American alpinist Colin Haley has made a solo ascent of the 2,685-metre Patagonia peak Torre Egger.
The ascent comes five years after his first solo of Aguja Standhardt and years of being a cutting-edge alpinist.
It took Haley 16-and-a-half hours to climb Torre Egger and he made the first solo ascent of Punta Herron, the peak next to Torre, during the ascent.
“The ascent went faster and more smoothly than I had ever hoped for,” wrote Haley on his social media. “The descent, on the other hand, was a bit of an epic, but that’s another story… The few people who engage in this game of big, technically-difficult, alpine-style soloing are the ones who truly understand.
“Regardless, I’m sure that yesterday’s climb is among the very best climbing accomplishments I have made in my life thus far. Very tired, very stoked.”
Les than two weeks ago, Haley and Andy Wyatt made the first one-day ascent of Fitz Roy, for more see here.