Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold have completed one of the most awe-inspiring traverses in the Americas.
Patagonia has had its highs and lows in 2014, from the loss of Chad Kellogg on Fitz Roy to the first ascent of the Fitz Range traverse.
Rolando Garibotti is the foremost expert on Patagonia climbing, on Feb. 17 he wrote this on the Super Topo forum:
“Between the February 12 and 16, Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold completed the first ascent of the much discussed “Fitz Traverse,” climbing across the iconic ridge-line of Cerro Fitz Roy and its satellite peaks in southern Patagonia This ridge-line involves climbing Aguja Guillaumet, Aguja Mermoz, Cerro Fitz Roy, Aguja Poincenot, Aguja Rafael Juárez, Aguja Saint-Exúpery and Aguja de l’S. In all they climbed across over five kilometers of ridge line, covering close to 4,000 meters of vertical gain with difficulties to 5.11d, C1 65 degrees. They simul-climbed much of the climb, dispatching 20-pitch sections such as Pilar Goretta in a mere three pitches. This was Honnold’s first climb in Patagonia. Over the years Caldwell has done a number of impressive ascents in the area, most notably the first free and onsight ascent of Linea de Eleganza on Cerro Fitz Roy.” For more from Garibotti, visit Super Topo and Pata Climb.
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The weather in Patagonia has been bad this year, though Canadians Tony Richardson and Jonny Simms did climb a handful of icy-mixed lines, see here for more details.
Sources: Pata Climb, Super Topo, Rock and Ice