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El Gordo, El Flaco y l'Abuelito

First ascent: Rolando Larcher, Fabio Leoni & Elio Orlandi 02/2008
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Area: Patagonia, Group: Torres del Paine, Peak: Central Tower East Face, Height: 2460m, Country: Chile, Region: Patagonia

On 07 February 2008 the Italians Rolando Larcher, Fabio Leoni and Elio Orlandi succeded in reaching the summit of Patagonia's Central Tower of Paine via their new East Face route 'El Gordo, El Flaco y l'Abuelito'.

The 23 pitch line includes various 65/70m pitches climbed free up to 7a+, with some hard aid up to A3+ which totals circa 20% of the highly esthetic line. Gear was initially transported to the base of the route with the help of 5 other Italian mountaineers and when these left the trio set to work. They prepared the first section over a three day period before spending 11 days for their summit pilgrimage, which included a final 400m summit push.


Reach the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales. From Puerto Natales various bus operators offer open-ended return tickets to the park, almost 120km away. Buses depart at around 7 am and take over 4 hours to reach the park. The main entrance is Guardería & Rifugio Laguna Amarga, at the northern end of the park; all tourists are brought here and they must purchase a park permit and register before entering. Buses then continue to the Sede Administrativa Lago del Toro, from where most depart in the early afternoon for the return trip to Puerto Natales.


From Guardería Laguna Amarga walk to Campamento Torres and then the Torres del Paine Lookout. Details of the trek.

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