Outdoors

El Condor Pasa, Slovaks climb new big wall in Cochamó valley, Chile

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Planet Mountain - Slovakian climbers Josef KristoffyMartin Krasnansky and Vlado Linek have recently returned home from a successful expedition to Patagonia's Cochamó valley where they forged El Condor Pasa up the Northwest Face of Cerro Trinidad Central.
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Colin Haley solo on Torre Egger

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Alpinist - 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."
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Climbing: Fitz Roy road-to-road in a day

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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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Everything we know about the kayak accident that claimed Doug Tompkins' life

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Canoe & Kayak - 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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Climbing: Soloists visit Patagonia in winter

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The Alpinist - 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.
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Two South American climbers are the first to stand on Malaspina

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Gripped - Two South American climbers are the first to stand on Malaspina 3,776 metres in the Saint Elias Mountains in Yukon.
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The North Face Chilean Freeride Championships launch the 2016 Freeskiing World Tour

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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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Climbing: El Hermano, cenizas a cenizas

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American Alpine JournalIn 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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How Everest climbers made the Nepal earthquake even worse

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Vice Sports - 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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What does Chile’s latest volcano eruption mean for recreation?

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Outside - 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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