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'National Geographic' and Cerro Torre, Patagonia

25.03.2000 by

National Geographic’s March issue publishes an account of the first winter ascent of Cerro Torre’s west face by Stephan Siegrist, G. Crouch, D. and T. Ulrich.


The March edition of 'National Geographic' contains an article about the first winter ascent of Cerro Torre's west face, scaled by the Swiss Stefan Siegrist, David and Thomas Ulrich and the Californian Gregory Crouch.

Cerro Torre, symbol of Patagonia, has never previously been climbed in winter and its difficult west face had seen only 7 ascents overall. The four mountaineers spent 58 days enduring Patagonian storms and their first attempt was thwarted at 2/3 height due to raging winds. Rime ice, eight hours of daylight and a shortage of headlamp batteries added to their difficulties.

The highly controversial first ascent of Cerro Torre is accredited to Cesare Maestri and Toni Egger for their 1959 climb.

The first winter ascent dates back to 1985, when a four-man Italian team climbed Maestri's 1970 "Compressor route".

Written by Gregory Crouch and accompanied by exceptional photos by Thomas Ulrich, the article is a feast for the eyes and an inspiration to many.

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