Rock and Ice -
Pioneering soloist and adventurist Charlie Porter has reportedly died in Punta Arenas, Chile, from heart problems.
Porter was born in Massachusetts in 1951, and by the early 1970s was one of America’s leading rock climbers. Notably, he made the first ascent, solo, of Zodiac
in 1972 on El Cap. That same year he also established the iconic Shield
, and the next year followed up with first ascents of Mescalito
and Tangerine Trip
, a line that was then the steepest on El Cap. In 1975, Porter put up Excalibur
using an innovative bong-and-wood-block sandwich to overcome the route’s lengthy section of flaring six-inch crack. This in an era before the invention of cams and most gear that we now take for granted.
Argentina’s Patagonia region, located in the southern cone of South America, is one of the world’s most impressive cycling destinations.
Comprised of three regions in Argentina, Patagonia encompasses mountains, endless miles of arid steppe, and a portion of the country’ coast. The world’s seventh largest desert takes up a large section of Patagonia, while the area’s population, according to The Patagonia Foundation, is a mere 1-2 people per square kilometer.
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.