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- American alpinist Colin Haley made the first solo ascent of Torre Egger (2685m), which many consider to be the hardest peak in the Torre group, on Tuesday, January 19. Haley said that after his first solo ascent of Aguja Standhardt in 2010, "Torre Egger became the focus of my soloing aspirations."
Climbing - Colin Haley and Andy Wyatt, both from the United States, have completed the first known one-day “car to car” ascent of Cerro Fitz Roy in Patagonia. The two did the round-trip from the roadside near the town of El Chaltén in 21 hours 8 minutes, climbing the Supercanaleta route on Fitz Roy's west face and descending the French Route on the south side.
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- The outdoor and conservation world lost a longtime leader when explorer and conservationist Doug Tompkins died Tuesday following a kayaking accident in Chilean Patagonia.
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- Patagonia's storms are legendary, and climbing there in winter is brutally cold. It's rare for climbers, especially soloists, to visit in the off-season.
Gripped - Two South American climbers are the first to stand on Malaspina 3,776 metres in the Saint Elias Mountains in Yukon.
Salt Lake City, Utah (May 27, 2015)-
The North Face Chilean Freeride Championships will take place at El Colorado Ski Resort, Chile, on July 20-26, 2015. The event will launch the 2015-16 big mountain Freeride Series, which is the fusion of the Freeskiing World Tour and Masters of Snowboarding. Registration for pre-qualified athletes will open May 29 at 10 a.m. MDT and all open athletes may apply beginning June 2. For more details about registration and to view the pre-qualified athlete list, click here
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- In the summer of 2011, Mike Ybarra cornered me inside the tourist-laden Yosemite Lodge cafeteria and asked me if I wanted to go open a new route with him in Northern Patagonia. Controversial landowner, conservationist, and businessman Doug Tompkins (about whom Mike was writing a book) had given him a picture of what looked like a taller, more feral brother of El Capitan.
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- On April 27, two days after the earthquake that rocked Nepal, at least 160 mountaineers—guides, clients, and their hired Sherpas— radioed for helicopter evacuations off Mount Everest. The calls for help meant that a significant portion of the helicopters in Nepal were unavailable to assist with search-and-rescue efforts elsewhere in the country.
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- The eruption of Chile’s 6,500-foot Calbuco volcano
on April 22 blacked out the sun and rained down 20 inches of ash—enough to collapse the roofs of homes in the nearby town of Ensenada. The ash cloud, carried by winds out of the southwest, darkened the skies above Buenos Aires, almost 1,000 miles away.
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- On February 21, 2015, Caroline (Caro) North and Christina Huber (AU) reached the summit of 10,262-foot Cerro Torre via the Ragni Route (M4 90 degrees, 600m), marking the first all-female team ascent, done free and unsupported, of the Patagonian tower. (In 2005, Monika Kambic and Tanja Grmovsek climbed the mountain's Compressor Route; Kambic was hit by falling ice on the headwall, and the two women jumared a rope that had been fixed over the crux pitch by another party to reach the summit.) Two years prior, North had attempted the West Face with French climber Laure Batoz but was forced to turn around just two pitches below the top. "Since then, the mountain stayed in my mind, and the motivation was big to go back to reach its mushroom summit," says North. That year was her first season in Patagonia, and she had never thought about climbing Cerro Torre until talking with Dorte Pietron (DE), who had made the first female ascent of the Ragni Route in 2008.