In the days after turning 40, legendary Belgian climber Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll soloed the Fitz Roy Traverse in Patagonia. He climbed the 2014 line by Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold in reverse.
The Fitz Roy Traverse follows the skyline of Cerro Fitz Roy and its six nearby peaks with a vertical gain of 4,000 metres over the six-kilometre range. “Thank you all for the birthday wishes!” O’Driscoll wrote on social media. “To celebrate my birthday I had myself the SEVEN cakes, some with icing, and a couple of extra side dishes!!!!”
Top Patagonia climber Colin Haley, said, “Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll has just made the 2nd ascent of the Fitz Traverse (and the 1st ascent of the Reverse Fitz Traverse)… solo! There is no doubt that this is the most impressive solo ascent ever done in Patagonia, and I can’t help but wonder if it isn’t simply the most impressive ascent ever done in Patagonia in general.”
With Nicolas Favresse, Oliver Favresse and Ben Ditto, O’Driscoll received a Piolet d’Or for a 2010 Greenland expedition. They climbed a number of big new routes. In 2014, they returned north and established 10 new routes while making the award-winning film Adventures of the Dodo.
More to come on this historic climb.