ThisisChile.cl - Even though the weather is starting to warm up, preparations are well underway for a frigid winter race that takes brave participants over rivers, around lakes and down frozen roads in Chile’s Aysén Region.
Climbing - British climbers Jerry Gore, Calum Muskett, and Mike "Twid" Turner, along with French cameraman Raphael Jochaud, reached the top of the southeast face of the South Tower of Paine, one of the world's great unclimbed walls, after about three weeks of effort. But ferocious winds on their final day of climbing prevented them from tagging the summit of the tower.
Planet Mountain - In September Hervé Barmasse with Martin Castrillo made the first winter ascent of Cerro Pollone and with Martin Castrillo and Pedrito el "fino" the first ascent (in winter) of two of the three Colmillos summits in the Cordon Marconi area.
PlanetMountain.com - Interview with Chilean alpinist Camilo Rada after the first ascent, carried out with Natalia Martinez from Argentina, of a new route up the North Face of Monte Sarmiento in Patagonia. Suerte de Sarmiento is only the second route to the East summit after the first ascent carried out by Clemente Maffei and Carlo Mauri in 1956.
PlanetMountain.com - On 30 July Stephan Siegrist, Dani Arnold, Thomas Huber and Matias Villavicencio succeeded in a rare winter ascent of Cerro Torre, Patagonia.
A team of highly experienced alpinists comprised of Switzerland's Stephan Siegrist and Dani Arnold, Germany's Thomas Huber and Argentina's Matias Villavicencio has made an outstanding and extremely rare winter ascent of Cerro Torre by climbing the famous Via dei Ragni and summiting on 30 July in excellent conditions. This is only the second known winter ascent of the Ragni route - after Siegrist's ascent in 1999 together with Gregory Crouch, David Fasel and Thomas Ulrich - and the third known winter ascent of Cerro Torre altogether. The first winter ascent of Cerro Torre was carried out in 1985 by the Italians Paolo Caruso, Maurizio Giarolli, Ermanno Salvaterra and Andrea Sarchi who climbed Maestri's Compressor Route.
Update: The Mountaineering Commission met in Bavšica, Slovenia in March, 2013 to discuss among other things a training course for sport climbing that was submitted by the Federación de Andinismo de Chile (FEACH). The Training Standards Panel reviewed the proposal and is pleased to report that the course has been accredited by the UIAA - International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation. With the approval, Chile becomes the the first South American country (and Federation) to hold a UIAA Training Label for Sport Climbing.
UIAA - The Federación de Andinismo de Chile (FEACH) along with the UIAA Training Standards panel is hosting its first UIAA-approved seminar in South America in the mountains around Santiago, Chile.
Climbing Magazine - Those amazing Belgian big-wall free climbers have been at it again, this time in Patagonia, where three Belgians did the first free ascents of a pair of routes in Torres del Paine National Park (Chile), and then two of them went on to free a huge new route on Fitz Roy in Argentina.