Cerro Pier Giorgio, First Complete Ascent

Last week the weather forecast showed one of the most promising windows of the 2013-2014 Chalten climbing season (which doesn't say much this year), and Rolo and I hiked into Niponino on the 22nd with ambitious plans. When we went to sleep it was snowing heavily, but we felt confident it would stop soon. When … Continue reading Cerro Pier Giorgio, First Complete Ascent

David Lama and Cerro Torre – Good news

A couple days ago, on January 28th, David Lama posted on his blog that he will not rappel-bolt on Cerro Torre. It is written in German, but Doerte Pietron made a quick translation for me. The third paragraph, where he refers about his planned tactics, roughly reads: "Unfortunately I couldn't take a look at the … Continue reading David Lama and Cerro Torre – Good news

Clarifications about Cerro Torre, David Lama and Redbull

After making my earlier blog post, most all of the climbers in El Chalten headed into the mountains in pursuit of a forecasted weather window. The weather window turned out worse than was forecasted, which was a relief for me because I've got a bit of a cold and wouldn't have been able to climb … Continue reading Clarifications about Cerro Torre, David Lama and Redbull

Cerro Torre, David Lama and Redbull

In 1959, Cesare Maestri attempted to climb Cerro Torre via it's North Face. At some point during the climb, descent, or descent of the glacier below the face, Maestri's climbing partner, Toni Egger, perished. Maestri claimed that they had made the first ascent of Cerro Torre, and the third member of the expedition, Cesarino Fava, … Continue reading Cerro Torre, David Lama and Redbull