Impressive start to season in Patagonia

American alpinist Colin Haley, along with Canadian Sarah Hart, have climbed a new route on Aguja Volonqui, 2,200 m, named El Lobito, 400 m, AI4+, M5, A0.  In November 2013, Italians  Tomas Franchini and Francesco Salvaterra climbed a frightening line on the south face of Cerro Rincón, climbing an obvious dihedral under a large 50-metre overhanging serac. They named their route Ruleta Trentina, 650 m, M5, WI5. Also in November, Slovenians Dejan Koren and Boštjan Mikuž climbed the first ascent of a new peak, Aguja Dumbo, 2,465 m, in the southern end of the Marconi range. Their route, named Vstala Primorska, is named after the “Second World War song that celebrates the rise and fight of the Primorska province in the western part of Slovenia, from where the first ascensionists hail,” – as noted on pataclimb.com.

The last few seasons in Patagonia have turned out some great conditions and weather. Climbers from all over are congregating for the 2013/14 season.

Read more about Sarah Hart in Patagonia here.

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For a full report on El Lobito from Colin Haley see here.

The east side of Aguja Volonqui, viewed from near the top of Domo Blanco. The Comesaña-Fonrouge is marked with red dots, and “El Lobito” in green dots.  Photo Colin Haley

The east side of Aguja Volonqui, viewed from near the top of Domo Blanco. The Comesaña-Fonrouge is marked with red dots, and “El Lobito” in green dots. Photo Colin Haley

 

Approaching Aguja Volonqui   Photo Colin Haley

Approaching Aguja Volonqui Photo Colin Haley

 

Fat ice on Lopito  Photo Colin Haley

Fat ice on Lopito Photo Colin Haley

Cerro Torre in December 2013  Photo Jason Kruk

Cerro Torre in December 2013 Photo Jason Kruk

Paul McSorley video from Patagonia

Source: Pataclimb.com, Sarah hart, Jason Kruk

 


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