American alpinist Brette Harrington has arrived in Patagonia for the winter.
On her Instagram, she reported soloing the classic route called Austriaca on Aguja de l’S. The route was first climbed in 1987 by Hans Bärnthaler and Ewald Lidl from Austria.
Pataclimb.com has reported that the route was soloed by other Americans. In 1996 Charlie Fowler ran a solo lap and then Colin Haley in 2011 and Josh McClure in 2012
There are two major variations, one from the east and one from the west. Harrington’s ascent took two-and-a-half hours and she made it at night.
What beautiful view of the Torres from the Fitz side of the valley. I free soloed Austriaca on De L's at 3 am in 2.5 hours. Headlamp route finding can be cruxy but this time I had luck on my side. I topped out in the dark and rappelled back down in the wind. Due to a few complications and a nasty head cold i called it good for the day and hiked back to town. @arcteryx @petzl_official @evolvusa #patagonia #torrevalley #austriaca