Climbing Areas Archives: Patagonia

Viva Patagonia – First Ascent

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The Cerro Torre Interviews

Andrew Bisharat shares some of the interviews that went into an article he wrote for Rock & Ice about the Cerro Torre controversy.

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David Lama Cerro Torre Trailer

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Kruk & Kennedy Weigh In On Cerro Torre Controversy

Kruk & Kennedy Weigh In On Cerro Torre Controversy

Jason Kruk and Hayden Kennedy weigh on the recent Cerro Torre controversy

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The Plot Thickens On Cerro Torre

The Plot Thickens On Cerro Torre

The plot thickens on Cerro Torre as Kennedy & Kruk’s “fair means” ascent of the Compressor route is quickly followed by David Lama’s first free ascent.

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Understanding Patagonia

The news from the other day aside, things happening in Patagonia are usually outside my purview.  It’s not that I don’t respect what climbers do there, it’s more that I have a hard time identifying with what it must be like to climb there since I’ve never done anything like it.  Posts like this one from Mikey Schaefer that combine a story about a new route on the south face of Poincenot with some incredible photos sure do help though.

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Kennedy & Kruk Climb Compressor Route By “Fair Means”

A lot of sites, including Alpinist, have picked up on the update Colin Haley posted on his Facebook wall indicating that American Hayden Kennedy and Canadian Jason Kruk pulled off the long-awaited “fair-means” ascent of the Compressor Route on Cerro Torre’s Southeast Ridge in Patagonia. The line was infamously bolted using a gas-powered compressor drill by Cesare Maestri during the line’s first ascent in 1970, and this is the first time someone has successfully climbed the line without the use of this bolt ladder. No word on how they managed to pull this off without a camera crew and a slew of extra bolts to aid said camera crew. Developing…

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