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
American Alpine Journal
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Hatch Magazine - While much of the world marvels at the incredible photos coming out of Chile, where the Calbuco volcano erupted twice over the last few days and spewed a massive cloud of ash high into the sky, there are probably more than a few anglers wondering what might become of their planned trips to Patagonia to chase trout next fall and winter.
Canoekayak.com - Dreams originate in the strangest of places. For British sea kayaker Erin Bastian, the idea of making a 500-mile journey through the isolated fjords of Chile came while she wasting time in a bookstore. “I picked up a map of Chile and saw a maze of channels and islands,” she says. Then and there, an expedition was inevitable. “I began hounding friends, emailing colleagues and asking around for folk keen enough to join me.”
- In Patagonia American alpinists Colin Haley and Alex Honnold have attempted a one day ascent of the Cerro Torre Traverse, enchaining Cerro Torre, Torre Egger, Punta Herron and Cerro Standhardt. The two were forced to turn back just two pitches below the last summit due to the Patagonian winds.
New York Times - THE greatest climb in the history of alpinism, a story of mythological proportions, occurred on Jan. 31, 1959. Cerro Torre, a 10,262-foot spire of granite, rises from the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap like a sharpened spear, so steep that climbing it had long been deemed impossible.
- There’s a stunning, take-your-breath-away sensation the moment you see the spectacular granite spires inside the Torres del Paine National Park for the first time.