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South America, Chile, Northern Patagonia, Cochamo, Atardecer, Al Centro y Adentro

Atardecer, Al Centro y Adentro. In February 2012 North American J.B. Haab and I opened Al Centro y Adentro (12 pitches, 5.11c) on Atardecer, a previously unclimbed wall in the Amfiteatro of Cochamo. The route follows 450m of nearly vertical splitter cracks and fun face up the center of the wall, and includes climbing behind a large flake. With this route being our baby, I encouraged recently arrived Alex Honnold to give it a try. He onsight soloed up to the crux on pitch five, before roping in with his partner Cedar Wright to complete the rest. They commented that the quality was comparable to Yosemite’s Rostrum and Astroman.

Daniel Seeliger, Chile, www.cochamo.com