village. From there, they made the approach to the base of the route in four hours. This final part was made easier because of the trail opened by Simon Nadin (U.K.) the previous season.

On February 10, they climbed the first seven pitches and bivouacked on a ledge. The next day, they climbed the last two pitches and descended to the base of the route. They left only two bolts at the end of the seventh pitch. At the moment of writing this account, there was a group of Brazilian and Italian climbers in the valley working on new routes. The place holds an enormous potential, with granite walls of 700-800 meters.

Facundo José, Club Andino Bariloche