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South America, Argentine Patagonia, Aguja Saint Exupery, South Face, Petit Prince, Variation and South Face, Attempt

Aguja Saint Exupery, South Face, Petit Prince, Variation and South Face, Attempt. Etienne Fine and Philippe Driel (France) completed the third ascent of Petit Prince between January 12-25, 2000. They fixed ropes on the lower half of the face and then completed the ascent climbing alpine style. From the top of the 14th pitch, instead of climbing left to the col between the two summits to join the Austrian South Pillar route, they climbed a four-pitch direct variation to the summit (A3). They thought the route was superb and fairly well protected from the strongest winds.

Marcelo Galghuera and Horacio Gratton (Argentina), with support from Jorge Garcia and Fernando Garmendia, made an attempt on the south face in early 2000. They attempted a line to the left of Petit Prince, climbing 60 meters of ice to 60°, followed by 80 meters of poor quality rock (black basalt band) and 130 meters on the wall itself (A2). They used fixed ropes on their attempt.

Rolando Garibotti, Club Andino Bariloche