Anfiteatro, New Routes
South America, Chile, Northern Patagonia, Cochamó
In February 2013, after six sunny weeks of climbing in Cochamó, May Martin, Tyler Gagne, and I finished our trip by opening two new routes on Cerro Espejo in the Anfiteatro. The first, Antes de la Lluvia (475m, 5.8), wanders up a natural weakness through ramps and corners for 275m before reaching a large, left-trending staircase. From here 200m of easier climbing gains the summit shoulder. The second, Through the Looking Glass (440m, 5.11b), takes a steeper, more direct line just to the left of Antes de la Lluvia. It follows good cracks in a prominent right-facing corner system for three pitches before exiting the corner and climbing the clean outside face for two bolted pitches. It is possible to rappel via fixed anchors or traverse across a ledge to the 200m great staircase shared with Antes de la Lluvia.