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British Free Attempt on Cerro Torre Southeast Ridge

Team heads to Patagonia to attempt the Southeast Ridge of Cerro Torre.

Two years ago, Cerro Torre had the world’s attention when two climbing teams made important ascents of separate routes. Jason Kruk and Hayden Kennedy climbed a new route on Cerro Torre’s Southeast Ridge, on their descent they chopped bolts on the historic Compressor Route. Soon after, David Lama climbed the Southeast Ridge, doing the first free ascent of the line, despite the chopping of the historical hardware.

In January, 2014, British climbers Dave MacLeodAlly SwintonCalum Muskett and photographer Ben Winston will be attempting to free climb the Southeast Ridge.

We will continue to update the story as details become available.

Cerro Torre as seen from the southeast Photo: Corey Rich/Red Bull Content Pool
Cerro Torre as seen from the southeast Photo: Corey Rich/Red Bull Content Pool
Kruk and Kenndy, outside their residence. Posters warned them to leave town. Local climbers did not like their bolt chopping, some alpinists praised their decision. Photo Mikey Schaefer
Kruk and Kenndy, outside their residence in El Chalten, Argentina. Posters warned them to leave town. Local climbers did not like their bolt chopping, some alpinists praised their decision. Photo Mikey Schaefer
Bolts from the Compressor Route Photo: Mikey Schaefer
Bolts from the Compressor Route Photo: Mikey Schaefer
lama
David Lama freeing the Compressor Route Photo David Lama Collection
Dave MacLeod Photo Lukasz Warzecha
Dave MacLeod Photo Lukasz Warzecha
Callum Muskett Photo Joey Durkin
Callum Muskett Photo Joey Durkin
Ally Swinton
Ally Swinton