American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Aguja Desmochada, CoDa

South America, Argentina and Chile, Southern Patagonia

  • Climbs And Expeditions
  • Author: Josh Wharton, AAC
  • Climb Year: 2011
  • Publication Year: 2011

In mid-February 2011, Neil Kauffman and I climbed a new route on Aguja Desmochada. After climbing the first five pitches of Golden Eagle we traversed right for 500', below the south face, to a point just right of the obvious overhanging pillar that flanks the wall’s right side. From here we climbed seven new pitches in mostly steep, right-facing corners, before gaining the lower-angled slabs above, and traversing back left to Golden Eagles finish. The route is relatively high quality (all routes on Desmochada have a bit of “ball-bearing rock”), and would be a worthy candidate for repeat ascents. I named the climb CoDa (V 5.12- A0), which means the end of a musical movement, and honors my dear friends Jonny Copp and Micah Dash.

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